Varsity College expands

2008-02-18 00:00

Varsity College on Friday officially launched a R5,5 million expansion and refurbishment of its Pietermaritzburg campus, on the back of strong demand from the local community.

The exciting development includes 12 new lecture rooms, three computer studios and a computer laboratory, a new canteen known as “The Source”, and an upgraded administration and student support block. A new multi-purpose events room has also been constructed.

In addition, all lecture rooms are now fully air-conditioned.

The expansion project was conducted over a short yet demanding timeframe, between September 2007 and February 2008. The development marks the fifth phase in the history of an ever-growing Pietermaritzburg campus.

Varsity College Pietermaritzburg Principal, Kevin McShane, told The Witness that the Pietermaritzburg campus recorded about 1 000 full-time registered students, as well as 900 part-time students.

He said they have attracted a healthy number of new registrations thus far, adding that they have a team of about 90 lecturers, as well as a full team of support staff members.

The business is focused on maintaining smaller classes and the new lecture rooms will create the necessary capacity to support the ongoing growth of the local campus.

Miles Pennington of Pennington and Associates, project architect, added that there has been a 30% expansion of the campus in terms of “floor area”.

He noted that the Pietermaritzburg campus was unusual in the sense that it was home to a number of small buildings.

“We have developed this model and it has become a preferred model across other campuses.”

Kevin Johnson, Varsity College’s national brand, sales and training manager, said the uptake in Pietermaritzburg has been excellent, adding that the growth has mirrored the overall economic growth experienced in and around the city.

All sub-contractors utilised on the project hail from Pietermaritzburg.

“It is clear that private tertiary education is expanding at a great rate. There is a real need for quality tertiary education in safe and secure environments,” added McShane.

The business as a whole boasts eight campuses across four provinces.

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