In 2017, FPD enrolled 24,916 students bringing the total number of students who have studied with FPD to 406,377.
Since its inception, the Academic Cluster has successfully overcome barriers that prevent students from obtaining opportunities to further their studies. These include: sourcing valuable scholarships for disadvantaged groups, taking programmes to various towns and districts where the need is across Africa and offering blended learning approaches that limits time away from work.
This section provides an overview in graphic form of the demographics of students who were enrolled on FPD courses in 2017.
During 2017, FPD continued to support efforts to promote access to education through securing educational grants from sponsors and donors for all potential FPD students.
The funding from grants and sponsorships are utilised in the form of a subsidy to enroll potential students. This reduces costs as a barrier to education. During 2017, educational grants and sponsorships to the value of R35,205,525 million were received. The total monetary value of scholarships awarded since 1998 is R636,032,975 million.
Educational Grants (1999-2017)
FPD employs a model of using a contracted faculty panel, which ensures access to the best faculty in the field. Most of the FPD Head of Departments also act as faculty. The following graphs provide an overview of the qualifications and expertise of FPD staff who taught on programmes in 2017.