The Independent Institute of Education

What is the IIE?

The IIE is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education provider and is part of ADvTECH Ltd, a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The IIE is responsible for the academic governance and quality assurance of all programmes delivered through each campus of all its educational brands, including Varsity College and, by extension, The Business School. Every Varsity College campus is an IIE campus.

Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director and Head of The IIE says, “The IIE is the most accredited Private Higher Education institution in South Africa, which is testament to our commitment to quality and rigour.”

The IIE is responsible for the assessment and certification of the part-time students of The Business School. It develops curricula and oversees content delivery while guaranteeing that the correct teaching and learning practices are observed and implemented. These practices are established by The Senate, the primary decision-making body that determines the policies and regulations that govern all academic matters. The Senate is chaired by the Director, who also serves as head of The IIE. The Director is assisted by the Registrar, the Secretary of The Senate. The remaining seats on The Senate are occupied, in most part, by academics, including representatives from The IIE’s Varsity College and The Business School.

The Senate comprises a number of committees that manage the overseeing of standards, teaching, learning, curricula and assessment for over 90 accredited Higher Education qualifications. The IIE’s Business School is represented on each of these committees. The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC). Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. For more information please visit


The ethics hotline is a platform where you can report any activity which you have reasonable suspicion could undermine the safety of the teaching and learning environment or the integrity and reputation of our qualifications. This could then include cheating in assessments or assessment leaks, pressure from anyone to carry out any activity in exchange for a favour including but not limited to succeeding in an assessment or module; sale or trading of illegal substances; intimidation; harassment, dishonesty, theft or fraud.

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What students past and current are saying.

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"I've completed 2 courses with The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town. My experience with this institution has been overwhelming. The staff and lectures are very helpful and excellent in the roles they play. Their schedules and time frames for each of the courses I've finished thus far have been 100% correct."

Stanley Roman

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"The course was so practical, I feel like I have the ability to go out and manage a project. It's not all theory that I have no clue how to apply. It was a privilege to learn from Bobby Keller at The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Pretoria. He has a lifetime of experience to share."

Lida van Eden

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"The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town gave me a chance to experience tertiary education the way it should be. I am able to go into the working world with some of their academic teachings and life advice."

Thabiseng Chiwashira

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