Tsiba offers Leap of a lifetime

2017-03-30 06:02
Some of the graduates who have a chance in life becuase of Tsiba

Some of the graduates who have a chance in life becuase of Tsiba

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The demand for a free, quality and sustainable education is certainly not a new phenomenon in South Africa.

It is a harsh reality that many South Africans are still not able to access tertiary education due to financial constraints.

But there is hope and there are options, as experienced by 120 Western Cape students who were awarded scholarships to study accredited leadership and entrepreneurship qualifications at a local award-winning business school.

These students may come from diverse backgrounds, but their dreams are the same.

They wish to study at tertiary level and change not only their own lives, but those around them.

This story of hope began after the attainment of democracy, when four individuals came together with a common belief that by providing educational opportunities and increasing access to education, we could fill the historical education and skills’ gap and hasten the transformation period in our fledgling democracy.

In 2004 they founded the accredited, non-profit Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) and just thirteen years later, there is undeniable proof that this award-winning university is driving social change by igniting opportunities for the youth.

TSiBA boasts a 96% employment rate on graduation and double the throughput rate compared to the South African national average.

First year TSiBA student Yandiswa Tshixo,20, was born in the Eastern Cape but currently lives in Phillipi.

She says: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that TSiBA has given me as I’m the first one in my family to go to university. I plan to grab this opportunity with both hands; I want to be a good role model to my younger siblings. It gives me a sense of purpose knowing that by studying further at TSiBA I will be able to eliminate poverty in my community.”

TSiBA CEO Adri Marais says: “TSiBA is uniquely positioned to enable students to progress in their tertiary degree programmes, find aspirational employment or thrive as entrepreneurs.

Rather than pay back their scholarships monetarily, these students are required to Pay it Forward transferring knowledge, skills and resources they will gain at TSiBA back into their communities.

In just seven cohorts TSiBA has eight Mandela Rhodes Scholars, three Kofi Annan Scholars, three Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellows and continues to receive multiple social change awards,”

“TSiBA graduates are successful because TSiBA’s unique curriculum is balanced with both academic content and experiential learning. Students who are selected are nurtured to grow in confidence and acquire the values, attributes and behaviour of a leader by being grounded in themselves, their community, country and the world.

This outcome is achieved through our unique “Profile of Graduateness” which places attitude at the heart of the student’s development and layers skills and knowledge around this.

TSiBA seeks to ensure that students are equipped not only for further study and the working world, but also develop a social conscience and the skills to build our nation” says TSiBA Dean, Pearl Pugin.

Lee-Ann Macquire,19, from Kensington, who has been awarded a full scholarship to study the one-year Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) believes ”TSiBA has opened a whole new world of endless possibilities for me. Attaining my degree at TSiBA will equip me with skills to be an employable graduate in the business world and also make a difference in my community, as I am the first one to go to university; I’m hoping to inspire younger after me”.

  • TSiBA is a non-profit business school founded in 2004 and registered and accredited with the Department of Higher Education as a private higher education institution.

To date TSiBA has awarded over 4 500 scholarships to talented young people, across its two campuses, who may otherwise not have had access to higher education for academic or financial reasons.

TSiBA is now looking to Ignite Opportunity for more talented youth and has officially opened Applications for 2018.

Space is limited and applicants are urged to apply early to ensure they are eligible for selection.

Contact Kwanele Magwaca on 021 532 2750 for more information on how to make your dreams a reality. Or go to: www.tsiba.ac.za.

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