PARTNERSHIPS

SAP-University Alliance and ESEFA

SPU is a member of the SAP-University Alliance and Enterprise Systems Education for Africa (ESEFA). The partnership aims to sustainably develop skills in Sub-Saharan Africa in the area of Enterprise Resource Systems. 

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The benefits for students is that they gain industry relevant skills (theoretical & practical) that is in high demand, and also get exposure/access to advanced technologies and other exciting learning opportunities via various other SAP UA programmes. This includes remote access to Otto Von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany which hosts the SAP ERP system at SAP UCC (University Competence Centre). Benefits for faculty include aaccess to a variety of high quality and contextualized curriculum that can be used for teaching & self-development, access to a network of other academics across Sub Saharan Africa and potential for collaboration and partnership in teaching & research. The partnership is also promoting women in data science by offering sponsorship. Due to massive data that is generated by enterprise systems, these platforms offers new trajectories in data analytics. SPU has ESEFA ES Fundamentals qualified staff.

ESEFA ES Fundamentals qualified lecturers get access to the ESEFA portal –a repository for ESEFA curriculum content including case study videos, lecture slides, workshops, lecturer notes and other resources.

The benefits to the University are visibility and recognition, locally and internationally.

ESEFA Programme partner universities, Sub-Saharan Africa ES Fundamentals training for students can run ES Fundamentals short courses for students registered at any tertiary education institution; can schedule ES Fundamentals exams; facilitating opportunities for students in the SAP ecosystem through events, internships, job opportunities and bursaries; encouraging and supporting faculty in their research and teaching.

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National e-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NEPTTP)

SPU is a member of a consortium of six South African universities that are implementing the DST initiative on National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS). This involves development of human capital with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct cutting edge research in the field of e-Science in line with the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR), the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and others.

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Other participating universities are North West University (NWU), University of Limpopo (UL), University of Pretoria (UP), University of Venda (UniVen), and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Click  here for more information.

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Ilifu Cloud computing for data-intensive research

SPU is a member of a consortium of the Ilifu cloud computing project for data-intensive research. The objective of this project is to address the need for data-intensive research support in South Africa.

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It aims to enable South African researchers at the partner organisations to be global pioneers in the strategic science domains of astronomy and bioinformatics and simultaneously promote human capital development in these sectors. For more information,  following this link .

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Cisco Academy – Netacad

SPU is accredited to Cisco as a network academy. The accreditation allows use of network simulation tools for practical teaching such as Packet Tracer for free and provision of the following courses:

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  1. Networking Courses:
  • CCNA R&S: Introduction to Networks: The first course in a 4-course series designed to prepare participants for entry-level networking jobs.
  • CCNA R&S: Routing and Switching Essentials: The second course in a 4-course series designed to prepare participants for networking technician jobs.
  • CCNA R&S: Scaling Networks: The third course in a 4-course series prepares participants for networking analyst & engineering jobs.
  • CCNA R&S: Connecting Networks: The fourth course in a 4-course series prepares participants for Cisco CCNA R&S Certification.
  1. Security courses
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity: The introductory course for those who want to explore the world of cybersecurity.
  • Cybersecurity Essentials: For those planning to study for CCNA Routing & Switching or CCNA Security certifications.
  • CCNA Cybersecurity Operations: Develop the know-how to monitor, detect and respond to cybersecurity threats.
  • CCNA Security: Develop the skills needed to design and support the integrity of network devices.
  1. Internet of Things & Analytics courses
  • Introduction to IoT: Start your IoT learning journey here. No experience required.
  • IoT Fundamentals: Big Data & Analytics: Add skills in the growing field of collecting and analysing big data.
  • IoT Fundamentals: Connecting Things: Hands-on activities teach you how to securely collect data and connect sensors to cloud services.
  • IoT Fundamentals: Hackathon Playbook: After taking Connecting Things or Big Data, it’s time to create your own IoT solution.
  1. Programming courses
  • CLA: Programming Essentials in C: The course for beginners looking to learn C programming.
  • CPA: Programming Essentials in C++: Start here to learn C++. This is the first course in 2-course series.
  • PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python: Start here to learn Python, the language for IoT.
  • CLP: Advanced Programming in C: The second course in a 2-course series increasing your C programming proficiency.
  • CPP: Advanced Programming in C++: The second course in 2-course series as you learn C++.

OS & IT courses

  • IT Essentials: Learn computer fundamentals and validate skills through optional certification.
  • Get Connected: Learn basic computer skills such as social media, Internet navigation & simple networking.
  • NDG Linux courses: Beginners, intermediate, and advanced

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Memorandum of Agreement with Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDaT)

SPU entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with DEDaT for a knowledge partnership, co-operative relationships and project exchange towards mutually beneficial collaborative framework which includes but not limited to the following:

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  1. Research and Development (provincial valuations, commercialization of technology, or knowledge databases including consultancy);
  2. learning (informing academic research through engagement with, Province, industry and social sector and preparation of relevant skills);
  3. access to funding (complementing public research monies with funding from industry and competing for overseas research funds); and
  4. Infrastructure development (using industry-provided equipment, materials and data for research, analysis, reporting and learning).

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