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Unisa online - SBL initiates talks with SAQA

From left: Ms Tumi Seopa (SBL), Mr Joe Samuels (CEO of SAQA), Prof VA Clapper (SBL Acting CEO and Executive Director), Mr Shankdukani Manyaka (SAQA Deputy-Director: Evaluation), Ms Princess Khambule (SBL) and Mr Sakaria Kone (SBL)
From left: Ms Tumi Seopa (SBL), Mr Joe Samuels (CEO of SAQA), Prof VA Clapper (SBL Acting CEO and Executive Director), Mr Shankdukani Manyaka (SAQA Deputy-Director: Evaluation), Ms Princess Khambule (SBL) and Mr Sakaria Kone (SBL)

With the significant increase in the enrolment of international students, the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) realised that students find it challenging to have their foreign qualifications verified with the South African Quality Authority (SAQA). All international students with foreign qualifications wanting to pursue their studies in South Africa are required to have their qualifications verified by SAQA.  It is on this background that the school decided to forge a relationship with SAQA in order to ensure that the process runs smoothly when students apply for verification.

The acting CEO and Executive Director of the SBL, Prof Valiant Clapper, together with a delegation from the school, met with the CEO of SAQA, Mr Joe Samuels and representatives of SAQA to discuss the possibility of a partnership between the two institutions in order to ensure speedy and efficient service to international students.

The discussions resulted in the solution of identifying a responsible officer in each institution that will take responsibility for the accreditation of the qualifications of SBL international students. This implies that, in future, all international students will forward their SAQA applications to the SBL. The SBL will then forward the applications in bulk to SAQA to streamline the process and thereby ensure speedy evaluation.

The footprint of the SBL spans deep into Africa and across the globe and by including this service as part of its offering to its clients, the school has taken a big step into enabling prospective students to study at the school.


*Story submitted by Cilla Boucher



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