News of the agreement between Unisa and the South African Police Service to form a Police University in Paarl has been well received overall. The Police University will sign up 120 students for a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science in January next year.
Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya told an audience that included the Minister of Police and the National Commissioner during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Unisa and the SAPS that the new university needs to develop a model that is a hybrid characterisation of theoretical and practical training.
StudyNotesWiki spoke to Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies Dr Johan Burger who said that he is happy about this partnership as the police will not be establishing the University on their own.
Many well wishers used social media to share their thoughts on the new university. Taariq Kagee (@TKagee) tweeted "Good luck. General Phiyega should know it’s not so easy." Another twitter user named Blessed Best (@bsithole570) heaped praise tweeting "Agreement signed by department of police & unisa is good decision [sic] it’ll reduce fraud qualifications in the department of police."
Unisa and the SAPS are yet to provide details as to the cost of tuition and boarding at the new establishment.