MANCOSA launches School of Information and Digital Technology to address demand for tech skills

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Wednesday, 1 September 2021

The rapid growth of information and digital technologies, perpetuated through the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), has the ability to bring about widespread change for the better.

In response to the overwhelming demand for contemporary, fit-for-purpose digital and IT education offerings, MANCOSA (a proud member of the Honoris United Universities network) has today (1 September) launched the School of Information and Digital Technology (SIDT).

Education in the field of information and digital technology is no longer an exclusive domain for aspiring tech-fundi’s, IT managers and chief IT officers. Instead, digital and IT education is now a prerequisite for any individual seeking to operate across a wide-spectrum of industries and sectors within the modern digital economy.

73% of South African executives agree that organisations need to dramatically reengineer the experiences that bring technology and people together in a more human-centric manner.

The SIDT attracts students seeking to advance their skills and qualifications as technology professionals, whilst also catering to students who may work in a variety of other industries and who are seeking to operate effectively as digital citizens, digital artisans, leaders and innovators.

In developing the optimal level of digital skills for students, the SIDT’s programme offerings comprise a mix of formal learning programmes (FLPs) and short learning programmes (SLPs). A wide variety of topics and subjects are offered through the SIDT. These range from digital marketing, cyber security and social media to technology management, digital leadership, 3d printing and robotics.

Paresh Soni, Director of MANCOSA said: The School of Information and Digital Technology will help equip professionals, managers and leaders with the skills and knowledge required to navigate the next evolution of optimisation, automation and more: the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR).

“In this new era, humans and technology will co-exist, driven by a common purpose.
“The SIDT was established by MANCOSA to assist current and aspiring professionals, specialists and business leaders in ushering in the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR).

The 5IR looks beyond the 4IR pillars of excessive automation and obsessive optimisation, and aims to bring the human back to the forefront of thought. We want to re-humanise tech education in the age of machines, automation and artificial intelligence.”

“It is a space where humanism, empathy, civility, inclusivity, creativity and purpose will thrive alongside profit and digital transformation.
“We have smart phones, smart cities and smart cars. As a world-class, modern higher education institution, MANCOSA strives to challenge the status quo. We have been interrogating and experimenting with smart learning to create the smart-er human.”
“To achieve this, we realised that the traditional approaches to designing, developing, packaging and delivering education needed to be transformed.
“Our approach to 21st century education and skilling opportunities are infused with bleeding-edge innovation whilst maintaining our philosophy of affordable access to education”.

Soni said that a range of shorter courses, such as 100% online self-paced programmes, blended hands-on training (BHoT) and masterclasses have also been developed to address a diverse range of basic, intermediate and expert skills related to information and digital technology.

The courses offered at the SIDT include Coding, Programming, AI, Robotics, Digital Transformation, Digital Marketing, IT Management, Cybersecurity, Machine

Learning, Data Science, Cloud Computing, Web Dev, Ethical Hacking, App Dev, Blockchain and Networking.

Watch the launch of The School of Information and Digital Technology video here:

Contact [email protected] to enquire about course start dates and fees. Alternatively, visit to register.


MANCOSA, a leading provider of management programmes through supported distance learning in Southern Africa, is renowned for its MBA offering, which 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. MANCOSA serves as an innovation hub for undergraduate and postgraduate management, offering 50 accredited 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:
For queries or additional information call 031 300 7200, email [email protected] or visit

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 57,000 students on 70 campuses, learning centres and via on-line, in 10 countries and 32 cities. The network counts 14 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 85 universities across Europe and the United States. Over 300 degrees are offered in Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Creative Arts and Design, Media, Political Science and Education.

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