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I’ve been accepted into the University of South Africa! (Again…)

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After needing to wait a year, and recently going through a lot of bureaucratic systems (B.S. for short 🙂 , I have been accepted into the University of South Africa’s Doctor of Education program, focusing on comparative education (which focuses on comparing education systems throughout the world).  I’ve written about my proposed doctoral research before, but it is nice to know that the next major step towards completing the research is done.

I just hope that South Africa doesn’t continue to go down the road of its neighbor, Zimbabwe. With the recent firing of Nhlanhla Nene, the respected finance minister, it seems Jacob Zuma has not learned from the mistakes of Zimbabwe, and instead may be becoming more like Mugabe…  I truly hope some more sense can come to their leadership….  Although, right now the U.S. doesn’t have much more to talk about, when Donald Trump is making broad statements about interning and barring Muslims, that is not much different from the xenophobia in South Africa (although to be fair, it is not clear Jacob Zuma incited those, but he also didn’t do much to stop them!).

Although, on the flip side.  All of the bad economic decisions being made by South Africa is causing the Rand to lose value to the U.S. dollar, and it is likely that the upcoming U.S. interest rate increase will generally increase the dollar’s value more than developing nation currencies, so that will also likely mean the Rand will lose greater value. This in the end will mean that I am likely to pay a lot less for my doctorate, than the already low cost that it would be.  And despite their issues, the professors I’ve worked with thus far are top notch.

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Written by Jacob Walker

December 11th, 2015 at 6:01 pm

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  1. Interesting story….Is the Degree accredited here in the US…thanks


    20 Dec 15 at 1:22 pm

  2. Generally speaking, “yes”, the degree is considered legitimate in the United States, because it is from an a university that is approved (accredited) by a recognized government. It also helps that Nelson Mandela was a graduate from UNISA. Although, I believe that the brand identity of South Africa will affect how well my education is viewed, per economic “signaling theory”… If South Africa becomes more like Zimbabwe, my degree will probably not be as well recognized, as if it changes course back to the one set by Mr. Mandela; in which case I believe the degree will likely be more respected.

    Jacob Walker

    21 Dec 15 at 11:40 am

  3. Interesting….


    20 Dec 15 at 1:22 pm

  4. […] but its decisions to let its U.S. accreditation lapse, and the shenanigans of it president, Jacob Zuma, have thus far prevented it from being a significant player in the U.S. market.  But, its cost to […]

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