Is STADIO a private university?
In South Africa, registered private institutions that offer higher education may not call themselves private universities, and are referred to as private higher education institutions. In the future, once legislation allows for it, STADIO will apply for private university status.
Why was STADIO established?
Most private higher education institutions in South Africa have a narrow focus, usually offering a range of qualifications in a single field. LISOF specialised in fashion; Prestige Academy focused on business, IT and design studies; Southern Business School specialised in commerce and law; whilst Embury was a specialist teacher training institution. Also, institutions usually either offer qualifications on a campus or through distance learning.
With the establishment of STADIO, we can now offer students a wide range of qualifications through various modes of delivery, on campus or from where ever you are, with innovative online capability supporting both modes.
Who owns STADIO?
STADIO is owned by STADIO Holdings Limited, an investment holdings company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). STADIO Holdings started as a subsidiary of the private schooling group Curro Holdings, but STADIO Holdings unbundled from Curro in 2017. STADIO Holdings also owns 100% of AFDA (www.afda.co.za) and 82,7% of Milpark Education (www.milpark.ac.za).
Who is STADIO?
STADIO is a new private higher education institution that was established when four institutions merged in 2020, namely LISOF, Prestige Academy, Southern Business School, and Embury. These four institutions have more than 100 years combined experienced in higher education.
What faculties and schools do you have?
STADIO currently has the following faculties, with their specialist schools:
The Faculty of Arts & Design offers two schools namely; School of Fashion and School of Media & Design
The Faculty of Commerce, Administration & Management offers three schools namely; School of Administration & Management, School of Commerce, School of Management for Safety in Society
The Faculty of Education offers one school namely; School of Education
The Faculty of Law offers one school namely; School of Law
The Faculty of Science and Technologies offers one school namely; School of Information Technology
Are you planning any new faculties or schools?
Yes, we plan to launch a new faculties in time. A new School of Engineering will fall under the Faculty of Science and Technologies by 2023.
Where are your campuses?
STADIO has eight campuses in South Africa, and two support offices in Namibia. List of campuses, with their previous institution name:
Bellville (Cape Town) formerly Prestige Academy
Centurion (Pretoria) formerly Prestige Academy
Hatfield (Pretoria) formerly LISOF
Krugersdorp (Johannesburg) formerly SBS
Montana (Pretoria) formerly Embury
Musgrave (Durban) formerly Embury
Randburg (Johannesburg) formerly LISOF
Waterfall (Midrand) formerly Embury
Windhoek Distance Learning Support Office (Namibia) formerly SBS
Ongwediva Distance Learning Support Office (Namibia) formerly SBS
Are you planning any new campuses?
Yes, we plan to open a new multi-faculty campus in Centurion in Gauteng in 2022, with another multi-faculty campus following in Durbanville in the Western Cape. Stay tuned to our social media for updates!
Who can offer higher education in South Africa?
Only institutions that are registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) can offer higher education in South Africa. In March 2020, South Africa had 26 registered public universities (such as Wits, UNISA and UJ), 102 registered private higher education institutions, and 34 provisionally registered private higher education institutions. The details of all private higher education institutions appear on a register, which you can find on the DHET website (www.dhet.gov.za), under Resources >> Registers.
Does the status or value of a degree at a public university differ from the same degree at a private higher education institution?
All higher education institutions, whether they are public or private, go through the same process of accreditation for their qualifications at the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). For example, a Bachelor’s degree offered at Wits and a Bachelor’s degree offered at STADIO went through the same curriculum scrutiny at the HEQC and both institutions are subject to the same quality assurance process on an ongoing basis.
Does STADIO get government subsidies?
No. Only public universities get subsidies from government. Private higher education institutions rely solely on tuition fees to offer their qualifications to students.
Can I apply for NSFAS funding if I want to study at STADIO?
No because NSFAS funding is available only to students who want to study at public universities. Many governments around the world provide funding to students directly, who can then choose to study at a registered private or public university. However, the South African government does not fund students who want to study at a private higher education institution.
Is there a difference between the main focus of public universities and private higher education institutions?
Traditional public universities in South Africa focus mainly on offering degrees to undergraduate students, rather than also offering higher certificates and diplomas. Also, postgraduate studies are a major focus area for traditional universities, whereas most private higher education institutions offer limited postgraduate opportunities.
I graduated from LISOF/Prestige Academy/SBS/Embury before 2020. Now that my institution does not exist anymore, what is the status of my qualification?
The status of your qualification remains unchanged. You achieved a formal qualification from a registered private higher education institution, and you should be very proud of the heritage of your institution.
I studied at LISOF/Prestige Academy/SBS/Embury in 2020 and will continue my studies in 2021. Which institution will I be graduating from?
You will be graduating with a STADIO qualification. However, for all students who initially registered for a qualification at LISOF, Prestige Academy, SBS or Embury, your STADIO graduation certificate will include the reference “formerly LISOF”, “formerly Prestige Academy”, “formerly Southern Business School” or “formerly Embury”.
Do you offer student loans?
STADIO is not a financial services or credit provider, so we do not offer student loans. However, to make it as easy as possible for you to study with us, we do offer monthly payment plans. We also offer discounts for upfront payments.
You may view them here: https://stadio.ac.za/student-funding
Do you offer bursaries?
STADIO endeavours to promote its mission of widening access to higher education. In doing so, STADIO seeks to provide support and acknowledgement to deserving new and existing students by way of the award of bursaries to a limited number of students on an annual basis. These bursaries have already been awarded based on, inter alia, financial need and academic merit. As bursaries become available, we will publish the application details on our website and social media.
Are your qualifications internationally recognized?
All higher education institutions, whether they are public or private, go through the same process of accreditation for their qualifications at the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). For example, a Bachelor’s degree offered at Wits and a Bachelor’s degree offered at STADIO went through the same curriculum scrutiny at the HEQC and both institutions are subject to the same quality assurance process on an ongoing basis. Your future employer may look up the SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) to verify the validity of the qualification.
Fact: STADIO School of Fashion is the only Internationally Accredited fashion school in South Africa. Accredited by the British Accreditation Council.