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 Advanced Programme in Call Centre Leadership, launched in 2007, harnesses the knowledge of industry experts, explores the latest industry research and best practice, and involves enlightening industry visits to both in-house and outsource call centres.

Future intelligence under discussion at international conference in Stellenbosch

Futurists from around the world gathered in Stellenbosch this week (5 - 8 November) to discuss the state of the future and future intelligence capacity.

President Thabo Mbeki chaired the Higher Education Working Group meeting at the Union Buildings in Tshwane. Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor and various representatives of the Higher Education fraternity, also attended the Working Group, which was last held in May this year.

Government is to increase the number of tertiary institutions to reach its target of 20 percent enrolment of young people aged between 18 and 25 in the higher education system by 2015

The first programme of its kind to run at a local business school, it will play a role in building capacity so that South Africa can host 2010 FIFA World Cup events with aplomb and also fully capitalise on event hosting opportunities post-2010.

The UCT GSB will launch an innovative programme in 2008 specifically designed to develop women leaders in South Africa. According to Dr Marjolijn Dijksterhuis, director of the new Women in Leadership Programme, it is designed for women with proven leadership capacity who want to develop to their full professional potential.

Further Education and Training colleges are central to the delivery of priority skills needed in South Africa, according to the Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor.

The education department plans to increase the university student population to 820 000 by 2010, 82 000 more students than in 2005. It also plans to increase the number of graduates from 120 000 to 150 000 a year by 2010.

Knowledge and empowerment are in the spotlight during the annual Knowledge Week of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). There are three key areas of focus this year, namely

There may not be any traffic lights in Mpumalanga's rural Nkomazi area, but children at the local primary school know exactly what they are for, writes Thabisile Khoza.

The Department of Education has given lower income earners an opportunity to save for their children’s education at colleges and university.

A South African Post-higher Degree (PhD) Project is to strengthen the corporate and higher education sectors by increasing the numbers and diversity of appropriately skilled professionals.

Introducing the debate on the FET College Bill , the Minister of Education said, "The Bill is not only important for setting up a specific statutory platform for colleges

For the first time an African university has appeared in the THES-QS World University Rankings 2007 which rank all universities across the world. The report, published in the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement, shows that the UK and US dominate the top 10 and includes

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has launched the Es'kia Mphahlele internship programme in commemoration of the international award-winning writer, teacher and tireless fighter for the revival of African consciousness.

The new Gaming and Hospitality Management Academy in Cape Town is putting its money where its mouth is by offering a bursary for their one-year course to 3 students from the Western Cape.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Nqcuka was inaugurated as the second Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) woman chancellor.
The first woman chancellor to be appointed by the institution was the late Dr Adelaide Tambo in 2005.

The University of Venda?s (Univen) is on a campaign to raise R1 billion, in order to position itself as the centre of tertiary education for rural and regional development in the country.

The Zenex Foundation has donated R10 million to schools under the Dinaledi Project, which aims to boost high level mathematics and science at high schools.

The Aspen Institute in New York, USA, has ranked the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in the 70th position on its top Global 100 business schools which promote sustainable development by integrating social and environmental stewardship into their curricula. This makes the USB the highest ranked South African business school in the 2007-2008 edition of its international Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking.

The Dinaledi schools project is on course to increase the mathematics and science skills pool in the country, said Director General at the Department of Education Duncan Hindle.

This means that the UCT GSB now has a five-year European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation - EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.

A number of unique projects have received innovation awards, amongst them a Lapdesk, a solar-powered feeding scheme for a township school and a national credit site.

The UCT GSB runs a course this month to guide South African businesses on how to use the latest cutting-edge Internet and mobile marketing techniques. The goal of the course is to bust the intimidating jargon that many businesses perceive as the realm of "techies', and give companies clear insight on what is available to them and how to make the most of digital marketing opportunities.

If one had to liken the prevalence of HIV / Aids in South Africa to the seasons of the year, the country seems to be headed to a bleak winter of discontent.
The signs were there for all to see, maintained Metropolitan chief executive Peter Boyle when he unpacked the group?s HIV and Aids scenarios at the University of Cape Town?s Graduate School of Business recently.


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