Considerations of the Impact: Corporate Universities in a South African Context
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
Ms Devika Pillay
Academic Coordinator-Howard College, Management, University of Kwazulu-Natal