Welcome to CHEC
The Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) aims to establish the Western Cape as a strong higher education
region which, through systemic inter-institutional cooperation and academic programme collaboration,
- distinctively responsive to regional, national and international developments in the knowledge economy
of the 21st century
- sensitive to historical realities in promoting equity across its institutions and
- cost-effective and of high quality.
This academic consortium comprises the four public universities in the Western Cape. All of the universities
are within a 40-minute range from each other by road and share a single automated library system.
Since the beginning of 2012, the University of South Africa (UNISA) has held observer status at the CHEC
Board meetings. Where possible, UNISA is included in CHEC activities.
The CHEC Board of Directors comprises four senior executives, usually the deputy vice chancellors charged
with academic affairs, and the CHEC chief executive officer. The Board operates under delegated authority
from the Councils of the four universities.
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The four universities in the Western Cape - UCT, CPUT, UWC and Stellenbosch University - have completed
a large-scale graduate tracer survey. The survey, which was conducted under the auspices of the Cape
Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) aimed to reach 24 000 graduates who acquired their degrees (undergraduate
and postgraduate) and diplomas from the four universities in 2010.
The main purpose of the survey is to better understand the varied pathways into work for the graduates
of the four universities. It is anticipated that the findings of the survey will assist the universities
to formulate strategies to improve the link between education and employment for the benefit of future
generations of university students.
In June 2013, CHEC published the survey findings in two formats of the report entitled 'Pathways from
University to Work: A Graduate Destination Survey of the 2010 Cohort of Graduates from the Western
Cape Universities'. Please
click here to download the ABRIDGED version or
here to download the FULL report.