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Short courses can improve career prospects

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Short course qualifications that are recent, relevant and specific can be far better indicators of a person’s current skills than a qualification achieved years ago. Needing from 8 to 120 hours of commitment, they enable someone to kick-start his or…

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M-education can speed up learning, participation

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With many students using their mobile phones to access information, rather than laptop or tablet, South African higher education institutions – whether public or private – are encouraged to support the integration of mobile devices and apps in formal and…

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Applications for 2018 financial aid open

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Applications for financial aid for all learners, who wish to enter the post-school system and students, who do not have financial assistance to continue their studies in 2018 academic year, has officially opened. National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Acting…

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Financial sector staff slow to pay student loans

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An estimated 17,000 employees at one financial services firm owe the National Students Financial Aids Scheme (NSFAS) more than R500m. On Tuesday, 1 August, the NSFAS said it had been struggling to retrieve student loans from many private sector employees…

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Inaugural Digital Academy Awards Ceremony announces nominees

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The inaugural BlueMagnet Digital Academy Awards Ceremony has announced the nominees who have excelled across various digital marketing programmes. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 24 August 2017 in Sandton. Gillian Meier, CEO and founder of BlueMagnet comments,…

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Funding gap at crowded colleges ‘set to widen’

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Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges are underfunded because of over enrolment and the Treasury projects the funding gap will widen by 2020. In a developing economy, the technical skills offered by these colleges are critical to growth….

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Further education advances career possibilities

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With intimidating competition and an ever-evolving economy, it is important to refresh and update skills and knowledge to progress in one’s career, which is often achieved through adding tertiary qualifications. While it may seem daunting to study part-time and climb…

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Nzimande picks team to drive change at varsities

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Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has established a 10-member committee to fast-track transformation in the tertiary sector. Nzimande’s department has been looking to accelerate transformation in universities, including setting clear targets and indicators. The demographics of the professoriate…

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FET needs to create employable graduates

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Further Education and Training (FET) should strive to achieve three goals, making graduates employable, creating a diverse workforce and meeting the needs of the country’s economy. The fourth Industrial Revolution, or the era of disruptive technology, requires complex problem solving,…

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Crowdfunding initiative to support student education

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Standard Bank is supporting a new crowdfunding initiative aimed at significantly enhancing access to education for students countrywide. In a call to action for all South Africans, the bank has undertaken to be the financier, enabler and go-to-market partner of…