The City of Tshwane will host the inaugural Study in Tshwane Career Week on 13-20 May 2017 at the State Theatre and Lilian Ngoyi Museum Precinct in the Pretoria CBD. The event is primarily aimed at encouraging high school learners from the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to choose the City of Tshwane as their study destination of choice.
The Study in Tshwane Career Week will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the International Museums Week which will also be celebrated on 13-20 May 2017 in the City of Tshwane. For more information visit www.network.icom.museum/international-museum-day
The City of Tshwane enjoys a unique vintage point of being the capital of knowledge, research and innovation with various private and public colleges and universities, as well as research and innovation centres. It is estimated that the city has about 500,000 study spaces for tertiary education studies at the various public and private institutions, including nursing and police training academies.
In these hard economic times, there is no reason for any of the matriculants to look beyond the City of Tshwane in search of a college or university placement. With about 350,000 student enrolments, the University of South Africa is one of the top 20 mega universities in the world, and can accommodate many local students if they are encouraged to Study in Tshwane.
The University of Pretoria and the University of Tshwane both has a collective capacity to register just above 100,000. Both institutions offer a large variety of study programs for which prospective students are spoilt for choice. Their main campuses in the west and east of the city are attractive study destinations, forming part of the landscape and landmarks of the City of Tshwane. Besides the good academic programs they offer, both institutions provide for exciting student life opportunities in sports, arts and culture.
Sefako Makgatho University specialises in health sciences and complements the University of Pretoria as a medical university associated with George Mukhari and Steve Biko academic hospitals respectively.
Tshwane North and South TVET colleges also contribute immensely in offering technical and vocational education to about 50,000 students studying in the City of Tshwane. Both colleges have good reputation and have campuses in the various township communities around the city, providing easy access to learners from these localities.
So why should prospective students Study in Tshwane? The City of Tshwane is the most liveable student city in South Africa. It provides for an exceptional student experience with services like Free Wifi that provides internet connectivity for access to communication, learning material and research.
The City has 60 libraries and resource centres for provision of learning materials and spaces for student access. In terms of travel, the city offers Metro Rail, Gautrain, Areyeng BRT, Tshwane Bus Services, private scholar transport and taxis from all corners of the city.
Private student accommodation is mushrooming at a rapid pace, relieving local colleges and universities with shortage of on-campus accommodation. The various student hubs both in the city and townships provide easy access to eating and grocery needs for students.
In terms of leisure and recreation, the city offers a wide variety of opportunities for student life. Whether be it sports, art, culture or heritage – students can enjoy both day and night life with relative safety. Indeed there are few town-planning innovations that can improve the quality of student experience, but overall this is an ideal student city for aspiring local and international students. International students have an additional advantage of easy access to their diplomatic missions for services and support.
The tourist attractions in the City of Tshwane make the city a memorable place to see and discover. Whether it be the Union Buildings, Freedom Park or the Voortrekker Monument – the many heritage sites and museums are a must to see and marvel at.
Ultimately the choice to Study in Tshwane will benefit students immensely, including savings with costs like long-distance travel, private accommodation and other costs of living. Living at home with your parents, if you are a local student, might just be one factor that may guarantee the successful completion of your studies.