South Africa’s public tertiary education institutions lack the capacity to meet the enormous and increasing demands of young people who aspire to attain higher qualifications. There’s a clear need for the growth of quality private institutions that can add robustness and diversity to the country’s higher education ecosystem.
With this in mind, SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology) has built on its solid growth over the past three years and has just opened its third campus in the country, in Pretoria.
“The future success of South Africa will depend on our country’s ability to develop a knowledgeable and skilled workforce at a tertiary education level and private institutions need to respond to this challenge with responsibility and seriousness,” says Lance Katz, SACAP’s CEO, “Credible private players are investing heavily in delivering high quality qualifications that are equivalent to the best that the public institutions have to offer. SACAP is one of these.”
SACAP, a specialist in the training of mental health practitioners to meet the country’s ever-increasing demand for the provision of quality mental health care services, has achieved steady and significant growth. The college also has campuses in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as an online offering. From a base of 400 students in 2013, SACAP now has over 1 000 students.
There are several key drivers of the growth, according to Katz: “In general, there’s an expanding private education sector in South Africa. However, there are also specific factors that are driving our growth. By now, our reputation for excellence in our field of training is well-established, and the qualifications we offer are particularly relevant to South Africa. We are also known for having a compelling educational philosophy that blends skills and knowledge in an intimate and interactive learning environment with expert practitioner educators. All this is coupled with the accessibility of well-located campuses and a vibrant online learning environment.”
In its first year of operation, the new SACAP Pretoria Campus, which is located in the Brookfield Office Park close to the Brooklyn Mall, is offering the Higher Certificate in Counselling & Communication Skills, Bachelor of Applied Social Science and Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) qualifications. In line with Cape Town and Johannesburg, classes will be kept small to ensure the close interaction between students and educators that underpins SACAP’s educational approach. The campus is accessible from the Gautrain and includes a library, as well as pause and study areas.
The choice of Pretoria as a third campus has been a strategic one, according to SACAP. “Our vision is to train knowledgeable and skilled mental health practitioners to meet real needs,” Katz points out, “We are sensitive to the national mental health landscape so that we expand our offering accordingly. Our experience in expanding to Johannesburg highlighted the substantial demand for SACAP’s offering in Gauteng. It has therefore, been a logical progression to now establish the new Pretoria campus in proximity to our well-established Johannesburg one.”
To find out more visit: www.sacap.edu.za/pretoria-campus/