Details for TSiBA Education NPC

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Private Higher Education Institution

Type of Education

Technical, Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Executive


Pinelands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


Sign Up Date to PRME

21 Nov 2017

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

Not Available

Letter of ​Commitment (2017)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The values-based TSiBA curriculum is regarded as niche in the sector. The curriculum formally integrates skills and knowledge with attitude, and aligns these to a set of values that includes but is not limited to integrity, resilience, accountability and discipline.

The formal inclusion of values into the curriculum means that students are assessed on key pillars of the TSiBA vision. In this regard, each student is assigned a mentor, is required to engage in community upliftment activities as their assessed pay-it-forward initiative and, all students are exposed to a scaffolding approach to learning that recognises and then builds on the strengths and weaknesses of the individual.

All of this takes place in an environment where leadership is encouraged and student voices are heard as key to building the capacity among our youth to engage in the most difficult conversations on issues that concern their communities.

In preparing for the key-note address at the UKI PRME conference in 2017, it was pleasing to note that at least 11 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals were addressed through the curriculum.

All offerings, including under-, post-graduate and executive education programmes are based on a community-focused and industry-led approach to teaching and learning. These offerings are under-scored by Entrepreneurship and Leadership & Self-development as key threads that 'produce' a graduate that is keenly aware of and ready to engage in responsible leadership activities for the benefit of the communities in which we (the TSiBA learning community) work, live and learn.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

TSiBA Education NPC as a business, is registered as a non-profit institution. Our corporate relationships have been developed over a number of years during which our undergraduate students have engaged as interns at corporates in South Africa, Germany and Sweden. We are engaging with partners to extend the number of countries our students are able to access.

Most of our engagement with corporates has been as a beneficiary of those company's Corporate Social Responsibility objectives. TSiBA is recognised as a beneficiary due to our social impact agenda and our work in under-served communities. In turn, our corporate partners, through engagement with our curriculum and insights on how our students and graduates engage within the corporate environment, are able to assist us through annual reviews of the relevance and innovation of our offerings. In this way, TSiBA is able to engage corporates, increase our social impact and encourage debate on the efficacy of a model that argues for a new approach to the old problem of socio-economic exclusion to quality higher education in South Africa.

As a small 'teaching' university, we do not have an emphasis on research output at all. The engagement with the PRME conference in June 2017 seeks to address this area, by presenting TSiBA as a case study that demonstrates how the UN SDGs may be implemented by a growing, learning community. We are also currently studying our student cohort with a view to understanding how under-served students cope with the rigours of higher education. The outcome of this study will inform us on how to better support them both from an academic and psycho-social perspective.

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