Agreements will boost expansion in South Africa

Announcements come on Enterprise Ireland trade mission to South Africa

Two of Ireland’s leading international education and eLearning providers have today (Thursday 10 November 2011) announced agreements for cooperation in South Africa that will see them extend the reach of their export business in this growing market.  The announcements were made as part of this week’s Enterprise Ireland trade mission to South Africa, and will provide the basis for the continued upward expansion of the education partnership between Ireland and South Africa, to the mutual benefit of both countries.  The trade mission is being led by Minister for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan TD.

Pictured: Minister Jan O’Sullivan T.D. with Ramesh Bharuthram, Ph.D., Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Western Cape.

Pictured: Minister Jan O’Sullivan T.D. with Ramesh Bharuthram, Ph.D., Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Western Cape.

The announcements were made by Hibernia College Dublin and MindLeaders ThirdForce.  HiberniaCollegehas signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) that will see the two institutions collaborate in providing postgraduate education in the area of Regulatory Sciences. The goal of the collaboration is to make this new programme available to a broader range of students in South Africa through a blend of onsite tuition and web enabled learning

MindLeaders ThirdForce, the global elearning provider, has announced a partnership with a new South African channel partner to spearhead the growing channel partner programme, which makes one of the world’s most extensive portfolios of high quality elearning available across Africa.

The company has also this year established a new office in Johannesburg.

There is a strong tradition of collaboration between Ireland’s education sector and its counterparts in other countries.  Education and eLearning are high value areas in which Ireland’s reputation internationally continues to grow.  Providers in the sector are winning new business in countries around the globe, supporting export growth and employment in Ireland. 

Welcoming the announcement Minister O’Sullivan said: ‘Ireland’s educational strengths and capabilities provide an excellent match with Africa’s requirements.  Ireland has developed an international standing as a centre of quality education and training.  These announcements reflect the reputation of our colleges for innovation and outstanding quality and service.  They demonstrate how Ireland’s education providers can succeed in challenging markets, expand their export footprint, and grow their business’. 

Enterprise Ireland’s Head of International Sales and Partnering, Kevin Sherry, who is accompanying Minister O’Sullivan on the Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission said: ‘International education and eLearning are sectors that offer huge potential for Irish providers and for growing Irish services exports.  South Africa is a very important market that we are targeting for significant growth.  The announcements today testify to the standing of Ireland’s education providers internationally, and will strengthen our strategy of promoting Irish education abroad’.

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Details of the announcements are: 

Hibernia College Dublin has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) that will see the two institutions collaborate in providing postgraduate education in the area of Regulatory Sciences. The goal of the collaboration is to make this new programme available to a broader range of students in South Africa through a blend of onsite tuition and web enabled learning. Hibernia College is an award-winning online college based in Ireland with students and graduates in over 30 countries, while UWC is an engaged historically disadvantaged university that has taken significant strides in developing into a research-intensive institution, committed to supporting Africa’s development though research.

Jeremy Whitty, Director of Hibernia College's IMI Pharmatrain Centre of Excellence in Medicines Development, said: ‘Our objective is to ensure that students and industry professionals, first in South Africa, and eventually in the major emerging markets, have access to world class education and training in Regulatory Sciences and medicines development. We are very excited to be working with UWC and look forward to jointly tackling the challenges that lie ahead’.

MindLeaders ThirdForce, the global elearning provider, has announced a partnership with a new South African channel partner to spearhead the growing channel partner programme, which makes one of the world’s most extensive portfolios of high quality elearning available across Africa.

The company has also this year established a new office in Johannesburg.

Throughout the past decade the MindLeaders ThirdForce e-assessment solution has supported the delivery of International Computer Driver’s License (ICDL) qualifications to millions of learners in North African countries in a partnership with UNESCO. In South Africa and other Sub-Saharan African nations, MindLeaders ThirdForce has previously supplied both courseware and the e-assessment solution for the ICDL.

Hazel Mathoora of MindLeaders ThirdForce commented: ‘I believe that elearning is going to be the conduit to positive change in the education sector in South Africa and Africa as a whole.  Making education accessible to everyone in Africa through elearning will change people’s lives, and it is very welcome to see corporations like Mindleaders ThirdForce commit to such monumental change in Africa’.

For further information contact:

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
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