Education is a fundamental factor for development. It improves the quality of life by raising people’s productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. Education plays a crucial role in securing economic and social progress and improving income distribution.
However, traditional teaching models will no longer prepare students for jobs of tomorrow or to become adequate leaders. Higher education institutions must focus on employability as an integral part of the learning process,
Youth unemployment is one of the country’s greatest challenges and has been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employability of graduates plays a vital role in their transformation. Increasingly, employers are demanding skills from graduates which are outside the subject area of study. Some employers have resorted to placing less importance on a graduate’s actual degree discipline, instead favouring the more generic skills and leadership attributes.
The move towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is technologically-focused, and the uncertainty around it puts pressure on the readiness of graduates.
Therefore, higher education institutions need to provide young graduates with the tools to become employable, all-inclusive professionals who stand a chance to be accepted by the world of work.
This is the only way we can present a positive perspective on youth and employability in South Africa. There must be a move from emphasising graduates to accentuating leaders of tomorrow.
The pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives and has highlighted the fact that higher education does not need to take place in a classroom, and neither does it have to be in a traditional “lecture” format.
Passing examinations on the strength of rote learning without understanding the subject matter and the practical relevance of it in industry, fails in the development of intellectual creativity needed for problem-solving; independent thinking; conflict resolution through effective negotiations; and such other 21st century skills which employers currently pursue.
However, increase in access to the latest tutoring and techniques through blended learning should help bring about a paradigm shift in providing a feel for a more innovative eco-system and should produce employable and skilled graduates that are suitable.
Over recent months, we have seen thousands of university students studying virtually from home, determined to complete their academic year. Virtual learning no longer means learning in isolation with no support. The COVID-19 pandemic with its lockdown regulations has shown that learning virtually can be interactive, meaningful and effective.
At MANCOSA private higher education institution, the support towards students has been in the form of virtual open days, virtual graduations and live tutor support functions.
The use of e-learning and blended learning, along with cognitive and emotional intelligence, are pivotal during this period of transformation to prepare students to become leaders of tomorrow.
There is the need to advocate leadership, along with a blend of technology in the learning process, to instil value that transforms students into leaders of tomorrow.
MANCOSA, a leading provider of management programmes through supported distance learning in Southern Africa, is ranked among the 10 of the best MBAs in Africa. A member of Honoris United Universities – the first Pan-African private higher education network focused on nurturing the next generation of African leaders and professionals – Durban-based MANCOSA which has 12 learning centres offering 46 programmes serves as an innovation hub for executive education and postgraduate management programmes. A selection of Executive Education Short Learning Programmes is also offered to meet the requirements of professionals in both the private and public sectors. See: www.mancosa.co.za
About Honoris United Universities
Honoris United Universities is the first and largest Pan-African private higher education network committed to educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalised world. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mind-sets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to develop world-class African Human capital that is competitive in today’s fast-paced, demanding and increasingly digitised labour and start-up markets.
Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 45,000 students on 60 campuses, learning centres and via on-line, in 10 countries and 32 cities. The network counts 11 institutions: multidisciplinary universities, specialised schools, technical and vocational institutes, contact, distance and online institutions. Students have an opportunity to experience exclusive partnerships and exchange programs in more than 60 universities across Europe and the United States. Over 280 degrees are offered in Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Creative Arts and Design, Media, Political Science and Education.
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