Jan 14
Is your tertiary institution accredited?


GRAD.jpgStudents all over the country have been warned not to fall prey to fly-by-night or unaccredited higher education institutions during this registration period. Failing to check whether your institution of your choice is registered could cost you loads of money without actually obtaining a valid qualification that will secure employment.

So what exactly is accreditation?

Accreditation describes the process that institutions of higher education undergo to confirm educational standards. Accreditation is earned through accrediting bodies that have been created specifically to review higher education institutions and programmes.

Accredited private higher education institutions should have:

  • A certificate of registration with the Department of Higher Education and Training. It should detail the campus, provider and the qualifications offered.
  • All higher education qualifications need to be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education. If they are not accredited they will not appear on the certificate referred to above. There is no other document detailing the accreditation, which is why checking if the qualification is on the certificate is an important step.
  • All qualifications must be registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) – students should ask for the SAQA NQF identity numbers.

Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is accredited

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited qualifications enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za


Jan 08
Study options if you performed better than expected

Image-1.jpgMany matrics from the Class of 2018 currently find themselves in the fortunate position of having performed better than anticipated in their National Senior Certificate examination, achieving a Bachelor's pass and qualifying for higher education access. But while they are now in a position to apply for further study, these prospective students need to ensure they do their homework before signing up with institutions still accepting applications for study in 2019, an expert says.

"In particular, parents and matriculants must ensure they don't fall prey to institutions that are either not registered and accredited, or whose qualifications are not recognised," says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA's largest private higher education institution.

"The good news however, is that there are still exciting study options available, particularly in the private sector, where good institutions have a strong focus on work-ready programmes," she says.

Payne says now is also a good time for even those prospective students already accepted into a programme, to consider whether they have chosen the right study path. If there are any doubts, they should have another look at available options rather than adopting a potentially expensive wait-and-see approach in their first year.

"This coming month provides an opportunity for prospective students to investigate all their options and sign up for a quality qualification with an accredited institution, whether they left it too late, or performed better than envisioned. And those who have already signed up, should honestly assess whether they are excited about the degree on which they will soon embark, as well as the institution they will attend.

"It is better to change course now, before spending time and money trying to make the wrong thing work, and becoming part of SA's high first year dropout statistics," says Payne.

"Make sure that you are studying for the right reasons, and that your qualification will provide clear access to a specific career, whether it be a professional qualification such as accounting, law or teaching, or in a new exciting career path such as brand management, digital marketing, network engineering, game design and development, and application and cloud development. Don't just apply for any degree at any institution for the sake of earning a qualification," she says.

Payne says South Africa's single quality assurance system and one National Qualifications Framework means that any institution offering a registered and accredited qualification – whether public or private – is offering a qualification of equal standing.

She says all registered and accredited higher education institutions – whether they be public universities or private – are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).   They are only registered if they have been accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). 

"To look up a qualification on the NQF, search for it on the SAQA website, or ask the institution for its SAQA identity number, which should be readily available. If the institution is recognised by the DHET and the programme is listed on the NQF, prospective students and their parents can be confident about the bona fides of any qualification they want to pursue," says Payne.

She says that as the world of work changes and evolves, new programmes are constantly developed in response to workplace demands.

"This means there will regularly be new and more exciting options on offer compared to the past, and potentially fields of qualification that are more aligned with the career aspirations of prospective students. However, it is imperative that one does one's homework carefully, because unscrupulous operators have become increasingly sophisticated in their methodology. Fraudsters are making the most of the often hard-to-understand language related to legitimate private higher education, which means that they are able to present offers that appear legitimate, but are not.

"It is good to have more choices, but make sure you make smart decisions," says Payne.

Nov 26
Tips for graduates looking for employment

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While South Africa is experiencing growth in its graduate labour force, graduate unemployment is rising with the overall unemployment rate. 

Graduate unemployment is problematic, because it wastes scarce human capital, which is detrimental to the economy in the long run. So how do we reverse these statistics?

"Graduates of today need to stand out and be the total package, says Lilian Bususu, National Graduate Empowerment Programme Manager at Rosebank College. During a recent career coaching workshop she shared some tips with our IIE graduates on how to better position themselves for the world of work.

Align yourself to the world of work

"You have to learn the rules of the game and play better than anyone else," says Bususu. Whether we like it or not, our lives are dominated by rules and the same applies for the workplace. Learn these rules and you will land the job of your dreams.

Make yourself attractive to an employer

"Some employers only need to see potential to employ you," says Bususu. You can do this by being aware of the way you speak and how you conduct yourself during the interview.

Be prepared to work

"Most graduates feel self-entitled, demanding high salaries with no experience," says Bususu. "And those graduates that are employed take things for granted," adds Bususu. You need to be prepared to work hard to secure the position you want.

Become a go-getter

In life you either chase or are chased. In order to be a go-getter, you need to have tunnel vision and to chase after what you want without being distracted. For example, if there is a particular type of job that you want, you should go after it.

Remember big dreams, determination and action produce results.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited qualifications enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

Nov 07
Exam Preparation: Tips & Tricks

Exam_image_tips.jpg23 October 2018: Do exams make you anxious? Are you worried that you haven’t prepared enough? Tackle your exams head on by preparing as much as possible before the big day with our exam preparation tips and tricks.

DON’T CRAM
Cramming stores information in your short term memory. During your cramming sessions you may think that you have learnt the material but that’s not likely. Information stored during cramming will likely be forgotten after two days. Cramming cheats you out of true education.

GIVE YOURSELF TIME
It’s very important that you give yourself enough time to study. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you have enough time to study each subject completely and also boost your exam performance.

GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS
Research shows that studying while listening to music or watching television isn’t the most effective way to study. If you have to listen to music then stick to instrumental music.

UNDERSTAND THE KEY INFORMATION
Develop a thorough understanding of course materials by reviewing notes. Make sure that your notes make sense to you as soon as possible. 

QUIZ YOURSELF
Reviewing your work constantly allows you to remember information. Remember this is the practice period, a time to identify the gaps in your knowledge.

About IIE Rosebank College
The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited qualifications enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za


Oct 16
Coping with stress

23764404_xl.jpg10 October 2018: Mental health awareness day, observed on 10 October 2018, is a time for us to reflect on our own mental health as young people. Did you know that in South Africa – 9% of all teen deaths are due to suicide, and this number is on the increase? Suicide is the second leading and fastest growing cause of death in the 15-24 age group.

Research shows that 75% of people who commit or attempt suicide have given some warning.  According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), South Africa's largest mental health initiative, 90% of adolescents who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. "Our teens are depressed and often have no-one to turn to for support", says SADAG founder Zane Wilson. "Combined with a lack of resources, family problems, poverty and loss, suicide all too often seems to be the only answer for these children."

So how then can young people best cope with stress?

Get active

Physical activity is one of most effective stress busters. Find activities you enjoy and do them consistently such as running, biking, yoga or walking. Exercising in social settings can also be fun – join a class, or start rollerblading with a friend or two to ease the tension.

Do things that make you smile

Do things that bring you joy, like listening to music, painting or watching movies. Make sure you slot these activities into your schedule even when you are busy or stressed.

Find someone to talk to

It's so much easier to manage stress levels when you let others in on what you going through. Whether it's a parent, teacher or friend, someone may be able to help you find new ways to manage stress. Rosebank College, an educational brand of The IIE for example offers confidential counselling – to make an appointment speak to the Student Relations Manager on your campus.

 Tackle the problem

A lot of people cope by ignoring problems, but this doesn't make them go away- but instead they may get worse. Coping directly with problems makes for more emotionally healthier people. For example if its too much work at school that's stressing you – allocate the time to get it done and focus on doing the work during that allocated time.

Avoid stress if possible

Sometimes it's best to avoid the people and situations that stress you out. For example you know the people who are a bad influence on you and the places you are most likely to get into trouble.

Let things go

It's important to address issues when they arise, but sometimes it's better to let them go, if you can't change them. Learn not to take things personally, sometimes you feel badly for things that have very little to do with you. Learn to let go, if it won't change.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.   We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za


Sep 25
Top IT jobs of the future

tech.jpgWith the advent of advancing technology, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, several IT jobs will grow in popularity in the not so distant future.

The demand for tech graduates continues to grow and there are several roles which will continue to attract growth. An array of tech and business skills will be required for nearly every position.

So what are the some of the top IT jobs that will be in high demand?

Computer vision engineer

Computer vision engineers build and improve computer vision and machine learning algorithms and analytics to detect, classify and track objects. With the advent of self-driving cars there's a huge amount of growth that is expected in this profession.

Machine learning engineer

This sophisticated professional is an advanced programmer who develops Artificial intelligence (AI) machines and systems that can learn and apply knowledge, performing advanced programming and algorithms to train these systems. AI will become a big investment area for tech departments of the future.

App developer

App developers will be in high demand. The developer will be someone who creates technological solutions for business problems.

Cloud engineer

As companies move important systems to the cloud, more and more are choosing a hybrid approach, with multiple vendors.

Alternative energy technician

With climate change threatening to damage the world, it will become more important to move to clean energy sources. Solar and wind energy for example will become part of the future.

Database administrator

Database administrators will become more in-demand by 2020, particularly as companies move toward more software offerings that include Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the ability to create AI-powered models.

Network analyst

Businesses are investing more heavily in their networks as IoT enters the workplace. Network analysts in the coming years will combine their technical skill set with an understanding of how to apply it to provide real-time trending information on network traffic, and what those insights means for the business.

Security analyst

Cybersecurity professionals are already in great demand, and that will continue into the future, as attacks grow more sophisticated and technologies to fight them advance. The role will likely evolve to include more data and AI skills.

Business intelligence (BI) analyst

BI analysts gather data from a number of sources, include internal software, competitor information and industry trends to develop a sense of where the company stands in the industry and how they can both grow and cut costs. The business analyst starts with the business side, and consider what the company needs in terms of apps to make the process work.

User support specialist

As technology becomes deeply integrated into the operations of business units, more employees will need assistance from support specialist.

With all of these positions and new skills on the horizon, employers need to be proactive in providing training to workers. Soft skills are also important to develop and employees who offer both technical skills and soft skills such as communication and empathy are really the workers that are in demand right now.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

Sep 20
Conversations with the youth: Social media and its influence

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As South Africa's coolest college, Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is always eager to find out what are some of the hot topics among the youth. In this insert, we sat down with some of our students to find out about the role of social media and it's influence on young people today. Watch this video to find out more.

 


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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.   We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za
Sep 17
Public university or private? How to choose the right institution for you

image2use.jpgThere have been many developments in the higher education sector in past decades, notably a rise in the number of institutions from which prospective students can choose when considering their further education. Along with the increase in public universities, there has also been substantial growth in the private higher education sector.

Faced with this increase in choice, it is natural for young people to be anxious about their decision – should I go to a public university, or should I opt for a private higher education institution? A massive part of this concern, is whether the qualification you receive after 3 or 4 years of study, will be respected in the world of work, whether it will position you well to land your first job, and whether it will help you build the career of your dreams.

"It is so important that future students don't base their decision on their gut feel or vague perceptions," says Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director of The Independent Institute of Education and Group Academic Director at ADvTECH, Africa's largest private education provider.

She says there is a concrete checklist that prospective students should measure their chosen institution against and, if all the boxes are checked, they can rest assured that their choice of institution can help them achieve their dreams.

"Ultimately, you have to make an informed choice based on your personal vision and circumstances, and you should not blindly follow a direction just because everyone else is going that route, or because you think that's the way to go," Coughlan says.

She advises prospective students, and their parents or guardians, to look at the following when considering or reviewing higher education institutions:

ACCREDITATION

Most importantly, your institution must be registered and accredited. South Africa has a single quality assurance system and one National Qualifications Framework, which means that any institution offering a registered and accredited qualification – whether public university or private – is offering a qualification of equal standing. So if your institution is listed on the Department of Higher Education and Training's list* of registered higher education institutions and colleges, you don't need to be concerned about whether the institution is called a university, a college, or a private higher education institution.

This is because the only difference between public (University) institutions and private higher education institutions – which purely as a result of regulations may not refer to themselves as private universities - is that the public institutions get some subsidy from the government while the private institutions don't.

EMPLOYER RECOGNITION

The world of work has changed dramatically over the past decade, and the economic climate is tough. That means prospective students should make sure that their qualification and their choice of institution is well respected by employers and in the market. Generic 3-year degrees with no practical experience do not provide a strong competitive advantage after graduation.

This means that young people should interrogate their institution about the following: curriculum, industry relationships, lecturer activity in the industry, and practical experience that form part of the studies.

The strongest qualifications today are the ones that are closely linked to specific careers and fields, and whose curricula are based on the competencies required to be work-ready from day one.

One way of determining industry recognition of your institution, is to ask about its career fairs, when the country's top companies visit campuses to meet students. If employers are lining up to meet the leaders of tomorrow at your institution, you can be assured that you are signing up for a quality education that is respected in the workplace.

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Many students want to know that their qualifications will be internationally recognised. If this is important for you, you should ask your institution about international links and accreditation. Does your institution have links with international exchange programmes, or is it accredited by an independent international accreditation council? All good institutions should be able to provide satisfactory answers to your questions about your potential international opportunities.

CLASS SIZES & STUDENT SUPPORT

Class sizes and student support are crucial for ensuring student success and successful transition into the world of work. Individual attention, and being more than a number, can dramatically influence student outcomes. But an institution's involvement should go further than quality lectures and success at exam time. Good institutions will have career centres which assist students and alumni beyond academics.

"The higher education landscape looks entirely different today from the way things were even a decade ago. These days, prospective students have a lot more choice in terms of institution and qualification," says Coughlan.

"To really make the right choice in terms of the best grounding for your career dreams, you have to look beyond historical perceptions and gut feelings about which way is 'the best' way, and make sure your choice is based on the facts about what makes one institution and qualification stand out from the next one," she says.

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About The IIE

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is a division of the JSE-listed ADvTECH Group, Africa's largest private education provider. The IIE is the largest, most accredited registered private higher education institute in South Africa, and the only one accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC), the independent quality assurance authority that accredits private institutions in the UK. By law, private higher education institutions in South Africa may not call themselves Private Universities, although registered private institutions are subject to the same regulations, accreditation requirements and oversight as Public Universities.

The IIE has a history in education and training since 1909, and its brands - Rosebank College, Varsity College 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 20 registered higher education campuses across South Africa.

Sep 06
Rosebank College to host its 1st Jobs of the Future: ICT event

future.jpgRosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education will host its first Jobs of the Future in ICT event at its Pretoria Sunnyside Campus on October 19, 2018.

The event will explore what future jobs in ICT will look like, the skills needed and how graduates can future proof their careers.

The corporate environment is changing quickly and many jobs will disappear in the next few years, that's according to a report from PwC. Automation and machines are replacing human tasks, changing the skills that companies are looking for in the people that they employ. Nobody can say for sure what the future holds. However we can make educated guesses based on past and current trends. Predicting the jobs of the future requires understanding that all kinds of variables will interact in complex and surprising ways. Many of tomorrows jobs will likely result from today's scientific and technological advances. But most jobs of the future don't exist yet, and a lot of them haven't even been imagined. In fact, almost two-thirds of today's nursery school students will eventually have occupations that don't currently exist. However many of today's occupations will continue to be part of the future, but they will undergo changes just like everything else. And many occupations will transform into something entirely new – or disappear altogether.

The key to long-term success lies in the ability to understand change almost before it occurs and seize the opportunity to shape evolving technologies.  So what kind of changes do we foresee?

The internet of things

Many of us already have three or more full time devices connected to the internet. Sensors are being embedded in shoes, medicine like asthma inhalers and medical exploratory surgery devices are being technologically adapted, which will surely change the fields of fashion, medicine and design.

Zetta flood

Improved networks will be developed to will be required to move more data and create what is currently termed a "zetta flood." The sheer amount of data being transmitted across the internet is growing at a terrific rate and this flood of data may threaten to overwhelm the internet.

Evolution of the cloud

By 2020 one third of all data will live in or pass through the cloud. Global cloud services revenue is estimated to jump 20% per year, and IT spending on innovation and cloud computing is already in its $ trillions which is enough to create the next Google. This cloud evolution will change the way we communicate.

The pace of change in the job market is expected to accelerate by 2020. Office and administrative functions, along with manufacturing and production roles will see dramatic declines accounting for over six million roles over the next four years. Artificial intelligence, 3D printing, resource-efficient sustainable production and robotics will factor into the ways we currently make, manage and mend products and deliver services.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.   We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

Aug 23
Celebrating women's month

press team badge.pngAs we celebrate womens month this August, we speak to some of our staff members about what it means to be a women today. Watch our video created by the RC press team for more.

 


In this second video we look at women who have made history by being pioneers in their field.

 


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