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The Centre for Higher Education & Development (CHED) is unique in the higher education domain in South Africa as research forms a substantial part of the programmes, together with the teaching. The research encompasses a very wide range of activities and consists of six departments:

  • Academic Development Programme (ADP)
  • Careers Service (CS)
  • Centre for Educational Technology (CET)
  • Centre for Open Learning (COL)
  • Higher and Adult Education Studies & Development Unit (HAESDU)


  • Commerce
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Science 


  •  Enhancing the competence of graduates
  •  Promoting and developing the curriculum in partnership with faculties
  • To be a cross-faculty unit that contributes to quality improvement of higher education. 


  • Catering for new categories of students
  • Contribution to policy dissemination through production of professional policy reports.
  • Designing a revised quality assurance system for UCT
  • Developing a co-ordinated "First Year Experience" with orientation programmes 
  • Developing opportunities for students to take part in community services.
  • Developing, appropriate assessment and accreditation systems
  • Ensuring the best possible support in respect of Information Technology Services and Libraries, 
  • Establishing partnerships with each faculty to promote the best environment for academic development
  • Strong structure for student support
  • The designing of postgraduate courses for professional educators working in the field of higher education


The Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) was established in 1999 in rsponse to the widespread shifts in student learning. CHED was designed to provide a single space in which the academic and service needs of UCT's diverse student body are addressed in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

In the 2006 CHD was commended for its national leadership role.

Higher Education Development includes the development of educational opportunities for disadvantaged students as well as the development of the quality of higher education.

The establishment of the Centre was possible as a result of the reconfiguration of the university's upper campus where new accommodation was allocated for this purpose.

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