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About Developing People

Developing people

As an institution of higher education developing people is core to our mission, however we acknowledge that cost is a major barrier to quality education. FPD therefore actively strives to reduce the fi nancial burden of participants through scholarship programmes. Scholarships provided in 2018 were to the value of R9,385,016 bringing the total value of scholarships provided since 1998 to over R650,000,000.

FPD has developed an innovative model to ensure education is easily accessible. Courses are taken to where students live and work, thereby eliminating geographical barriers to education. Furthermore, our unique model of combining assessed self-study (using comprehensive study material) and facilitated contact sessions limits time away from work and therefore limits the disruption of service delivery. The FPD on-line learning platform off ers state of the art education support by video tuition.


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The FPD SHIPS Department was established in 2012 to draw from the expertise developed by FPD through the PEPFAR Fellowship Programme in successfully transitioning students from academia to the workplace.

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The School of Education strives to enhance the professional development of educators across the educational spectrum. From early childhood care and education to postgraduate studies, the FPD School of Education off ers a wide range of educational courses that incorporates technology enhanced learning and leadership. Qualifi cations and courses designed to meet the need to educate in the basic and higher education environment.

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The FPD Business School has a wide selection of management and business courses comprising of formally registered qualifications, international short courses, short learning programmes and distance education. These management courses cater for all levels of students from entry-level managers to highly-experienced executive management.

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The FPD School of Health Sciences has been the leader in training healthcare professionals for more than 20 years, and takes pride in being recognised as the pinnacle product leader and innovator in the healthcare industry. Our research has shown that 54% of all doctors have studied with FPD and continue to do so by earning some of their yearly Continuous Education Units (CEU) points a requirement by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

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The Conferences & Special Events Department provide a macro meeting and events management service with skilled and experienced staff working on state-of-the-art project management systems. They offer their clients a solid partnership on all aspects of events and conference management, guaranteeing the successful roll-out of projects.

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The FPD School for Child Forensic Studies will offer specialised short courses and qualifications to professionals working with child forensic cases, including those in the legal, medical and welfare response professions. Specifically, the school will focus on the interface between the child and the law.

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The overall aim of FPD School of Nursing is to prepare nurses to meet the dynamic health needs of the South African community through the development of clinical knowledge and practical skills of nursing students and practitioners. Through innovation, sound educational principles and evidence based practice, FPD School of Nursing aims to positively impact the health environment of South Africa. The School is committed to professionalism, caring for the needs of people, improving the healthcare quality and patient safety.

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The FPD Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness School courses are designed to prepare Healthcare Professionals to face the challenges of Occupational Health and Wellness in the workplace

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The FPD School of Information Technology, in partnership with the Foundation for Sustainable Innovation (FSI), specialises in lecturing, interactive courseware, certifications, software licencing, and educator services in the Microsoft technology space.

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The FPD Programme Evaluation Department undertakes donor funded and commercial programme evaluations. The Department has since inception conducted evaluations for public and private organizations across Southern Africa. The Department does not follow a “one size fits all” approach to evaluations, but rather offer evaluations that can be customised to its clients’ needs and expectations. The Department has well-established national and international relationships with various universities and organisations and collaborate with its partners to conduct cost effective evaluations. As the Department uses a Rand-based overhead structure, it is able to conduct evaluations at a much lower cost than many international evaluators. The Programme Evaluation Department became commercially viable during 2015.

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The School of Natural Sciences (SNS) offers programmes in a wide range of scientific fields covering the basic sciences and many of their applied derivatives. SNS offers a range of programmes that aim to support scientists to excel in an academically challenging environment. The Most of the short learning programmes are endorsed by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) for the professional development of natural scientists.

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