Considerations of the Impact: Corporate Universities in a South African Context

Ms Devika Pillay
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Corporate Universites (CU) have emerged in the international arena in companies such as Sony, Shell and Motorola. The concept of the CU supports a system of continuous learning and knowledge transfer. The need for such 'universities' have stemmed from the perception that traditional universities are ineffective in producing such continous and practical learning. This is of particular concern within the South African context as there exists a severe skills shortage that is compounded by other variables such as the AIDS, low productivity rates and the inability to compete effectivly. Within the South African context there needs to be closer scrunity into what kind of skills are being imparted to university graduates and the relevance of these skills to the corporate world. In order to address these skills deficits consideration needs to be given to how traditional universities are affected by the corporate univeristy concept and whether there exists the potential for collaboration between these 'new universities' and traditional universities.

Keywords: Corporate University, Continuous Education and Training, Skills Development
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Ms Devika Pillay

Academic Coordinator-Howard College, Management, University of Kwazulu-Natal
Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

My area of expertise lies in the field of Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing. I am involved in lecturing programmes for these disciplines as well as being involved in research projects for both the public and private sector. I also supervise post-graduate students. Since graduating in 1996 with a B.Com degree, this has been followed with a Honours degree in 1997 and a Masters degree by full research in 2000. The Master's degree was completed with the assistance of a National Research Foundation Scholarship. In 1999 further funding was received from the Ford Foundation to pursue further research work in the field of entrepreneurship and small business management. I was also selected in 1999 as one of ten South Africans to participate in a training programme for Policy Development for Small and Medium Enterprises for South Africa. This training programme spanned a period of 3 months in Japan and presented an opportunity to visit various regions in the country. At present my plans are underway to pursue a doctoral degree.

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