Two Oceans Graduate Institute became the first ever private higher education institution to present at the annual conference of the Association for Academic Administrators (AAA Conference) since its inception in 2002.
We would like to congratulate and thank two of our colleagues who recently made this piece of history possible. Yasien Ryklief (COO/Registrar) and Shahied Daniels (Senior Admissions and Registration Coordinator) traveled to East London to present at the conference that was attended by 240 delegates representing almost every public institution throughout South Africa including but limited to the University of Johannesburg, North West University, the University of Fort Hare, the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, Nelson Mandela University, the University of Limpopo, the University of Kwazulu Natal, Vaal University of Technology and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Yasien and Shahied were two of only 6 speakers chosen to present at this year’s conference.
The theme of the conference was the “Challenges that Academic Administrators at HEI’s are dealing with in VUCA times, i.e., Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity.’ Coping with the resultant stress and mental health issues”. Representing TOGI Yasien and Shahied delivered a presentation that focused on presenting “A plausible solution for the VUCA challenges post 2020” by elaborating on the asynchronistic and student centered approach followed by TOGI vs the synchronistic style adopted by many of the other institutions. The presentation was met with enthusiasm and opened an array of networking opportunities for TOGI as well as invitations to be part of future planned open days.
TOGI is now also a member of the Association for Academic Administrators.