Prof Stanley Mukhola and Louis van Huyssteen signing the MoU.
According to Dr Elizma Wannenburg, Head of the Department of Marketing, Supply Chain and Sport Management, the creation of such a qualification in the blended manner will offer significant value and benefits to the RMI and its members by providing members with an opportunity to experience flexible learning through interactive education.
“This will allow the members to study while they continue to provide service to their employers. This will result in the upskilling and professionalism of this vital industry in the South African Economy,” she added.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prof Stanley Mukhola, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching, Learning and Technology, said the MoU will create opportunities for academics to work with important stakeholders in the Retail motor industry. “Working alongside industry and inviting them as guest lecturers is key to capacitate our learners through programs that are aligned according to industry needs.”
Prof Mukhola further said that technology has impacted almost every aspect of life, and education is no exception. “Digital transformation isn’t about riding out a storm and hoping it will pass. It’s about embracing change,” he added.
Dr Wannenburg said she is honoured by the trust that the RMI has bestowed on her department. She assured delegates that the Diploma in Retail Business Management will equip the RMI learners with the relevant knowledge and skills needed in their industry.
Louis van Huyssteen, the National Director of Training at RMI and his colleagues said this project was initiated after the evaluation of various academic programs available. . “Our members are located across South Africa and neighbouring countries and therefore through this blended learning program our members will now have the opportunity to develop themselves through this qualification.”
Marcia Modiba, an active member of the RMI added that institutions of higher education must offer more industry based qualifications, which will inspire learners to educate themselves in a particular field.
This MOU commits to a close partnership between industry and the University, working towards a common goal; to create an innovative and educated culture and spirit.