Finding and filtering through information regarding higher education opportunities in the country may become much easier for South African youth (and their parents), following the creation of online student platform, Stoogle.
We spoke with Jason Basel, CEO of Stoogle and David Esterhuizen, the company’s sales executive.
According to Basel, Stoogle helps navigate all the key decision points related to one's academic career from subject choices in Grade 9 through to job applications post-graduation.
They have recently launched a platform Stoogle Advisor, which assist high schools students with calculating the marks they require to enter their desired university programmes.
Stoogle is something that needs to be done, full stop. There is nothing like it and there is a huge need for it. There are so many high school pupils around the country, and parents, as well as university students who need more practical information; and they need to be serviced .— Jason Basel, CEO of Stoogle
Centralising university applications
Basel says that they are working with Department of Higher Education and Training to try centralise the application process for all South African pupils. The aim is to provide an automated process, where applicants upload their transcripts and CV's once on their site, and send the application to multiple universities.
According to Esterhuizen, Stoogle has the most comprehensive bursary listings in the country. Stoogle is in the process of creating a functionality that allows for a student’s send their bursary application to several funding opportunities at once. The bursaries are filtered according to degree prospects.
That functionality is so important in this day and age. These days it’s a numbers game, you have to apply to as many bursaries as possible. You apply to 10 bursaries; you get one – it’s just the way it works. Having this automated application functionality is important for high school students. We encourage parents to take a look and help their children make decisions and look for bursaries.— David Esterhuizen, Stoogle sales executive
The website offers information on thirteen of the top tertiary institutions in the country, it sources different information on degree programmes, gap year experiences and gives advice on how to get into and through university.
Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: