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Academic Planning

The Department of Institutional Planning supports the University’s academic planning activities. It provides assistance to the Academic Planning Committee and advice to the University community on general academic planning issues. The department’s HEMIS Office provides input on the academic structure of new and existing qualifications, and maintains the academic structure on the University’s operational database. The office maintains the University’s Programme and Qualifications Mix (PQM), which is the record of qualifications approved for funding by the Department of Higher Education & Training.

Key external agencies involved in the approval of new qualifications aligned with the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) are the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET), the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).


The key challenges facing the South African Higher Education system are to redress the past inequalities and to transform the higher education system by providing life-long education and training which will in turn contribute towards improving the quality of life and building a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society. The DHET seeks to provide a context for long-range planning for the higher education and training sector through the development of relevant strategy and legislation. It guides the sector through the mechanisms of enrolment planning and differentiation, and through  programme approval and funding.

The DHET’s website can be accessed at the following address:


The South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body responsible for advising the Minister of Higher Education & Training on all higher education policy issues, and for quality assurance in higher education and training.  The Council on Higher Education (CHE) has one permanent committee, the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). The HEQC has executive responsibility for quality promotion and quality assurance in higher education.

The CHE’s web address is:


The South African Qualifications Authority has two main functions:

  • To oversee the development of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), by formulating and publishing policies and criteria for the registration of bodies responsible for establishing education and training standards or qualifications and for the accreditation of bodies responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of such standards and qualifications;
  • To oversee the implementation of the NQF by ensuring the registration, accreditation and assignment of functions to the bodies referred to above, as well as the registration of national standards and qualifications on the framework. It must also take steps to ensure that provisions for accreditation are complied with and where appropriate, that registered standards and qualifications are internationally comparable.

SAQA’s web address is: