The Friday Stand-In 2016

Rector of St Stithian's College says universities are on a cusp

Tim Nuttall, rector of St Stithians joined the conversation about the quality of South African universities. This in the light of calls from some parents saying they are thinking of sending their children to study overseas.

Nuttall says people need to have a long term as well as a short term view of these issues.

The number of our parents and students in recent years considering studying overseas, is really very small. And the vast majority see that their children fo to a South African university.

Tim Nuttall, rector of St Stithians

They would possibly consider a post graduate course overseas, but would do undergraduate degree at a South African university.

Tim Nuttall, rector of St Stithians

Clearly the disruptions and the turmoil on the South African university campuses this last year or so has led to growing conversations.

Tim Nuttall, rector of St Stithians

But, says Nuttall, in a recent meeting he had with girl school leaders, all of them said they were going to local universities.

Even in a school like St Stithian's, where parents afford high fees, the costs of international (studies) are prohibitive, (with rand exchange rates).

Tim Nuttall, rector of St Stithians

Should South Africans be considered about the future of our universities?

I think universities are on a cusp at the moment...for me universities are in a fragile space, and this moment in time is a mission critical one for consolidating the transformation of our higher education system and maintaining a quality education system so that people who are looking for a quality education don't look overseas, but continue to look at South Africa universities.

Tim Nuttall, rector of St Stithians

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