Universities seem to be shifting their focus to research-based tertiary education and accommodating more postgraduate students
Most industry players believe the criteria used in university rankings leave out critical considerations such as the social context of South Africa.
The university says it had consulted the institution's student representative council before making the decision.
The former public protector will take up her position in 2018 after a sabbatical.
When several South African universities merged, it was hoped this would improve access and equality. It had the opposite effect.