What is higher education?

Higher education refers to the formal education at university level that enables students to achieve qualifications such as Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees or Doctorates. These qualifications have a strong theoretical basis, although many higher education qualifications also include practical application to the world of work. Higher education prepares students for specific professions, e.g. to become an architect, engineer, lawyer, medical doctor, psychologist or teacher, or it offers students a general education in fields such as the arts, commerce, management, health sciences or natural sciences.