GradStar Awards

The 2016 GradStar Awards

After receiving thousands of entries from across the country and putting entrants through a rigorious four-phase judging process, South Africa’s Top 100 university students have been chosen. The Top 100 students are selected based on leadership criteria and readiness for the workplace, in addition to their academic performance, and the programme culminated in employer workshops with the Top 100, who represent the financial, accounting, IT, engineering and legal disciplines, among others.

The list was announced at a Gala Dinner in Johannesburg on the 27th September 2016, along with the “Ten of the Finest” – a top ten group who show the most potential, as judged by the employers.

See the Top 100 students here.



The GradStar Awards are a way to recognise the Top 100 Students across South Africa and to connect them with potential employers, in turn giving employers a chance to develop long lasting relationships with the top talent in the country.

This is an annual event that brings students, their universities and the most popular graduate employers in South Africa together to celebrate success across the entire industry. It is the culmination of the stringent selection process that has filtered thousands of university students nationwide to find the top 100 students who not only excel academically, but who are also well rounded and possess leadership skills. It is also a chance to celebrate the most popular employers in South Africa.


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Dr David Molapo

Dr David Molapo

Our Programme Patron, Dr David Molapo, has recently been tasked by the Office Of The President and the Department of Education with the responsibility of putting together 16 events celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Youth Day on 16th June 2016.

Dr Molapo has fully endorsed the GradStar Awards, saying;

“This is a worthy programme, designed to uplift the student youth at this time of unrest and provide an aspirational platform to assist them in achieving their potential. I urge you, as the employers and educators of South Africa, to support this initiative and help create this exciting network of young people.”







University partners…

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