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Rich­field Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (Pty) Ltd, pre­vi­ously known as PC Train­ing and Busi­ness Col­lege, first com­menced op­er­a­tions in 1998 in Ton­gaat, KwaZulu-Natal as a com­puter train­ing cen­tre. To­day it boasts 33 higher ed­u­ca­tion cam­puses and 40 Tech­ni­cal Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) cam­puses coun­try­wide.

The in­sti­tute is one of South Africa’s most af­ford­able higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions and has seen over 280 000 skilled grad­u­ates, in a va­ri­ety of sought-af­ter qual­i­fi­ca­tions, pass through its doors. Re­cently, there was cause for cel­e­bra­tion when Rich­field won not one, but two pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional awards through the Paris­based Other­ways’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­age­ment and Con­sult­ing in the cat­e­gories of Global Award for Per­fec­tion, Qual­ity and Ideal Per­for­mance and the Green Era Award for Sus­tain­abil­ity.

The awards were pre­sented to Rich­field’s CEO, Jay Ram­nund­lall, at a glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony in Rome, Italy in July 2017.

Other­ways’ in­ter­na­tional award pro­gramme is a busi­ness-ori­ented as­so­ci­a­tion, which fo­cuses on the mi­cro-eco­nomic lev­els of multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and serves to pro­mote eco­nomic re­la­tions and es­tab­lish new com­mer­cial and pro­fes­sional con­tacts around the world. The awards pay trib­ute to the To­tal Qual­ity Man­age­ment (TQM) phi­los­o­phy that seeks to in­te­grate all or­gan­i­sa­tional func­tions in or­der to meet cus­tomer needs and or­gan­i­sa­tional ob­jec­tives. Rich­field was ac­cred­ited with the TQM ap­ti­tude seal for high-qual­ity per­for­mance and best cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion at the awards cer­e­mony.

Ram­nund­lall says, “Rich­field has gone from strength to strength in re­cent years,” which he at­tributes to the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to con­stantly im­prove the qual­ity of teach­ing and ed­u­ca­tion by in­te­grat­ing tech­nol­ogy into the core cur­ricu­lum. “In addition to which, we fo­cus on pro­vid­ing stu­dents with in­te­grated work ex­pe­ri­ence, which ul­ti­mately im­proves their chances of suc­cess in their cho­sen ca­reers.”

An­other feather in Rich­field’s cap was when the com­pany be­came the first pri­vate ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion to be cer­ti­fied against the glob­ally recog­nised ISO 9001: 2015 qual­ity stan­dard by the IMS In­ter­na­tional.

The com­pany has been the re­cip­i­ent of nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing the 2016 Europe Busi­ness As­sem­bly (EBA) for “Best Re­gional Col­lege” (pri­vate univer­sity) in addition to Ram­nund­lall, be­ing awarded the ti­tle of In­ter­na­tional Man­ager of the Year. The award was pre­sented at The In­ter­na­tional Socrates Gala Cer­e­mony in De­cem­ber 2016 at Ox­ford, UK. Rich­field Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy has also won the 2015 Cen­tury In­ter­na­tional Qual­ity ERA Award (Gold Cat­e­gory) for its com­mit­ment to qual­ity lead­er­ship, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion at their awards cer­e­mony in Geneva, Switzer­land. Rich­field pro­vides a range of top-qual­ity, fully ac­cred­ited qual­i­fi­ca­tions for con­tact and dis­tance stu­dents. Th­ese in­clude short learn­ing cour­ses and full-time pro­grammes and, most no­tably qual­i­fi­ca­tions, such as the bach­e­lor’s de­gree, di­ploma and higher cer­tifi­cate in pub­lic man­age­ment and lo­cal govern­ment man­age­ment and var­i­ous South African Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tion study op­tions.

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