Johannesburg — CIDA City Campus students will have full access to the SAP University Alliances TERP10 training course following the signing yesterday of an agreement to introduce the programme as part of the CIDA Bachelor of Business Administration curriculum.
“We are very excited to welcome CIDA City Campus as a fully-fledged member of the SAP University Alliances programme, and especially for the opportunities it will help create for the university’s students,” says Max Fuzani, SAP Africa’s University Alliances Manager. “They will join the more than 150 students who have already graduated from the CIDA ICT Academy that has been offering SAP ERP training since 2003.”
The signing ceremony was hosted at the CIDA City Campus, Johannesburg and attended by senior CIDA staff members and students, as well as senior SAP executives.
“This enhances our position as an innovator in the education field and lends weight to the 2009/10 Public Sector Innovator of the Year Award bestowed on CIDA by the Centre for Public Service Innovation last year,” says Wiseman Jack, acting Executive Dean of CIDA City Campus. “We are now the first higher education institution in South Africa to integrate the SAP TERP10 programme into our curriculum, and will go a long way to improving the qualifications and capabilities of our graduates.”
The TERP10 course is offered in more than 30 countries as part of SAP’s education and training initiatives, while the University Alliances programme is closely aligned with SAP’s corporate social investment initiatives. It aims to equip students with a deeper understanding of all functional areas within SAP software and thereby better prepare them to advance their careers in the fields of ICT and business management.
The CIDA ICT Academy has been part of the programme since 2003, offering training on SAP ERP, which was extended last year to include SAP Business One to help students gain a solid grounding in business and transactional processes.
“Today’s agreement will see the training become part of the Bachelor of Business Administration curriculum, thereby exposing all students to these business principles,” say Khulu Ntuli, CIDA ICT Academy manager. “Between 150 and 200 graduates have completed the training over the past number of years, with 80% of them employed by companies that run SAP.”
The course not only introduces students to the principles behind business process, but exposes them to SAP ERP by working on functional versions of the software in simulated environments.
The TERP10 course is already available to many hundreds of students at universities around South Africa, including the University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology. The programme has also been rolled out to the Ribane-Laka Secondary School, in Mamelodi; Matthew Goniwe High School, in Cradock; and the Asoka Secondary School, in Chatsworth.
The TERP10 course is accredited and certified by SAP, although it expects to bring this qualification into the main stream through negotiations with the departments of Labour and Higher Education, while also working to have the course accredited by the SA Qualifications Authority.
“We hope to have completed this by the middle of the year, which will be a great benefit for students who have undertaken the course as it will be nationally, and internationally, recognised,” comments Fuzani.
CIDA City Campus
CIDA City Campus, based in Johannesburg, is the first virtually free higher education institution in South Africa, offering holistic education to historically disadvantaged youth who would not otherwise be able to access higher education. CIDA aims to transform these students into leaders of their communities who will then advance the socio-economic transformation of the country.
Since its founding in 2000, CIDA has developed an innovative education model. It offers a fully accredited Bachelor of Business administration degree. CIDA aims to develop business-minded graduates who can think creatively, engage in open dialogue and care about transforming Africa. The institution uses holistic principles of teaching and learning that increases learning effectiveness and which builds a student’s confidence and self-esteem.
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