Bostonites more than just role models for young women

Bostonites more than just role models for young women

“The Miss South Africa pageant for 2020 forges ahead despite the limitations of lockdown and after a round of public voting the field has been cut to 15 finalists.” Boston City Campus and Boston Media House are thrilled to have one graduate and one 4th year student amongst these gorgeous finalists!  We are rooting for:

Natasha Joubert (22), from Centurion, Tshwane, Gauteng is a Public Relations Officer at RFJ Inc. Attorneys and founder and owner of Natalia Jefferys (Pty) Ltd. She has a BCom Marketing Management Graduate from Boston City Campus.

And of course, we are also rooting for Olin-Shae De La Cruz (26) who comes from Bryanston, Gauteng and is in her final year of a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Media Operations Management at Boston Media House.

Perusing the background of the 15 finalists shows how much the youth of today value higher education as well as entrepreneurship. These ladies are true role models and outstanding examples of leaders.

Graduation emerges as the best indicator of successful employment in the workplace”.  This is evident when comparing the statistics of youth in the 15 – 24 year old category with an unemployment rate of graduates at 31 % while youths who have other tertiary qualifications, a matric and less than a matric have an unemployment rate of 47,5%, 55% and 58,4%,  respectively,” states Ari Katz, CEO of Boston. “In our current pandemic that looks set to continue for an extended period of time, both locally and globally, the value of higher education and moreover, a degree, has increased drastically in order to successfully find and maintain employment. “Qualifying with higher education shows your employer that you have staying power, commitment and self-confidence, which is very attractive to companies looking to find new and creative ways to increase production, sales and effectiveness in service”, says Katz. Therefore these ladies have identified for themselves that attractiveness comes in different formats!

While Covid19 has affected all previous stats and reports, the following remains valid, perhaps even more so in this current environment. According to a 2018 World Bank Report Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa : An Assessment of Drivers, Constraints and Opportunities; a higher level of education of the household head and having access to stable labour market income,  are key determinants for households to achieve economic stability in South Africa.

“Living in a household where the head has attained some tertiary education reduces the average risk of poverty by about 30 percent compared to those living in households where the head has no schooling,” says the report which states that poverty also tends to be a more temporary phenomenon for those with higher labor market earnings.

“Our youth need to be equipped to maximise workplace opportunities.  As educators we can further equip them with entrepreneurial skills, where our graduates are groomed in leadership, enabling them to start new businesses while contributing to the creation of new employment opportunities which sets up a virtuous cycle of job creation. These two stellar young ladies are amazing role models for school leavers, having committed to and achieved quality education” concludes Katz.

 

 

Thinking about journalism? Tips from a BMH grad

Contributed by Yami Nhlenyama – Journalism & Boston Media House grad

What is Journalism?
It’s a way of informing the people about events taking place in their society and the world, be it political or social issues. It’s all about telling untold stories within society. Journalism as a medium has the potential to influence and change society at large, that’s why if you want to be a journalist, you have to be someone in pursuit of truth. You cannot let your bias and prejudices get in the way of society finding out the truth.

The various kinds of news staff writers

Beat reporters… This means you can write or broadcast on any topic or focus on certain types of news from politics and sports, to hard news and entertainment.

General assignment reporters… These are the journalists who cover news generally without any specific tasks. They report when the editor needs an urgent deadline on a front cover, a story of interest that’s trending.

Special assignment reporters… These types of journalists have specific departments that they write for, sports entertainment, investigative, and politics. You would normally find special assignments in bigger publications. Smaller publications employ more beat reporters.

The journalism industry has really evolved over the years, with the help of technology, from print to digital. Journalists don’t have to work from the office 24/7, they can work from the different places that they are located in and still be able to submit their work on time. Depending on the contract that you’ve signed with the publication that you work for they may freelance, you may work with other publications while still working for them, you can work certain days or when they call you to cover a story.

What it takes to make it as a good journalist:

  • Be able to work under pressure; there might be a story that has to get out immediately and you’d have a few hours to get the information that you need
  • Be time disciplined – it’s a deadline-driven industry. If you take time to deliver a story after the hype around it has faded, people might not be interested in hearing it again
  • Be able to work in teams because the newsroom is all about working together and making sure that everything comes together perfectly
  • Ethics and professionalism

Boston Media House was one of my first choices when it came to tertiary institutes because they are one of the few places that specialised in media-related subjects, journalism included. I knew that it would be a perfect fit for me because I was entering a world full of creative people who thought differently.

When entering the media industry mentorship is important if you’re really passionate about the field. I approached Amanda Matshaka, a channel Afrika radio journalist who’s been in the industry for more than 10 years. She agreed to teach me about the journalism industry, she also has a news publication and was starting a mentorship programme where she mentors up and coming journalists all over Africa. Through her mentoring, I learned that news never sleeps, you have to be ready for anything at any time and it’s all about hard work and dedication.

Qualifications
It takes three years to get your Boston Diploma in Media Practices qualification. In the first two years, you get to learn about different media sectors in the industry including journalism. In the third year that’s when you can major specifically in journalism

I’ve learned that being a journalist doesn’t mean you’re limited to being a journalist, writing for a specific publication, and nothing else. In media every career compliments the other – they interact with one another. Aas a journalist you can also find yourself working in public relations, marketing, or even the film industry and that’s because of the great research and writing skills you acquire during the years.

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Boston City Campus is gearing up to train the next generation of leaders

Boston City Campus is gearing up to train the next generation of leaders

Barack Obama’s first degree, after which he entered the workplace as a Community Organiser in Chicago, was a Bachelor of Arts. One might agree that the man who is Head of State of America must have management savvy – which Obama has in great supply, despite never having completed a degree in management or commerce. Both Bill Gates and Elon Musk are future-thinking leaders in technology and command great wealth, and both are proud and active philanthropists. These are globally influential people who are astute in their fields, and all value something much more than business acumen only. They understand “what people [and institutions and societies] want/need”.

Today’s socially conscious young person is attracted to employment that does not only serve the purpose of paying a salary: the work that is done must mean something more than money-making – it must be purposeful. Yes, making money is the core tenet of capitalism but the truth is that the foundation of business relationships is the connection between people who close deals, the people who set up funding arrangements, the people who manage local and global projects.

Whether your ideal job is in the public or private sectors, or in civil society, i.e. a role in non-profit organisations, Boston City Campus (Boston) recognises that management is more than numbers on a ledger. We advocate a holistic learning experience that prepares you for a wide range of opportunities. Our Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) ensures that you are well-read in subjects as diverse as Strategic Management, Public Administration, and Environmental Economics, as well as Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology. To these core subjects, we add Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and Research Methods because we understand that in the world today all employers need that spark of ingenuity and innovativeness in their employees, and that report writing has become a feature of any corporation or not-for-profit as accountability to stakeholders remains key to most (if not all) projects.

Scenario 1: you are a member of a global team responsible for the distribution of World Bank relief funds to the starving and needy in a war-torn country. Your reports to the World Bank must cover not only the numbers, which you do understand, but also the efficacy of the relief effort, and the social effect of the intervention.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is undeniably “here” – whether we see it to a greater or lesser extent. Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote (with and EVP of AI and research Harry Shum in their 2018 book, ‘The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Society’) that “[a]s computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become even more important”. What computers can do today will only be magnified tomorrow, and it is naïve to think that we can ignore the pundits who have emphasised for some time that the skills the workplace values today are critical thinking, creativity and abstract problem solving. A purely business-focused degree does not offer this type of skillset. Business transactions infer a human connection – be that in pitching a project, motivating for funding, or inspiring the public to get behind a socially just cause. Moreover, there are stakeholders to keep happy in any organisational setting, which requires astute and genuine liaison between parties, the type of connection that the numbers themselves cannot create and sustain.

Scenario 2: the tech start-up you work for has patented a brand-new product but needs seed funding to get it off the ground. The tech guys can demonstrate how the product works, and the number guys can prove the financial viability – but only the BSocSci (you) can excite the funders with relatable and real-life situations, backed up by extensive market research to the point that they commit to the project.

Liaison is part of the broader need for communication in the world today. A BSocSci graduate has been taught how to conduct research and write reports which serve as clear and accountable project updates for all involved. These reports are destined for a wide and varied audience – oftentimes philanthropists, financial experts, and specialists in fields such as the medical professionals who have been mobilised and are being supported in the fight against COVID-19. The project lead in this instance must write a report that is understood by all parties. Numbers alone do not tell the full story.

Scenario 3: the board of your global not-for-profit agreed to allocate resources to assisting the fight against COVID-19 in South Africa. The members of the board range from Eastern business moguls to Western European hospitality giants. The board wants a report on which resources were allocated and how, and the relative effect of this deployment. You know that the continued support of the organisation for desperate people in your own city depends on the clear legalities and ethics on which the assistance is based, the cultural nuances and understanding in the presentation of the report, the accuracy of the numbers you account for, and the translation of the wider social impact of the scheme for the diverse international audience.

Krystle Dodge, writing for Degree Query in the United States, listed the highest paying roles for graduates of the Social Sciences. These included Political Scientist, Economist, Urban and Regional Planner, and Survey Researcher. Our BSocSci graduates are perfectly placed to understand the needs of people in society – better still, our graduates understand that societies and cultures differ, want different things, and respond to different stimuli. Think of Boston’s BSocSci graduate as the keen-eyed spotter on a game drive: before anyone else has spotted the carefully camouflaged sighting, the BSocSci sees, understands, and can direct others to see the sight… or in the business world, to see the developing trend. The numbers follow the trends, and it takes human nature to understand human nature.

Boston is serious about education and serious about our students. We recognise that there is considerable personal and family sacrifice involved in achieving a higher education qualification. We want your qualification to change your life, and in turn, positively influence the society we live in. We do not want our graduates to be ‘clicktivists’ who are deaf to the calls of our society: we aim to mold graduates who are deeply attuned to society at large, and able to view ideas from many different angles. The Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology modules that are core to the BSocSci are key to molding socially conscious leaders. The programme’s Fact Sheet offers that “[p]rospective students who are energised by the many possibilities for making a difference in society will find the BSocSci intellectually stimulating and practically robust”. It really is the business degree of the future.

The BSocSci is the perfect degree from which to springboard. Postgraduate study options are widely available to the BSocSci graduate, from postgraduate qualifications in Management, Education, Marketing to the clinical focus of Psychology and Sociology. It would not be strange to find the BSocSci graduate in a Master’s programme specialising in Strategic Management, Development Studies, or completing a postgraduate qualification in secondary-school teaching (subjects that can be taught include Management, Business, and Economics, Geography and History, as examples). The options are endless. You would be able to enrol at your institution of choice for further study – but do bear in mind that each institution has its own entrance requirements.

Boston offers more. Not only are we offering a BSocSci which opens many doors to you, but we are offering you an individualised learning journey – one which you oversee. By offering technologically mediated online learning, together with textbooks (free of charge) and support centres countrywide, we are offering a learning experience, not the transfer of knowledge. This is critical to the development of the successful graduate who wants so much more than the words on a page… you want engagement, discussion, debates and that feeling of personal development that you know will translate into confidence in the working world.

Africa is ready for a new crop of leaders. Boston is ready to partner with you!

Chat to a training advisor on 011 551 2000 or visit www.boston.ac.za for more info.

Benefits of online higher education in 2020

Benefits of online higher education in 2020

Written by Dr Hendrik Botha and Dr Janet Viljoen

While many institutions grapple with a sudden and dramatic shift to online learning, provision of technology-mediated learning is in our DNA. Boston City Campus & Business College has decades of experience in this modality of provision. “That Covid-19 will have a transformative impact on the way learning happens within the universities seems indisputable. The most dramatic evidence of this is the shift to online learning” (Habib and Valodia, 2020). While the emergency remote teaching (Hodges et al., 2020) deployed during the first half of 2020 was restructured in haste and lacked the proper pedagogical construction for online learning (Habib and Valodia, 2020), Boston has carefully curated its teaching and learning materials to be durable, reliable, cutting-edge and most importantly constructively-aligned for a seamless and coherent student learning experience.

The lockdown necessitated by COVID-19 across the world is the perfect backdrop against which to review our experience in online education and the advantages thereof.

In our experience, online and distance learning (ODL) is flexible, cost-effective and enables access even to those in full-time employment. Learning can take place at any time and in any place and is not constrained by factors such as lecture-room capacity. Online and distance learning opportunities remove the binary choices: it is no longer study or work, study or travel, upskill or have a family: it is study AND work, travel, and have a family. Moreover, the world is no longer preoccupied with what type of learning got you your qualification: what remains important is the reputation of the institution and of its graduates. One such measure is evidenced in local and voluntary international accreditation. There is no more a social hierarchy between contact learning (face-to-face) and online and distance learning experiences. Money talks, and where online learning opportunities are concerned your saving is less likely to be in the fees per se, but rather in the considerable associated spend on living expenses which include over-priced accommodation close to the institution and high travel expenses, and opportunity cost i.e. not being able to take up part-time or full-time contract work and especially not so if it is outside the geographic location from the campus.

Acknowledging the context of the 21st century and the fourth industrial revolution, online learning by its very nature supports and develops personal independence, and prepares the candidate for the modern workplace – one which is characterised by remote work-from-home arrangements and a high degree of personal autonomy. The student who has had to self-manage their studies is someone who can be trusted to meet deadlines in the remote workplace. Driving one’s own academic journey via online and distance learning accelerates the individual’s need to think critically, solve problems, and take responsibility for progress: these “soft skills” are valuable currency in the modern workplace. Self-directed learning also affords you the chance to pace yourself toward your goals: we cannot all run the race at the same speed, and nor should we. Choosing your pace is but a part of the participatory nature of online learning, where the student is actively involved in determining learning goals and is able to choose how many courses to take in any semester while taking into account other responsibilities, such as family and employment. In a word, online learning predicates itself on “autonomy”.

Technological advances have revolutionised the online and distance learning space. Learning management systems (LMS) offer single-point access to all that is needed for the truly integrated learning experience: digital content, syllabi, interfacing with faculty, communication with peers, synchronous and asynchronous lectures (real-time or recorded for later viewing). The LMS technology also facilitates online completion of assessment events, permits grading to happen online, and for feedback to reach the student swiftly. Boston leverages the available technology to the student’s benefit, incorporating AI to monitor participation, send motivational communications, and trigger alerts when participation is low which prompts a call to the student from a member of faculty or a personal student advisor. Online does not mean alone!

Technology has reduced the relative importance of space. Many contact institutions have considerable capacity challenges which consequently curtail the number and range of programme types that can be offered. Moreover, these challenges restrict the number of students who can enrol. Online providers have no such limitations and are also able to extend the range of higher education programmes on offer to give credence to widening access. Boston offers a wide range of Higher Certificate and Diploma qualifications which cater to niche specialisations and are occupationally focused. Access to these qualifications is not restricted by the need for a Bachelor’s Pass in the Matric examinations, and completion of one of these qualifications may facilitate transition into a Bachelor’s Degree upon successful completion. Your dream of higher education is not over because you did not achieve a Bachelors’ Pass: there are many alternative higher education qualifications available to you, all recognised on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). At the other end of the spectrum, you may elect one of our Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce, Accounting or Social Science, or perhaps you may wish to advance your business acumen through our unique Postgraduate Diploma in Management.

Online provision of learning comes in many different forms and with many variants of support available to the student. You may be familiar with online learning where you simply purchase the course and complete it and have no contact with any subject experts along the way, relying exclusively on pre-recorded videos and material available online. On the other end of the scale, there is online learning that relies heavily on lectures via technology such as Zoom, which requires you to be online at a certain time to attend the class. Boston likes to take a middle road approach: the material is online for you to access 24/7 at your convenience, and subject experts are available for consultation via online communication channels. We go a step further than this. Boston provides the prescribed courseware (textbooks) free of charge as part of the fee structure. This means that when Eskom load sheds, or when you run out of data, you can continue your learning journey. We believe that we cannot rely exclusively on technology and that the deployment of our LMS works best in conjunction with the “good old hardcopy textbook”.

Some may argue that online learning does not offer the student the same personal development opportunities, social exposure, and peer engagement that other, more traditional (face-to-face) means of learning might. We think the key is in the word “personal” development and we argue that the enthusiastic student who is willing and able to learn will derive the same developmental benefits from the online interaction as from a face-to-face connection.  After all, we are all digital natives in some sense in 2020. Never satisfied with “good enough” Boston goes a step further: we provide Support Centres around the country where students can meet to collaborate, learn together, use technological facilities, or seek assistance from a Student Advisor. Attendance at a Support Centre is voluntary, self-directed and a matter of choice: this means you can travel to the centre during off-peak times when travel is cheaper, choose your days according to what suits your schedule, or indeed choose not to make use of the facilities in person in favour of online communication with faculty or advisors. The choice is yours – entirely yours.

Covid-19 highlights the need to reimagine the global institutional architecture of the higher education system” (Habib and Valodia, 2020). Higher education is forcibly being pushed into new territory, unknown challenges lie ahead, and admittedly, no person has gone before us in this respect. The architecture of online education, such as we deploy at Boston, is established and robust. It has stood the test of time and has been through iterations of change and improvement in response to student needs. Where we may once have sat on the fringe of higher education provision, online provision of education now finds itself firmly central, swiftly approaching mainstream. Trust the online provider with years of experience to guide your learning journey. After all, it is one of the most important journeys you will ever embark on.

 

References

Habib, A., and Valodia, I. (2020). How universities can play a role in shaping a new post-crisis world. Business Day, May 24, 2020.
Retrieved May 27, 2020 from https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2020-05-24-how-universities-can-play-a-role-in-shaping-a-new-post-crisis-world/

Hodges, C., Moore, S., Lockee, B., Trust, T., and Bond A. (2020). The difference between emergency remote teaching and online learning. Educause.
Retrieved May 19, 2020 from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/3/the-difference-between-emergency-remote-teaching-and-online-learning

Ambitions for an Animated Lifestyle

What is animation?

“Many believe it’s just cartoons but actually, this is a medium in which different objects or images are manipulated to appear as moving images. These images are traditionally drawn by hand or digitally with thanks to modern technology”. This according to Mahendra Naidoo, animation lecturer at Boston Media House in Sandton.

What is graphic design?

Flip Hattingh academic manager for graphic design explains; “Also known as visual communication, graphic design involves planning and projecting different and creative ideas using visual and textual content.” Hattingh continues that, “As a graphic designer or an animator you should be a person that works well with others making sure that you think out of the box. Ideas that are out of the ordinary work best in graphic design. You need to be focused because what is learned in graphic design can be confusing.” According to Hattingh, these two fields both manifest as a way of expression, of telling a story as a way of getting a message across.

So what is the difference between animation and graphic design?
Naidoo says that one might assume that Animation and Graphic Design are based mainly on 2D aspects, think ‘flat’ drawing and a lot of advertising. “Actually animation is based on 2D and 3D aspects – these allow the window to open further and the opportunities for creativity to grow, becoming vast and never-ending”.

Naidoo explains that there are many different types of animation studios in South Africa. “The majority of them work in very similar aspects of the field, however, some specialiwe in certain aspects of animation.

Hattingh discusses the work opportunities, which can be for full-time employment either in studios or advertising agencies for graduates in this field.  “You can also freelance as a graphic designer and animator depending on which company you work for and the type of contract that you have signed. And of course, graphic and design form a huge part of the gaming industry, opening up even more employment opportunities” he says.

Tips from Hattingh and Naidoo on what it takes to make it as a good graphic designer and animator

  • Work well under pressure
  • Meet deadlines so that you don’t delay any other production happening around you
  • You need excellent communication skills in order to effectively communicate ideas and feedback with clients
  • Work as part of a greater team
  • You’ll need to possess creativity and artistic talent
  • Be able to think out of the box! Approach each challenge with new thinking

Boston Media House offers three-year and four-year qualifications both of which provide the option of specialising in animation and graphic design.

“Career options are global due to the fact that your institution is internationally accredited,” says Naidoo. “Animation and graphics are globally in-demand skills – animation studios look for animators all the time. Entertainment and corporate companies need graphic designers as these are still growing industries even though they have been around for a long time”.

As a graphic designer or an animator, you’re open to a whole new world every day. You get to work hand in hand with other industries and fields within the media industry. There are various paths open to you like public relations where you would work with designing a company’s corporate identity illustration. You could work in newsrooms, marketing agencies, and in film and television industries.

Jarid Naidoo (2nd Year Animation student at Boston Media House)

“Our lecturers are preparing us for the world out there and still are. Our two lectures Mahendra Naidoo and Amy Williams have been such an inspiration and offer assistance to us as students when undergoing this course”, says Jarid, a current animation student.

“Boston Media House does its best to prepare you for the industry as best as they can. But you can never be prepared enough! Especially on the business side of animation or going on your own, but the knowledge we are given does prepare us for the industry” says Makungu, an animation graduate from Boston Media House.

First SA Private Higher Education Institution In Line For US Accreditation

First SA Private Higher Education Institution In Line For US Accreditation

COVID-19 and population lockdowns have physically isolated us and imposed restrictions on our ability to move freely. But it has also brought us together in some rather unexpected ways and reminded us that we are far more connected than we imagined. Our workplaces have been decentralised with remote working interventions and brought with it some positives that have long been recognised by those early-adopters of remote working: less traffic congestion, fuel savings, fewer hassles associated with travel, time-saving, and a measure of flexibility in terms of work hours.

While physically isolated, this global pandemic is surfacing the importance of leveraging our connectivity and the technologies on which we have become so dependent so that we remain active within a globally interconnected economy. Moreover, participation in the global economy raises some critical question about the relative currency of academic qualifications.

Ari Katz, CEO of Boston City Campus, proposes that a crucial value-add to academic qualifications is international recognition. He notes, “today, companies and industries have become quite flat structures, enabling more opportunities for more people on a global scale. As part of the fourth industrial revolution, employers and employees have to embrace new ideas, concepts, and strategies. Organisations aim to remain competitive and relevant by operating on a broad platform, liaising with international businesses for the exchanging of goods and services. Employees and business owners will need to be armed with ‘international’ skills so that they can operate on a global scale to remain competitive and relevant.”

A successful career in the management domain needs to have a global orientation. ‘Internationalisation’, therefore, is integral to establishing and maintaining a presence in today’s marketplace. While focusing on delivering-producing local services-products, there also needs to be an international reach to sell those skills and services. Especially now, our services come at a really low cost to international buyers. It’s an excellent opportunity to be selling South African based skills and services in IT, programming, telecommunications, call centres, project management, and sales, to name a few.

Internationally accredited qualifications thus become a highly valued aspect of one’s CV. “An international degree helps you create a robust bridge between you and your future career, through which you can achieve a greater exposure to attain the opportunities in the first place,” says an international consultant. Moreover, even when you operate locally, it makes you more attractive to local employers because you have a global mindset.

Boston City Campus has positioned itself as a private higher education provider that is sensitive to the needs of the local economy while having an eye on the global picture. In addition to accreditation as an Independent Higher Education Institution with the British Accreditation Council in the UK, Katz adds that Boston is now also a candidate for the accreditation of specific programmes by the ACBSP (Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs) in the USA.

“Higher education institutions increasingly have to locate themselves within the global context of an ever-changing educational landscape and must do everything they can to stay in touch with the needs, skills, and demands of business to remain relevant,” says Dr Hendrik Botha, Head of Institution at Boston. In this space, higher education as an industry needs to think local and act global. Put another way; higher education institutions must ensure that their approach to education is sensitive to the realities of life in South Africa while at the same time maintaining an active link with what is happening globally. “Boston’s goal to gain international recognition for its graduates is a strategic move for the institution. And, the voluntary accreditation with the BAC and the ACBSP gives expression to the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) draft policy on the internationalisation of higher education,” says Dr Botha.

“We believe strongly in the importance of higher education being locally accredited (by the Council on Higher Education) as well as globally recognised through international accrediting bodies,” says Katz. “The world becomes a small operating system due to work borders falling away when you hold a globally recognised qualifications.”

Boston City Campus (Boston) is recognised and awarded accreditation as an Independent Higher Education Institution with the British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC is recognised globally as an influential voice on standards and quality for the education sector. Boston is a candidate for the accreditation of specific programmes by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP).

Watch the informational video here…

Or visit www.boston.ac.za or call 011 551 2000 to find our more.

A Unique Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Options for a Changing World

A Unique Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Options for a Changing World

Looking for a  dramatic impact on your personalised career path with the inclusion of core commercial leadership skills that pave the way for higher management roles and thereby improving your employability? Read more here about the Boston PG Dip.

A Unique Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Options for a Changing WorldOn the 30th of May 2020, the world witnessed the successful collaboration between NASA and SpaceX that culminated in the docking of Dragon with the International Space Station nineteen hours after liftoff. At the same time, we are witnessing the fragmenting of our fragile society, not just in our backyard, but across the globe. The world, it seems, is spinning out of control. Whether we are high-fiving in celebration of the historically significant moment of SpaceX or mourning the equally significant impact of a global pandemic, we are witnessing a massive shift of global proportions.

As the tectonic plates of our global cultures move and shift, they give rise to new and unexplored worlds. In this time of change, we are invited to re-consider and re-imagine what kinds of skills will be required to lead a company or manage people. At Boston City Campus, we believe our Postgraduate Diploma in Management will offer the adventurous and commercially minded leader a rich foundation from which to navigate this ‘brave new’ and emerging world.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management is an NQF Level 8 qualification accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The qualification is geared towards developing intellectual and management capacity in such vital areas as operations and enterprise-wide risk management, corporate governance, global marketing, human capital and talent management, negotiation techniques, financial management, business research methods and quantitative skills.

Head of Institution, Dr Hendrik Botha, believes that “Management and industries across the spectrum are at a pivotal crossroads with the digitisation and intersection of the human-robotics interface of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Higher education must change how it designs programmes to navigate the disruption of a changing world of work. We maintain that the design of this qualification develops critical and creative thinking—two essential competencies for effectively steering and managing a business during an unprecedented crisis, and after.”

Cultivating capabilities in critical and creative thinking, the Postgraduate Diploma in Management recognises the importance of leadership development and seeks to contextualise business leadership and management styles within fluid contexts. Dr Botha notes further that the qualification is “set to develop the relevant advanced managerial skills needed to leverage the technologies of the digital era within our postgraduates, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), skills which become even more important as we move into remote working spaces.”

Boston’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management takes the current local and global contextual realities and challenges seriously. It offers students a significant space to think broadly and deeply about how to transform the workplace from a place of surviving to a place of thriving. Dr Botha maintains that “The Postgraduate Diploma in Management will offer students a penetrative and comprehensive understanding of the operational side of the business, especially for coping in turbulent times and with an emphasis on human development.” This comprehensive understanding is, according to Dr Botha, “underpinned by the development of strategic-general management and business acumen for effective and appropriate decision-making, as well as creative and critical thinking.” Students will be equipped with enabling competencies that will stand them in good stead locally, nationally and globally.

There remains a positive correlation between education level and obtaining employment. A postgraduate qualification such as Boston’s Postgraduate Diploma in Management puts you a step ahead of undergraduates.

Completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (NQF Level 8) will offer graduates interested in further study opportunities to enrol in a related Master’s programme (NQF Level 9) in the areas of commerce, general management, marketing management, or business administration. Dr Botha reminds us that “while graduates who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Management are eligible for application to enrol in a Master’s programme at another higher education institution, the receiving institution will have its specific admission and selection criteria.”

A PG Dip is a serious investment in time and commitment. Invest one hour of your time right now and experience an unconventional approach to Postgraduate Management Education!

There are good reasons to consider the Postgraduate Diploma in Management, including:

  • A dramatic impact on your personalised career path with the inclusion of core commercial leadership skills that pave the way for higher management roles and thereby improving your employability;
  • The fluidity of present circumstances which amplifies the need for 4IR skills such as adaptability, creativity, complex problem solving, and flexibility all of which are developed during the Postgraduate Diploma in Management;
  • It provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in advanced business and management strategies to maintain a competitive edge;
  • It refines your strategic thinking, critical thinking and decision-making, which are essential for results-driven productivity, change management and navigating the complex world-of-work; and,
  • It builds confidence in conducting research and mastering academic as well as business report writing and presentation.

To find out more call 011 551 9000, email info@boston.co.za or visit www.boston.ac.za

Staying Connected During Lockdown

We’re normally always connected in some way or another… I mean, we attend a contact-based institution. That says it all.
We’ve gone from having access to a campus hub for our expression to studying completely online and in our own heads.
We’ve gone from having a common place to meet and share ideas to isolation…

Here are some of the best ways we’ve stayed connected during lockdown…

Watch Live Streams & Virtual Concerts

Get the gig guide here

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Do Free Stuff Together

Find free movies, series, games, books, guitar lessons, exercise classes and more here

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Visit a Virtual Pub

You could even meet new friends on this vibe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Download a Apps to Virtually Socialise

Discover 5 apps that you can use to virtually socialise with your friends here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Virtual Parties

How to turn your house into a club this weekend

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Throw A Virtual Dinner Party

Here’s how

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