Accreditation and Registration
Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), registered with the Department of Higher Education & Training as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No. 2000/HE07/008.
Higher Education Programmes are offered at Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma, Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Masters level in the Faculties of Information and Communications Technology; Business, Economics and Management Sciences. The institution has a proud track record of 33 years in operation with 140 000 students having completed a range of programmes over this period.
Academic & Corporate Governance
Academic, Corporate Governance and Leadership is provided through various structures at Campus level, regionally and nationally. All Sub-Committees are delegated Board Committees.
The Curriculum, Innovation, Design and Development (CIDD) and Senate members pay particular attention to regulatory compliance, advisory and oversight of all academic activities. External academic and industry representation on these Committees ensure that the content of programmes are constantly evaluated against industry and employer requirements and benchmarked nationally and internationally.
Our improved programme offerings are diverse and designed to meet and exceed the needs of business, industry, government and society with diverse learning options within the following Faculties:
- Faculty of Business Administration and Management Sciences
- Faculty of Information Technology
Graduates from Richfield remain a key resource to address the Skills Shortages in Information Technology, Business & Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Marketing, Finance and others. Richfield graduates are ready to take on major projects requiring astute project management in the globalised economy.
Management Information Systems : Integrated Tertiary Software (ITS)
The institution uses ITS to automate and integrate its business processes and academic functions. Students can do self-registration and access their assessment results on iEnabler timeously. ITS also enables sharing common data and practices across the institution, as well as to produce and access information in a real time environment.
Richfield’s in-house journal called the Journal of Technology and Business Management provides an opportunity for Richfield staff and students to publish their research. The papers are rigorously reviewed by a peer review committee, which is composed of experienced scholars and researchers. Every year, a number of papers are published.
Moodle is an online Learning Management System (LMS) enabling educators to create dynamic courses that extend learning, anytime, anywhere. Lecturers use Moodle to provide course materials such as handouts, lecture notes, master videos and PowerPoint presentations and may use Moodle in more interactive ways, which will require more input. Activities such as discussion forums, chat rooms, quizzes and assignment drop-boxes are used.
Library and e-Library
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way libraries work. The institution has taken cognizance of the important role of technology in libraries and has enhanced the libraries to cater for advancing technology and research in all its campuses. Students have the added advantage of accessing e–Libraries irrespective of where they are, empowering them to draw from a wider range of research material globally. Products of digital resources have been purchased with the aim to create a modern, accomplished, user-friendly and simple to use electronic library. The Institution has partnered with some of the world’s greatest academic digital publishers such as EBSCO, Elsevier ScienceDirect, Emerald Group Publishing, Springer Nature and PressReader to provide free access to a range of e-newspapers, e-magazines, e-books, e-cases and e-journals to its students.The campus library consists not only of prescribed textbooks but also textbooks of many categories.
The Annual Academic Library Conference is held virtually. The conference is held to create an opportunity for academic book publishers, academics and librarians to engage on significant issues in support of quality library, information services & librarianship nationally.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
The quality promotion and capacity development activities of the Institution have been included in the conducting of workshops and training sessions, to align WIL to the CHE’s Good Practice Guide. Due consideration is given to the educational purpose and the role of work-integrated learning in teaching and learning ensuring that students graduating from their programmes are prepared for the world, in which they will live and work. Work-integrated learning is incorporated into all programme offerings and requires appropriate workplace assessment for all students before the awarding of qualifications.
Work integrated learning is undertaken in the final year of study. The time allocated for WIL is in line with the notional hours for the module. Students are provided with log books that outlines the purpose, rationale, roles and responsibility of the stake holders involved. These log books are developed in line with the programme exit outcomes which are aligned to SAQA Level Descriptors.
Work Readiness Programme (WRP)
The Work Readiness Programme is not included in the curriculum of the qualification but is a pre-requisite to the Work Integrated Learning Programme. The WRP programme has the following components:
- Academic Literacy Skills
- Financial and Numeracy Skills
- Social and Emotional Skills
- Self-Management Skills
- Work Readiness Skills
Community Engagement (CE)
Community Engagement is one of three core responsibilities of Higher Education, alongside research and teaching and learning. As an Institution of Higher Learning Richfield is perfectly positioned to use its skill and knowledge base as well as facilities and infrastructure to empower and assist communities.
The Institution sees Community Engagement as a key priority and is responsive to the educational, cultural, economic, industrial, environmental and social needs of South Africa.
The focus is particularly on areas where the Institution has proven competencies that can alleviate developmental and capacity problems in identified communities.
The primary concern of our Community Engagement is to assist in making difference through the upliftment, development and supporting the communities. The Institution prides itself on not just becoming involved in projects but also implementing expertise in an innovative manner to achieve sustainable improvement in the community. The institution endeavours to integrate its CE projects with various research that would benefit the community. Numerous projects are undertaken to ensure integration of the curriculum into community projects.
Partnerships & Affiliations
In the current economic situation, it becomes mandatory for institutions to increase their networking opportunities through affiliations and partnerships.
Richfield has collaborated with various institutions. Richfield partners with several industry companies to provide industry courses to students. These include IBM, AWS Academy, CIMA, Salesforce, Oracle, and Cisco.
The courses include Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, etc. Students undertake these courses to complement their Richfield courses and gain practical experience by working on cutting edge technologies and industry use cases. After completion, students get badges and certifications which demonstrate their mastery of up-to-date skills in the field.
Quality Management and Quality Assurance
The Integrated Quality Management Framework (IQMF) of the Institution is informed by the quality assurance requirements of, amongst others, the Council of Higher Education’s Higher Education Quality Committee, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The Quality Management and Quality Assurance System ensures that minimum standards are maintained, there is common quality across all sites of delivery, and quality improvements and enhancements are continuously made at programme and institutional level. Academic rules and regulations provide assurance that a certain level of quality is adhered to and that universally-recognised standards of excellence are maintained as required by the quality assurers (CHE) and regulators SAQA and DHET.