The Da Vinci Institute is proud to be part of #SAPHE – The Institute’s CEO, Prof Ben Anderson has been elected as board member, together with Prof Alwyn Louw (Monash SA), Mrs Tamara Bezuidenhout (AFDA) and Dr Felicity Coughlan (Chair) (The Independent Institute of Education)
South Africa’s leading private higher education institutions have committed to improving the quality and positioning of the sector in the country.
Launched with an official signing ceremony at Milpark Education in Johannesburg on January 25, 2017 SA Private Higher Education (#SAPHE) aims to build public awareness of and trust in private higher education by addressing myths and misperceptions about the sector, to ultimately increase access to higher education. Additionally, the association will seek to ensure that there is a greater understanding by the general public of the quality study options available outside of public universities.
“Although the term ‘private universities’ has gained some popular traction in recent months, many are not aware that private higher education institutions legally may not describe themselves as such. Therefore, unlike the situation with private schools, many prospective students are not even aware of the high quality, accredited qualifications they are able to pursue at scores of respected institutions across the country,” says Dr Felicity Coughlan, chair of SAPHE.
“Additionally, there remains a perception that a qualification from a public university is automatically more valuable than one from a private higher education institution. This could not be further from the truth, and unfortunately, this lack of awareness means that prospective students who may have been able to study towards a degree never do so.”
SAPHE members include most of the leading private higher education institutions in South Africa, including IIE – The Independent Institute of Education (Varsity College, Rosebank College, Vega School, Design School SA and The Business School at Varsity College), Boston, Milpark Business School, Southern Business School, the International Hotel School, The Da Vinci Institute, Aros, AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance and Inscape Education Group.
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