Knowing that one’s qualifications will provide local and international career opportunities is a key consideration for many of today’s students. With educational trends leaning towards global collaboration and application, international recognition opens up a range of future study options that will enhance graduates’ prospects for employment.
Local students now have the opportunity to obtain a globally recognised degree right here in South Africa. The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) has been recognised as a degree-awarding institution for the purposes of credit transfer by the Open University of the United Kingdom, and its VarsityCollege campuses now offer the opportunity to work towards international recognition and credit for two of their degree offerings:
* Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Communication
* Bachelor of Commerce
This means that students who complete the local IIE degrees are also able to continue their studies towards an Honours degree with the Open University, with only the equivalent of one additional year of full-time study.
IIE Director, Dr Felicity Coughlan, says: “Our graduates are among the top achievers in the country year after year, and employers actively seek them out for their proven workplace aptitude. We are delighted that our institution has been recognised and our newly accredited degrees have been approved for inclusion in an honours degree pathway by such an internationally respected institution.”
She says that private educational institutions offer attractive opportunities that are both different from and complementary to state universities while being subject to the same regulatory and quality assurance requirements.
“As an approved associate of the Open University of the United Kingdom, VarsityCollege is offering students an exciting opportunity to progress from a recognised South African degree (conferred by the IIE) to an Open
University Honours Degree.
“This relationship highlights the response of the IIE to the needs of students for innovation in education and should serve to further boost the perception of top quality on offer at the leading private higher
education institution in South Africa.”
Note to editor:
The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) is the largest and most
accredited registered private education institute in South Africa. It
has a history in education and training since 1909, and its brands, such
as College Campus, RosebankCollege, VarsityCollege, and Vega, are widely
recognised and respected for producing workplace-ready graduates, many
of whom become industry-leaders in their chosen fields. The IIE offers a
wide range of qualifications, from post-graduate degrees to short
courses, on 21 registered higher education campuses across South Africa.
The IIE is responsible for the academic leadership and governance of
education and training activities undertaken across a nationwide network
of widely recognised brands that cater for learning and development
needs at every life stage across the spectrum of education. Focus areas
include schooling (from pre-primary to matric), Higher and Further
Education and Training (certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and
post-graduate degrees, and short learning programmes), and Skills and
Learnerships (skills programmes, short programmes and adult basic
education and training). The education brands include Abbotts College,
CrawfordSchools(tm), College Campus, The Design School Southern Africa,
Forbes Lever Baker, Imfundo (incorporating Corporate College
International), Junior Colleges, Rosebank College, Trinityhouse, Varsity
College and Vega (incorporating The National College of Photography).