The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) has accredited the University of Venda (UNIVEN) to offer Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, NQF Level 8, 120 credits on a contact mode. The University will start to offer this Postgraduate Diploma in the 2024 academic year. In the meantime, the University will work on getting the programme accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) so that those who successfully complete it will automatically qualify to sit for SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination.

 

UNIVEN Main Gate

This accreditation came at the right time when UNIVEN is celebrating its 40 years of existence. The accreditation further responds to the University’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan which strives to create an enabling environment for positioning the University to make impact both locally and globally, and to strengthen UNIVEN to become an efficient and effective institution of higher learning.

 

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni was happy to receive the good news. He indicated that, with the University students being at the centre of the 2021-2025 strategic plan, the University recognises that student success remains to be the University’s performance yardstick. Dr Nthambeleni said the fact that UNIVEN is largely an undergraduate higher education institution with approximately 88% of student headcount enrolment in undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree programmes, compels UNIVEN staff members to ensure that the University’s teaching and learning are of exceptionally high quality. “There is a need for UNIVEN to increase postgraduate qualifications offering. Our graduates who wish to continue with their studies should not struggle or even go far after completing their undergraduate qualifications. UNIVEN exists to serve them.”

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The Executive Dean, Faculty of Management, Commerce and Law, Prof Modimowabarwa Kanyane

The Executive Dean, Faculty of Management, Commerce and Law, Prof Modimowabarwa Kanyane, confirms that ‘this achievement is demonstrable hard work of academic staff in the Department of Accountancy and a ‘watershed’ breakthrough for students who want to study a postgraduate diploma in Accounting at UNIVEN as a university of the first choice’.

The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) is responsible for the accreditation of higher education programmes by virtue of the provisions of the Higher Education Act, 101 of 1997 (as amended), and the National Qualifications Framework Act, 67 of 2008