Students of Perth’s Central Institute of Technology to learn from world leaders with unique business school partnership

19 Nov 2014

Central Institute of Technology (CIT) has entered into a partnership with education organisation Ducere to provide its business school students with diploma courses, with a twist.

The new partnership will provide CIT students with the unique opportunity to study under the influence of some of the world’s most successful businesspeople, world leaders, scientists, scholars and humanitarians via the Ducere Global Leaders Faculty.

Former Prime Minister John Howard, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, self-made billionaire Lindsay Fox, world-renowned illusionist David Copperfield, Former President of Botswana Ketumile Masire, SEEK Founder Andrew Bassat, Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman and US cable TV visionary Kay Koplovitz are just some of the globally renowned faculty members involved with Ducere.

Ducere founder & CEO Mat Jacobson highlights Ducere’s unique approach to bridging the gap between academic learning and real world experience.

“With more weight being given to real-world educational experiences over purely classroom-based learning, students are given information and knowledge that can be applied directly to real life business scenarios, increasing employment options and giving more weight to their qualification.

“The Ducere education model allows students to learn from successful and inspirational world leaders, giving them an edge in the job hunt, expanding on their existing skillset and offering them real life examples to apply in their careers,” Jacobson said.

“Our courses offer students unprecedented access to some of the world’s most influential leaders. Imagine how valuable it would be for a CIT business student to learn negotiation skills from billionaire Lindsay Fox, it is truly a unique and empowering learning environment.”

This is an outlook shared by Managing Director of CIT Neil Fernandes: “We’re thrilled to offer our students access to Ducere’s Global Leaders Faculty, as the experience of learning from such an incredible group of people is a real game-changing opportunity.”

Moreover, Mr Fernandes, noted the competitive edge such a course will give CIT: “The partnership offers a valuable point of difference to the content and study method of existing business courses. For new CIT students studying business or management, their qualification will now also come with a wealth of experience that they can’t learn anywhere else.”

For Ducere, this latest partnership with CIT is also an exciting next step for the organisation to expand its tertiary course offering to Western Australia.

Ducere currently runs courses in leadership, management and social innovation taught through a ‘blended learning’ model in which real-life case studies are incorporated into the course curriculum.

In practical terms, students are taught specialist knowledge from proven leaders and industry experts through more than 100 interviews with their Global Faculty members. Faculty members present case studies on their areas of expertise; providing students with invaluable insight into the world of business and social change.

CIT and Ducere’s new partnership places Central among a leading group of both local and international education providers, including Holmesglen, TAFE NSW, the University of Mauritius and the University of Canberra, all of which have students benefitting from Ducere’s unique course design.

Distinctively, the benefit of Ducere is two-fold. Ducere is a social enterprise with the Ducere organisation running parallel to the organisation’s charitable arm, the Ducere Foundation. Therefore, the course fees acquired by Ducere courses contribute directly to providing education and peace programs in Africa.

Ducere business and management courses at CIT will be offered from first semester 2015.