Nearly R800 million rand – which has benefited more than 22 000 students and helped 6 000 postgraduate students pay their tuition fees – was raised by Universities South Africa (USAf) in the past 19 months.

This was the good news shared by Dr. Linda Meyer (above), Director – Operations and Sector Support at USAf which represents 26 of South Africa’s public universities.

However, she said that universities can no longer depend on historical revenue streams and resources and need to look to new ways of raising money in order to become self-reliant.

Dr. Meyer was addressing public universities’ executive leadership at their two-day Executive Leadership Workshop (ELW) that was hosted by Universities South Africa’s Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme.