Celebrating International Students’ Day

The 17th of November is International Students day, so in honour of this day, we celebrate you, our Wits DigitalCampus learners.

We have come a long way since the inauguration of International Students day on the 17th of November 1941 and the tragic events that occurred preceding and during that period. During a demonstration by students from Charles University in Prague to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, 15 students were gravely injured, and one later died of his wounds. Students were granted permission by the protectorate’s government to hold a funeral procession, but the procession attracted thousands of students and became more of a demonstration against the Nazi forces. More than 1,200 students were arrested and deported to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On 17 November 1939, nine of the protesters – eight students and one professor – were executed without trial. Of the 1,200 deported students, at least 20 did not survive their imprisonment. Universities remained closed until the end of the war, with the exception of the German University in Prague.

Two years after these tragic events, the International Students’ Council was held in London, United Kingdom, including a number of refugee students. At the Council, it was decided to introduce International Students’ Day on 17 November, the date of the executions, to commemorate this tragic event.

Despite the tragic historical background of this day, we embrace and celebrate learning and the opportunities offered to students today. The emergence of online and distance learning has been heralded by most of us as a creator of new opportunities, especially in the area of higher and continuing education. Lifelong learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability. Lifelong learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities and improve our quality of life. Our mission at Wits DigitalCampus is to help you re-imagine your personal and professional potential. Our reward? The smile on your face when you receive your certificate of competence from Wits University and you know your journey has been acknowledged with a significant milestone. The path might take its toll at times, but the rewards are immediate and ongoing.

In celebration of International Students’ day, we have taken this opportunity to celebrate our Wits DigitalCampus Alumni for embracing the opportunity to reimagine their personal and professional potential by completing a Wits DigitalCampus course. So, what do our students have to say, and how has Wits DigitalCampus impacted their lives?

The course has helped me better understand the field that I work in and changed my tunnel-vision to a broader perspective, helping me see where I, myself, fit in to the supply chain of our company. DigitalCampus has helped me further my education in my field, helping me support my reasons for a promotion, being able to show I understand the broader view of my role in the company”. Logistics and Supply Chain ManagementHannes du Toit

I searched for courses online that I thought would excel my career into a C-level mindset and position. what I got was something more, the CIO course really helped me understand the background and foreground operations that must go into running a digitally inclined enterprise.  My needs were based on learning the core requirements be becoming a CIO and this course met my needs on that. DigitalCampus has a played an important role by empowering us as students in achieving our future goals. Goals are a crucial step that gives us as students clarity and direction”. – IT Management for CIO TeamsJohan Taapopi Angula

I am about to start my master’s degree program and this DigitalCampus course has allowed me to set a foundation for that.  It has also given me an opportunity to be able to coach my team more effectively due to the knowledge gained. DigitalCampus has allowed me to believe that I am capable of studying additional courses whilst working a full-time job.” – Customer Relationship BuildingTamanda ChikumbutsoLongwe

When I make use of emails to communicate with my superiors, I now make use of the subject line and an introduction paragraph. I choose my words more carefully and try to get to the point as soon as possible. If I send out reports I also make use of graphics, I don’t over clutter my graphs and choose my colours more wisely. About two weeks ago my line manager informed me my communications skills have improved. I felt proud that he could see the difference and give me the necessary credit. Business Communication SkillsBukiwe Bongeka Theodora Jwajwa

Read more here: https://digitalcampus.co.za/testimonials/

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We celebrate you, our learners!




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