TOPIC

The Future of Accounting Education, Learning and Professional Development – tertiary and beyond

Join this webinar to understand the changing landscape of tertiary and post-tertiary education and professional development. Also what impact this will have on the development of prospective CAs and how members and associates will need to continue to learn and develop after formally qualifying.

In order to ensure that, as a profession, we understand the need to mobilise skills development for prospective and qualified members and associates and what steps our members and associates need to take to ensure that they remain relevant and meet the demands of the employers now and in the future. Key topics include:

  • What the future holds for tertiary education, learning and professional development and how this has been impacted by Covid-19
  • Developing competence for the future world of work
  • The changing face of education: Micro credentialling and the need to provide a post-industrial era education model which offers affordable, accessible, and quality education to all
  • The role of Tertiary providers of the future: What these providers will look like and what universities will need to change in order to remain relevant

EVENT DETAILS

Date:    6 August 2020

Time:   Afternoon session – 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Venue: Live webcast

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Presenter: Robert Zwane – Senior Executive: National Projects

Robert Zwane CA(SA) is the Senior Executive: National Projects and his responsibilities are mainly driving SAICA’s Transformation and Growth strategy.

Robert was previously the Director for the Education and Transformation Department at the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditor (IRBA), where he was instrumental in a number of initiatives, including leading the implementation of the Audit Development Programme (ADP).

He spent some time at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in various positions, including being an academic trainee, a senior lecturer and a House Warden at one of UJ residences. He completed his training programme with one of the Big 4 firms.

On a global scale, Robert sat on the International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) as a technical advisor to the South Africa representative. He was also a member of the Education Committee of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB) of Zimbabwe.

Topic: What the future holds for tertiary education, learning and professional development and how this has been impacted by Covid-19

Speaker: Graeme Codrington – Futurist, TomorrowToday

Graeme’s breadth of knowledge and expertise makes him highly relevant – even essential – in today’s rapidly evolving business world. Along with his formal qualifications and research credentials, he also has a wide range of personal experience and a deep understanding of how people and businesses work. Now add his vast experience working with business leaders the world over during the past 20+ years, and you’ll understand why he is the go-to resource for leaders who are gearing up for the future. In the Covid-disrupted world, he has moved quickly to establish himself as a sought-after speaker, providing quality content and production values in his online sessions. Graeme has a fully equipped home studio, with professional lighting, multi-camera, broadcast-level audio and high-speed fibre set up to deliver state of the art remote sessions for his global client base. CEOs in over 50 countries have insisted on working with him, year in and year out. And leading business schools on three continents continue to work with him. He continues to receive requests to contribute to live events and development sessions around the world and provide ongoing resources to help his clients navigate these disruptive times.

Topic: The changing face of education: Micro credentialling and the need to provide a post-industrial era education model which offers affordable, accessible, and quality education to all

Speaker: Rob Paddock – Founder of Getsmarter

Robert is the Co-founder of GetSmarter, an online education company that has educated over 100,000 working professionals from 134 countries around the world, and partners with Universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, MIT, Oxford, LSE and Stanford. GetSmarter sold to Nasdaq-listed 2U in 2017. Rob is a founding board member of Injini, Africa’s first EdTech incubator, an Executive Director of Hubble Studios, an education technology agency in Cape Town, and an advisor to a number of online education companies in Africa and abroad. Rob is now the Founder and CEO of Valenture Institute, a global private online high school offering a curriculum recognised by the world’s leading universities. Robert is also the founding trustee of the iBhodi Trust, a bold project to create a new blueprint for delivering high-quality, affordable education to students throughout South Africa who need it most.

Topic: Developing competence for the future World of Work

Speaker: Kerryn Kohl, Co-Founder of 4th Talent

Kerryn is an organisational behaviourist and learning strategist, focusing on the interface between human behaviour and the digital organisation. Combining her knowledge of education, specifically Adult Learning theory, and Psychology allowed her to develop a strong vision for her company, 4thTalent’s strategic approach to building Learning Organisations.

As a writer and speaker, she enjoys sharing her thinking on future workforce development. She is a regular columnist for several publications including Talent Talks (SA) and Training Zone (UK), co-author of Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results (Knowledge resources), and a contributing author to Thriving in Digital Workplaces (Springer). Most recently, she has presented on The future of learning at the Gartner ReimagineHR conference in both London and Sydney.

Topic: Lessons learnt from the model implemented at the Future Nation Schools and how these lessons can be applied to the tertiary and post CA qualification areas.

Speaker: Sizwe Nxasana – Founder, Future Nation Schools

Mr. Sizwe Errol Nxasana holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA) qualifications.

He started his career at Unilever. In 1989 he established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in Kwa-Zulu Natal. In 1996 he became the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba, now called SizweNtsaluba Gobodo (SNG-Grant Thornton), which is the fifth largest audit firm in South Africa. In 1998 he joined Telkom SA as Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for its listing on the JSE and New York Stock exchanges.

Sizwe was the CEO of FirstRand Banking Group since 2005 until he retired in September 2015. Sizwe serves as Chairman on various Foundations and Trusts. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust. He is Founder and Chairman of Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) which funds and supports students who come from poor and “missing middle” backgrounds.

He is now a social entrepreneur who recently founded Future Nation Schools, which is a chain of affordable private schools in South Africa. He also founded Sifiso Learning Group, which is involved in EdTech, academic publishing and real estate.

Sizwe Nxasana has been conferred with Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Fort Hare, the Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and the Walter Sisulu University.

Topic: The role of Tertiary providers of the future: What these providers will look like and what universities will need to change in order to remain relevant

Speaker: Gareth Olivier – Founder CA Connect and Responsible for the Milpark Education PGDA online programme

Gareth actually wanted to study drama. He started studying Business Science Marketing as a compromise. And he popped out as a CA.

So, immediately after qualifying as a CA, Gareth founded CA Connect in 2010 with 3 friends.

CA Connect’s core objective is to broaden educational access to determined prospective CAs through genuine care. In doing this, CA Connect has been delivering final year CA qualifications, working with UNISA, UWC and Monash SA. In 2013, Gareth led the team that resulted in Monash being the first private SAICA-accredited CTA in South Africa. In 2018, CA Connect was acquired by Stadio Holdings Ltd and in 2019, through a subsidiary, Milpark Education, Gareth led the team that launched the only fully online SAICA-accredited CTA in SouthAfrica.

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