Our University Partners

At GetSmarter, we are committed to providing first-class education solutions to improve the lives of South African working professionals and, as such, we’ve chosen the country’s respective industry-leaders as our University Partners. Through these strong and long-standing relationships, we’ve been able to combine their expertise together with our unique learning approach and technology – to broaden access to their knowledge, and lead the South African and African online education space

The University of Cape Town

GetSmarter is extremely proud to have partnered with Africa’s leading university for the past 6 years, and together we are continuing to break ground in the online education space. Founded in 1829, the University of Cape Town is South Africa's oldest university, and has a proud tradition of academic excellence and leadership. Their forward-thinking approach to education is reflected in their mission: “to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world”; and the university’s partnership with GetSmarter is key to achieving this. GetSmarter partners with the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Commerce, Centre for Film & Media, and College of Accounting to offer a range of innovative education products: online short courses, online postgraduate diplomas, and examination online preparatory courses.

Alison meadows
ALISON MEADOWS, UCT Head of Applied Management
My experience of working with GetSmarter has probably been the most enjoyable part of my work at UCT. What GetSmarter has introduced into my work are new projects and challenges, and we now reach a far wider audience of students, which has been very exciting for me.
Lesley marx
PROF. LESLEY MARX, UCT Head of Centre for Film & Media Studies
We are proud of our association with GetSmarter, the value we have been able to create together, and the opportunity to be a part of the future of education in this country.
Mark graham
MARK GRAHAM, UCT College of Accounting
We have been so impressed with the professionalism displayed by GetSmarter, especially the way they run their blended learning platform, that we decided to extend our partnership to develop a suite of courses aimed at assisting candidates preparing for the two Chartered Accounting professional exams. These courses are branded as the ‘UCT Board Course’. We hope that our relationship with Getsmarter will continue to flourish and that together we can be a centre of excellence in professional accounting education.

University of the Witwatersrand

GetSmarter and the University of Witwatersrand School of Education (WSoE) have partnered up to offer a new online short course in the educational sphere: Strategic Implementation of ICT Integration in Education (Teaching with Technology). GetSmarter’s core purpose of Improving Lives Through Better Education is now not only brought to life by our current business portfolio of industry relevant short courses aimed to provide career advancement to working professionals, but now also by empowering the teachers of South Africa with the practical skills and expertise they need to better engage and improve the lives of the young minds they teach.

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB)

In partnering with Getsmarter, the GSB is able to extend the reach of their prestigious executive education offerings through our cutting-edge, people-driven approach to online learning, and forge a new model for the effective and accessible development of our continent’s leaders.

Home to the only full-time African MBA, ranked in the top 100 by the prestigious Financial Times, and as just one of 3 schools in Africa to be “triple-crowned” (schools that are accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB), the GSB is among the best business schools in the world.

With a focus on emerging market business, and inclusive principles within this context, the GSB aims to provide South African leaders and executives with a full spectrum of disciplines and business cultures from which to manifest future success and positively impact their local economies.

Penguin Random House

For 5 years, GetSmarter has partnered with the country’s most prominent publishing company, Penguin Random House, to present 2 popular writing courses. Penguin Random House's commitment to the development and success of the South African writing industry made them a clear choice as a partner for these courses, which are instructed by internationally acclaimed author, Mike Nicol. Penguin Random House also encourages past learners of these courses to put forward their manuscripts for publication – a significant opportunity for our top learners.

Mark seabrook
MARK SEABROOK, Penguin Random House Digital Director
Working with the various teams at GetSmarter is always a pleasure, and I am constantly impressed by the levels of skill and enthusiasm that runs across the business. They seem to breed excellence!