Throughout this site and all our communication, you will see reference to The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). So who is The IIE and why are they important? The IIE is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education provider and is part of ADvTECH Ltd, a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The IIE is responsible for the academic governance and quality assurance of all programmes delivered through the campuses of all its educational brands, including Varsity College. So essentially, every Varsity College campus is an IIE campus. Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director and Head of The IIE says, “The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa, which is testament to our commitment to quality and rigour.”
The Teaching and Learning Committee develops academic strategies, curricula and teaching methods. This allows Varsity College to evolve, innovate and continually improve upon the way things are done in the classroom.
The IIE has three academic faculties: Information Technology, Business and Applied Humanities. Each of these faculties has its own Faculty Board. The faculties ensure that the curriculum for each programme meets external, industry and academic standards by working with Faculty Programme Advisory Committees. These committees comprise of academics as well as professional and business people who provide insight from the world of work. This ultimately ensures that what is taught at Varsity College is relevant and up-to-date in industry.
The IIE strives to ensure that all students will:
The lIE is responsible for the assessment and certification of students, development of the curricula and it oversees the delivery thereof. Additionally, The IIE ensures that the correct teaching and learning processes are implemented and adhered to by Varsity College.
These processes are set out by 'The Senate', the senior decision-making body that determines the policies and regulations that govern all things academic at Varsity College. The Senate is chaired by the Director, who is also the head of The lIE. The Director is assisted by the Registrar, who is the Secretary of Senate. The remaining seats on Senate are occupied, in the most part, by academics and include representatives from Varsity College. Senate comprises a number of committees that variously manage the overseeing of standards, teaching, learning, curricula and assessment for over 60 accredited higher education qualifications. Varsity College is represented on each of these committees.
Quality is of great importance to The lIE. The quality of The lIE programmes is assured through evidence-driven reviews, lecturer peer reviews, student success tracking and intervention programmes for students needing assistance. To view their website click here
*SLP: Short Learning Programme