Education, best described as the process of imparting or receiving knowledge, is one of the highest priorities on the global agenda. Across the world, governments and organised groups are working to eradicate illiteracy in order to emancipate impoverished people groups. Education can take place in formal and informal settings, however, schools and learning institutions are the primary mediums through which people receive an education in modern society. Reading and writing are the foundations of formal education. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela.

The popular Nomadic Marketing course returns to the UCT Graduate School of Business, with a fresh coat of paint! Course director and online marketing expert Dave Duarte tells us the course has been redesigned to move away from broad explanations and definitions towards the more strategic level of implementation.

Workplace stress and depression is on the rise with many people struggling to find true fulfilment from their careers. According to UCT Professor Kurt April and entrepreneur Nick Williams, the 21st century is ushering in a new way of thinking about our careers and how they can bring fulfilment to our lives - which is good news for both workers and employers.

An international study analysing the entrepreneurial activity in 34 world cities has shown that Cape Town has far higher levels of opportunity-based entrepreneurship than Johannesburg and is well above South Africa?s national entrepreneurship average.

Hundreds of financially disadvantaged post matric students selected through academic and leadership qualities to study at Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) at no cost, will benefit further from a new bursary scheme set up by one of SA?s top entrepreneurs.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF) and the United Kingdom-owned Oxford University Press (OUP) have signed an innovative partnership which will seek to promote leadership and scholarship in Africa.

Knowledge has become the new wealth of nations. What?s more, knowledge as a resource does not depreciate over time like other resources. It grows when one shares it. So says Jose Luis Cordeiro, an independent consultant and a visiting research fellow from the Institute of Developing Economies in Japan, speaking at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).

The National Assembly passed the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Bill on 19 August and it will become law later this year.

Cape Town's Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), is offering scholarships to the value of R6,5 million to 120 new students for entry into their Foundation Year in 2009. Students who successfully complete this year will be offered a further scholarship to study towards TSiBA's Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) degree.

To help address the shortage of skilled managers in the South Africa?s private and public sectors, the UCT GSB is offering a programme that will help organisations to accelerate the development of top-performing staff and new managers. A dearth of competent managers is one of the hurdles to South Africa achieving higher levels of service delivery and business growth.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been welcomed as the patron of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement (ACDS) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). Described as "the ideal person' to be the Patron of the ACDS at the USB, Tutu is known for his activism for human rights and campaigns to fight Aids, poverty and racism.

The ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), is now open to teams of students, ages 9-19, from anywhere in the world. Each team must be coached by a teacher or school employee

The Department of Health and Social Services in Mpumalanga has called on the province?s youth to apply for bursaries available in the department for the 2009 academic year. The bursaries include careers in Medicine (MBCHB), pharmacy, radiography, physiotherapy, speech and hearing therapy, psychology, nutrition, nursing and social work.

The Chinese government has doubled the number of scholarship it grants to Africa to 4 000 students per year, says Yu Wenzhe, China?s Ambassador to Ghana. The expanded package is China's contribution to help Africa to achieve its goals, Mr Wenzhe said at a reception he hosted for 34 Ghanaian students who have received Chinese government scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Law students will have the opportunity to hone their skills while providing poor communities with access free legal services, with the launch of a new programme by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Funding changes are being drafted which will see FET College funding move from the provinces to the national education department. Education Minister Naledi Pandor announced the plans when she addressed the First Pan African TVET and FET College conference. She also hailed the changes which will allow colleges to offer courses at level 5 on the NQF.

Speaking at the inauguration of Dr Max Price as Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Education Minister Pandor said: "Universities require more intensive and extensive interventions. Our immediate priority is to make conditions more conducive to better research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.'

The University of Fort Hare is to hold a Festival of Ideas to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of it?s former students - Nelson Mandela.

The Department of Education has introduced five new policies that are expected to yield positive results in the country?s education system. The changes will impact on school and FET College learning, and include an ambitious plan to connect all schools in the country to the internet by 2013.

Business and the Arts are most often viewed as two opposite and irreconcilable worlds, but now a programme run by the UCT Graduate School of Business is bringing them closer together. Described by a past graduate as "therapy for artists in relation to business and money', the programme will run for the second time this year.

Government has made progress on the pilot "Kha Ri Gude' Mass Literacy Campaign by enrolling 360 000 learners. The Education Dept will be spending R6.1 billion on the campaign over five years to enable 4.7 million South Africans achieve literacy by 2012.

The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has been named the No 1 business school in South Africa by the Professional Management Review ( The USB achieved the highest overall score of 4.11 out of a possible 5 points in the annual national survey of MBA accredited schools.

The Zenex Foundation has invested over R12 million to develop schools of excellence in rural KwaZulu-Natal, with a particular focus on Maths, Science and English. The project was launched in the province by the Education MEC at the Phungashe Education Resource Centre.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has urged universities to do more to help first-year students adjust to the new academic learning and teaching styles they experience when they reach the tertiary level. She said the failure of schools to support learners in acquiring effective competence was among several factors contributing to the difference between success at school and success at university.

The provincial Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal has offered bursaries to students from poor backgrounds, who want to take up their studies in the health field. The offer applies to students who have already completed their matric, currently in matric, or those enrolled in tertiary institutions studying towards health related qualifications.

73 top secondary schools are benefitting from high-level consultation workshops with leading business strategists Chantell Ilbury and Clem Sunter. The popular pair have been brought in by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation to host workshops with the headmasters to help them maintain their schools? high educational standards.


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