December 05, 2017

Lyceum Celebrates 100 Years in Distance Education

Lyceum, a leader in distance higher education will be celebrating 100 years of excellence in education with R100 000 in bursaries at an opulent black tie event on Tuesday, 5 December at The Pyramid Conference Centre in Johannesburg. The event will honour and commemorate the brand and its many successful alumni over the past century.

The centennial programme will feature a momentous cake-cutting ceremony, with popular South African Idols host, ProVerb as the master of ceremonies and entertainment from BET nominated and platinum selling artist, Donald. It will also include keynote addresses from Professor Lulama Makhubela, Information Scientist, Research and Knowledge Management Expert, the CEO of the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), Lumko Mtimde on the new broadband initiative, as well as addresses from successful alumni.  

A key highlight of the programme is the R100 000 in bursaries which will be awarded to four lucky alumni on the night. The competition was launched on Lyceum’s Facebook page, where alumni were given a chance to share their inspiring stories of their educational journey with Lyceum. The entrants were shortlisted and each of their stories was open to public voting on Lyceum’s Facebook page. The winners will join the prestigious celebration, where they will be awarded the whopping R100 000 in bursaries.

Nirodh Singh said, “I’m pursuing a career as an accountant. I chose to pursue a career in accountancy because I wanted to further my studies for my advancement and broaden my knowledge with financial management and taxation in this field. I decided to enrol with Lyceum because it is affordable, convenient and I have access to study material. My biggest challenge in life was not being able to secure financial assistance to further my studies, so I needed to secure a job in order to support my family. A higher education qualification with Lyceum will help me get ahead in life.”

Martha Seabela Lombango said, “I’m currently living my passion working with children as a Grade R teacher. I started teaching when I worked as a church Sunday school teacher. Lyceum College has helped me realise my passion for empowering disadvantaged children. I chose Lyceum because of its accessibility and convenience. A typical day of teaching for me involves being the best teacher and mentor to the kids I teach. I hope to study further and eventually qualify as a social worker and also help orphan children, which is close to my heart.” The bursary competition proved to be an outstanding success as the alumni are extremely excited to receive a bursary and be a part of Lyceum’s 100 year celebration.

Lyceum offers students courses from four faculties providing quality, industry-relevant education in the following faculties: Fleet & Operations, Education, Commerce & Law and Safety and Criminal Justice. It is also home to noteworthy management and staff such as General Manager for Lyceum, Bennie van Rooyen. Bennie received three medals of merit from the ITO (Institute of Traffic Officers and was responsible for the first speed humps on public roads in South Africa. Lecturer Theo Grimbeek also received a medal of merit for international achievements in traffic policing.

Charles Reeves, Group Chief Executive Officer for Educor Holdings said, “Lyceum is one of Educor’s niche brands and provides several unique programmes. We proudly pioneered traffic police training programmes in South African higher education.  The faculties house the largest number of programmes and the largest student population in this field of study in Africa. We are proud to have achieved this milestone and look forward to combining the traditional higher education values with that of a new and improved 21st-century approach.”

Over the last century, Lyceum has developed exponentially with 14 branches across Africa and aims to further grow in the near future. Through its distance learning approach, the brand has ensured that the student has the flexibility to study when and how they want and still get the attention of a traditional classroom. This is made possible through its recently launched Academic Advising Centre that provides continuous academic support to students from subject matter experts.

Bennie van Rooyen said that since inception in 1917, the brand has progressed tenfold and it can only look forward to many more years of academic success. “Lyceum, over the years, has built a successful reputation with over 800 000 students who have passed through our doors. We have had many excited alumni who wished to continue their education with the college and this is certainly a proud moment for us. I would like to wish Lyceum all the best on this momentous milestone and many more years of academic excellence.”

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