- Created: Tuesday, 03 April 2018 13:55
- Written by S. Ndlovu - President, SAIMM
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Universities have opened their doors for the new academic year, welcoming both the old and the new students. Every year there is an increase in demand for university places as young people look into acquiring a tertiary education as a means of securing and empowering their future. Following the newly announced free education dispensation by the South African government, university placements promise to be much more highly competitive as more students are expected to take advantage of this dispensation to gain the academic skills that will form the foundation for their careers.
The importance of higher education cannot be overemphasized. Countries look to universities for the capacity and skills that drive local economies, lead effective governments, support civil society, and at the same time guide very important decisions, which affect entire societies. University education is expected to enable individuals to expand their knowledge, express their thoughts and ideas clearly, gain higher level skills, increase their understanding of the world and their community, and thus contribute meaningfully to the development of the country’s economy. But, most importantly, the resultant graduates should be dynamic and easily adapt to the changing needs of the industry that they will serve. This aspect has become more significant and relevant when considering the modern-day technological developments and industrial changes.