Nestled in the hills overlooking the vibrant city of Bloemfontein, lies the South Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS). The facilities can accommodate up to 4 000 students and include lecture rooms, an auditorium, a library and an impressive administration building.
Originally established in the 1980s as a satellite campus for Vista University, it was incorporated into the UFS in 2004. Ever since its incorporation, the UFS tailored the South Campus to play a significant role in the economy of the region, the enhancement of its people, as well as being the hub for distance learning programmes offered by the institution.
One of the main roles of the campus is to draw new students from lower levels of education that would previously not have been able to attain higher education. The South Campus offers programmes for students to gain access to Further Education and Training (FET) and Higher Education (HE) levels. These programmes enable learners to ultimately enter the mainstream curriculum after completing the preparation courses. Through offering this opportunity, the UFS ensures that students – who might otherwise have fallen by the wayside – get to develop to their full potential and realise their dreams.
In addition, the South Campus also serves as the pivotal centre to more than 6 000 long-distance learners. These students are not able to study on campus due to a variety of factors, such as their geographical location, financial constraints, or having to complete their degrees on a part-time basis as a result of job commitments. The influx of long-distance learners accounts for the South Campus being the fastest growing of the UFS campuses.
On-campus students receive intensive small-group instruction, which has been proven to be a highly successful method of tuition. Distance education is accomplished through the use of online technology and broadcasting mediums.
Founded in 2000, the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is an internationally accredited business school, based in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub.
As the business school for business, we focus on general management in dynamic markets to significantly improve responsible individual and organisational performance, primarily in the South African environment and increasingly in our broader African environment, through the provision of high quality business and management education. In May 2015 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked GIBS as the top South African and African business school. This is the 12th year running that GIBS has been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2014 the GIBS MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. GIBS is the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.
Sir Donald Gordon
The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is named after Sir Donald Gordon, in recognition of the contribution to South African business and a significant endowment to GIBS by Sir Donald Gordon, the founder and former chairman of Liberty Life.
Donald Gordon made a major financial contribution at the point of his formal retirement from Liberty Life. Gordon said the reason for the donation was to highlight his appreciation of the quality of the South African business environment, which had enabled him to become a success in the financial services industry, at home and abroad. Gordon's choice of education, as the sector in which he would put part of his financial success, reflects the importance of quality management in the business place. According to Professor Nick Binedell, founder and former dean of GIBS, South African businesses must continue to prepare themselves proactively for the challenges that lie ahead. There is consensus that one of the greatest challenges facing South Africa remains the skills required to be competitive. The Gordon Institute of Business Science prepares future executives, and helps current managers upgrade their skills to confront the emerging challenges through academic and executive programmes. Sir Donald's contribution is consistent with Liberty's view of education as a critical component in business. Indeed, one of the tenets of Liberty "passed on by Gordon" is that the company should put back into the community in return for the support it enjoys.
"Over the years, there has been a fundamental shift from simply looking at a project worthy of support, to projects that promise to be economically self-sustaining and those that center on education," says Hylton Appelbaum, who heads the Liberty Foundation.
Excerpts from the Opening of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Address by Sir Donald Gordon, 14 March 2000.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know; passion in business is everything.
In business and in family relationships, remember that the most important thing is trust.
Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.
Never accept that existing practices can't be improved upon – there will always be a better or alternative way of doing things. If you identify them, see it through to the end with meticulous care.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Demand excellence from yourself and your colleagues and be willing to pay for it.
Take care of your reputation, it's your most valuable asset.
Learn to listen, opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
Watch for big problems, they disguise big opportunities.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
When starting out, don't worry about having enough money; limited funds are a blessing not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
Be tough-minded but tender-hearted.
Don't waste time responding to your critics.
Never give up on what you really want to do.
The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
Be bold and courageous.
A ‘home’ for creative’s at the CUT!
The Department of Design and Studio Art at the Central University of Technology, Free State offers students a unique learning experience with the accredited Diploma in Design and Studio Art. This diploma exposes students to Metal Fabrication, Communication Design, Textile and Styling, Visual Art and Digital Imaging in their first year of study. This technologically advanced diploma then offers students the ability to choose one of these subjects as a major in their second year of study while still being exposed to all the others.
Students are taught in small groups by studio experts and even have individual lecturers as their mentors in their third year of study to assist with projects and day to day planning. The studios and buildings are a place where creative’s can feel at home and students are even allowed to decorate and design their own studio environment (with their choice of paint, coffee, cushions etc.) in their third year of study.
To see the work of students and lecturers and what we are up to, we have a Facebook-page for students and prospective students: Department of Design and Studio Art, CUT.
The Department of Design and Studio art is where creative’s are born!
Durbanville College (Pty) Ltd. is a registered Private Higher Education Institution that has offered vocational education on a tertiary level since 1992. Besides its own vocational- directed programmes, Durbanville College has a working agreement with the University of South Africa (UNISA) whereby UNISA degrees are presented on a full-time basis. The first intake of UNISA students have already graduated.
The success of Durbanville College may be attributed to a few factors. The College prefers to remain relatively small, and as a result, tuition is offered in small groups. Our lecturers, whose appointments and qualifications have to be approved by UNISA, have practical experience in their fields of expertise, thus ensuring that all course information is relevant to studies. Students enjoy personal attention and as a result, a unique learning culture has established itself. This learning culture, combined with social activities, under the guidance of the student council, forms part of this unique Durbanville College atmosphere. As our students come from all over the country, accommodation is available within walking distance of the college and other amenities. We strive to promote Christian norms and standards at Durbanville College.
Established in 1989, Oval International has a 26 year heritage providing higher education qualifications in the fields of Science and Technology, Humanities, Commerce and Administration. We are driven to provide you with a quality educational experience. Achieving a qualification from our institution will empower you to contribute to building the economy of our country.
This year, we invite you to expand your mind and change your world through education. Immerse yourself and engage with our programmes which are offered through a blend of digital and traditional teaching and learning technologies. Participate in our culture of interconnected and interactive higher education.
Cornerstone Institute was founded in 1970 on the Cape Flats at a time when prospective black theologians were excluded from attending universities reserved for whites in South Africa. As the Cape Evangelical Bible Institute it provided theological education for ‘unqualified’ pastors on the Cape Flats.
The institute is historically grounded in a highly ethical ethos, emphasising the relationship between leadership and professional integrity. It embraces students from all walks of life, and is determined to build upon a genetic make-up that speaks to the development of leaders both in South Africa, and internationally. Cornerstone is a not-for-profit, fully accredited Private Higher Education Institution offering university-level programmes comprising certificates, diplomas and degrees across various disciplines.
Inscape believes in offering value driven products to ensure the diverse growth of the creative sector and industry at large.
We have an established institutional culture that is unique to Inscape and its students. Our culture is built on a value system that encourages quality, authenticity and relationships. We strive for this to be reflective in all areas of our institution.
As an organisation, we promote inclusivity and access to higher learning. For every twenty students who enrol with us, we are able to offer partial or full scholarships to assist deserving candidates who otherwise would not have the opportunity to embark on their chosen careers.
Unisa is Africa’s leading distance learning institution nurturing inspiring leaders of tomorrow. We are a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible open distance learning institution that is motivating a future generation. We offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources.
Our vision “towards the African university in the service of humanity” drives us to find answers to Africa’s educational and developmental problems. By forming partnerships in Africa and throughout the world, we are able to help the people of Africa achieve their dreams
The three core business areas of Unisa are teaching, research and community engagement. Our world-class research is spearheaded by the Research and Innovation portfolio and community engagement by our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy.
We also place great importance on the celebration and promotion of our African arts and culture through various endeavours, including the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum, Music Directorate and Little Theatre.
Umgungundlovu FET College (UFET) is a public FET College that offers both certificate and diploma programmes to learners. The College is situated in Pietermartizburg and draws learners from the greater midlands area.
UFET College has 5 specialized campuses that offer affordable, lifelong education and training.
We offer full-time and part time programmes to learners in business and engineering fields of study