Because HR professionals know exactly what employers are looking for in graduates.
Monash South Africa (MSA) has re-signed as a partner for the HR Indaba, which will be taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 16 and 17 October 2019. Founded in 2001, Monash South Africa is a private university and is part of a larger global network of Laureate Universities in which over a million students in 75 institutions across 25 countries participate. As a private higher education institution, Monash is excluded from various government benefits afforded to public universities. While this places the institution at a competitive disadvantage, MSA professor HB Klopper says it is also what makes it necessary to be more strategic and innovative about their business model. Focused on innovative problem-solving and facilitating effective learning, MSA tries to quickly respond to what the market needs, whether that be through thought leadership seminars, academic and applied research or the specific qualifications that they offer.
"What we do differently in terms of our actual programmes and courses is that we get industry involved from the onset to address current challenges,” says HB. “As such our curricula, assessments and discussions are based on adding value by solving real problems. That is because innovative problem solving, and the creation and transfer of knowledge using a single blended teaching model are key skills that are needed especially when one takes into consideration the future world of work and the impact that technology is having on every industry and profession."
MSA re-signed for the HR Indaba because the event is aligned with their strategy and committment to delivering relevant programmes and courses. HB says it is imperative that the institution remains visible at industry and professional events such as these because they have to actively be out there in the market demonstrating what they offer on their campus.
“The HR Indaba appeals to us particularly because it will allow engagement with the people that have first-hand knowledge of the skills and knowledge that graduates in South Africa must have. It's also an opportunity to get a better understanding of what the market needs are because the HR practitioners are the ones who know exactly what the skills challenges are and what higher education institutions like ourselves could be doing better and should assist with,” he says.
As a partner, MSA will have an exhibition stand at the HR Indaba, which is the largest of its kind in South Africa. It will give HR professionals an opportunity to learn everything they need to know about the latest HR technology, HR strategy, company culture, labour laws, recruitment, employee engagement and HR leadership. It will also bring together thousands of colleagues, suppliers, platforms, universities, specialists, recruitment agencies, CHROs and thought leaders.