Education

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 learning process is set to change forever for pupils of two rural Ntabankulu schools in the former Transkei after they were presented with 40 computers by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana. He urged the pupils and staff of Ntsikayezwe and Ntabankulu Senior Secondary Schools to make full use of the units to improve their studies.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) this October runs a short-course that will provide dealmakers with the negotiating skills to turn tough stand-offs into win-win situations.

We all grew up knowing IQ (Intelligence Quotient) was an important indicator for success. Later, EQ (Emotional Quotient) became equally important. Now, there is SQ (Spiritual Quotient), which transcends reason and emotion. It encourages us to see the bigger picture and be co-creators of the world we live in.

The FET College sector has been placed in the limelight as one of the possible answers to the national skills shortage

New research from the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) has revealed seven X-factors that have helped South Africa?s top financial services sector entrepreneurs achieve success.

A group of 19 of the country?s eminent researchers in various fields are to be recognised for their efforts and bestowed with awards. The National Research Foundation (NRF) will honour the scholars at their annual NRF Presidents Awards, which will be attended by dignitaries including Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena.

National Research Foundation (NRF) vice president Professor Albert van Jaarsveld told jounalists gathered at the Johannesburg Press Club that South Africa will need to drastically improve on delivery of skilled people if they hope to remain competitive in the growing global knowledge economy.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) will team up with Gordon Cook, Director of Vega The Brand Communications School, to run a course this September that will give leaders the tools to think strategically about their marketing activities.

This is an invitation from the North-West University to all of those interested in applying for their 2008 Extended Programmes .

The University of KwaZulu-Natal, Graduate School of Business cordially invites you to an open day where you will have the opportunity of interacting with staff, students and alumni who will be able to answer all your questions pertaining to the degree and allay any fears you may have.

In a rapidly changing information, communications and technology (ICT) industry, technical ability will no longer guarantee you the strategic role of chief information officer (CIO). Contemporary CIOs are required to be knowledge leaders, change agents and innovators who extend their influence and expertise to others.

The Lean Summit, the only such event on the African continent, aims to increase the adoption of Lean as a means of improving product and service delivery while reducing costs, and will act as the catalyst for the establishment of an African Lean centre of excellence at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Whole system change, that seeks to bring together large scale change in communities and companies, is not merely about "nice' or "easy' change: we must head for "amazing change', said Dr Steve Cady, American publisher, teacher, and consultant on whole system change.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) has appointed Dr Shadrick Mazaza as a Senior Lecturer in Health Management. Dr Mazaza will play a key role on the Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme, run as an equal partnership between the UCT School of Public Health and Family Medicine (SPHFM) and the Corporate Learning division at the UCT GSB.

The fast pace of the 21st Century has turned us into impatient consumers who expect that "off the shelf, ready-made, one-size-fits-all' solutions will be the answer to our challenges.

The decision to enroll for an MBA is usually the result of an intricate process where various factors were considered. In general, MBA studies are seen as costly, both on a personal and financial level, making it necessary to properly research all available options. Milpark Business School's Dr Hennie Scheepers looks into what it takes to be successful with your studies.

Business schools are faced with the challenge of remaining relevant within their various environments. Milpark discuss the market, your options, and what their offerings will equip you with in the highly competitive MBA sector.

As the impact of the recent teacher?s strike on matric results is still anxiously being debated and matric students frantically try to recoup lost weeks of study in the run-up to their final examinations

Naledi Pandor, the minister of education, says the workplace can be used as a way to speed up the provision of skills for the country

MEC for education in the Western Cape Cameron Dugmore has stated that he is looking to start an initiative linking grass-roots literacy and numeracy courses with the FET colleges in an attempt to try and speed up the process of addressing the crucial skills shortage currently hampering our country's growth

A report on trends in higher education has shown that the number of graduates in South Africa has grown over the a ten-year period from 542 398 to reach 1,18 million in the most recent report. The number of black graduates has doubled from 25% to reach 50%. However Education Minister Naledi Pandor noted the Saqa report showed that, " the majority of black graduates are in the social sciences and not in the engineering sciences and technology.'

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has announced what she terms a "significant investment" in higher education infrastructure at public universities. Institutions to benefit include the Universities of the Western Cape, Venda, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan and Tshwane University of Technology.

The Education Department's budget for the coming years includes an additional R2billion for universities and plans for a significant increase in the number of students. Plans announced this week forsee student numbers increasing from 728 000 to 820 000 over the next three years.

A public-private partnership with government aims to encourage long-term savings for education, as well as access to Further Education Training (FET) colleges and universities. The scheme will see the state match the regular monthly savings that parents invest for their children?s education at university or FET college.

Apartheid and inadequate resources are no longer justifiable arguments to defend mediocrity, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor. Delivering the Department of Education?s budget speech, she urged South Africans to affirm excellence and reject mediocrity "in the interest of nation building, socio-economic development and true liberation.'

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