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Vega is a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). The IIE is South Africa's largest private higher education institution which operates across 20 campuses. The IIE is international accredited by The British Accreditation Council.
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Young creatives from IIE-Vega dominate 2022 awards season
South Africa has some of the most talented young creatives, who annually compete for a host of awards and accolades in their respective fields of expertise. This year, facing stiff competition, students from Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), positively dominated the field, consistently raking in prestigious awards and recognition for their visionary work. 24 Nov 2022 Read more

New postgrad degree for future-focused design leaders
In a changing world, new challenges call for new, creative solutions to novel problems across almost all spheres of business. This, in turn, requires new ways of thinking and a generation of leaders that have the expertise and experience to guide teams successfully. As a result, there is a substantial and growing demand for design leaders in South Africa, but very few qualifications that address the range of knowledge required for these leaders to perform optimally. 13 Sep 2022 Read more

Charting your way to the top: How to strategise your career trajectory post-pandemic
The good news from the jobs marketplace is that top companies are again starting to search for top talent after last year's hiring hiatus. But important for young professionals as well as students in fields such as brand strategy, communication and business to know right now, is that they need to be very clear about their talent trajectory and the skills companies are looking for, because the competition for plum positions is fiercer than ever, an expert says. 4 Aug 2021 Read more

IIE launches first ever brand leadership Doctorate in South Africa
The Independent Institute of Education, SA's largest and most accredited private higher education provider, has launched the first of its kind Doctor of Philosophy in Brand Leadership qualification, which will provide brand leadership professionals with the opportunity to make groundbreaking contributions to the development of the profession on the continent and globally. 30 Oct 2020 Read more

Those who do, can - Veganites of the future
As SA's leading private provider, The Independent Institute of Education's (The IIE) Vega School invests heavily in action learning, most notably during its annual Vega Brand Challenge for final-year students. We do so by roping in the country's top industry professionals along with our Vega navigators; subjecting the results of real-life briefs and business challenges to exhaustive and demanding review panels across the country. 24 Aug 2020 Read more

Comic Con Africa partners with Vega for second consecutive year
For the second year in a row, Vega (a brand of The Independent Institute of Education - The IIE), will be the official tertiary education partner for Comic Con Africa, giving students at Vega the opportunity to show off their creative talents from 21 to 24 September 2019. 18 Sep 2019 Read more

5 skills brand managers need to survive the 4th industrial revolution
There have been plenty of predictions surrounding the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and how it will impact various industries and the future of work. There's no question that the digital era has caused major disruption in many industries - from Airbnb's impact on the hospitality sector to the way Uber and Bolt changed the face of transport. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today's workforce will have changed by 2020 - and brand management is no exception. 13 Sep 2019 Read more

Postgraduate studies with the future in mind
Considering postgraduate studies? To invest time, energy, finances, perhaps putting a promising career on hold, and asking for sacrifices from your close relations - all this must surely add up to considerable reward, or why bother? Small wonder we involve our full circle, our family, friends, lecturers, industry professionals and mentors. These conversations can be invaluable - apart from the support you may get, the questions about your reasons for wanting to further yourself will challenge you. But the clarity and insights that you gain can be of great help to distinguish between productive and potentially counterproductive reasons for pursuing a specific programme. Consider two of the most compelling reasons to pursue postgraduate studies, as well as red-flagging the merits or demerits of their counter-arguments: 3 Sep 2019 Read more

Vega shines at the 2019 Loeries with two golds
Twelve students from Vega (a brand of The Independent Institute of Education - The IIE) received top honours at this year's Loeries Awards, bagging two golds, two silvers and one bronze Loerie award for their work. 30 Aug 2019 Read more

Vega Johannesburg and Mandela University students win Facebook Challenge Student Awards at Loeries
Vega Johannesburg students - Vini Xavier, Tshego Kwele and Cara Brauckman - have won the gold award in the Facebook Challenge for 2019, an official Loeries Award in the Student category; with Mandela University students - Sibuyiselwe Nhlangwini, Thembelihle Buthelezi, and Mseki Ludwe Mkinase - clinched the bronze runner-up award. 26 Aug 2019 Read more

All-female student group from Vega to present at Microsoft Design Expo
Five female students from Vega (a brand of The Independent Institute of Education - The IIE) have been chosen to present their ideas at this year's Microsoft Design Expo, taking place at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington USA. 13 Aug 2019 Read more

SA students are facing a mental health crisis
From dealing with the stress of exams to coping with the anxiety of building a successful future, students tend to have a lot on their plates. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), one in four university students are likely to be diagnosed with depression, and 20% of students admit to having had suicidal thoughts at some point in their tertiary studies. 10 Jul 2019 Read more

Students get Neon Runner game published on Google Play
Four second-year students from Vega (a brand of the Independent Institute of Education - The IIE) are well on their way to pursuing lucrative careers in the gaming world, after having their game, Neon Runner, successfully published on the Google Play store. 6 Jun 2019 Read more

Why entrepreneurs are the key to unlocking SA's growth potential
It's no secret that South Africa has faced difficult financial times in the past few years. With an overall unemployment rate of 27.2% and over half of all eligible youth struggling to find work, there is certainly cause for alarm and a need for sustainable solutions. 15 May 2019 Read more

BizBrand Jam experience gives scholars new insight into 4IR careers
Grade 11 and 12 learners seeking inspiration for tertiary studies that will equip them for careers of the future and gain first-hand insights into the Business and Brand programmes at Vega School's BizBrand Jam. This experiential day of engaging activities will be hosted by Vega (a brand of The Independent Institute of Education - The IIE) at its Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban campuses on 11 May 2019. 9 May 2019 Read more

Four lucrative career options for anyone considering a job in gaming
The global gaming industry is worth over $138 billion, making it one of the most lucrative commercial markets in the world. With global revenues increasing year-on-year, young gamers and students interested in a career in gaming are increasingly looking at how they can turn their passion into a career allowing them to make a living in the games industry. 19 Feb 2019 Read more

Why you need to be a shapeshifter to get ahead in your career
You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to understand the merits of being a shapeshifter - essentially, someone who can assume whatever shape is conducive to success in a work environment. Being able to adapt and take on roles that require you to wear many hats is a skill that will see you through some of the toughest modern-day career challenges that employees face, and that they will likely face in years to come. 24 Jan 2019 Read more

Shaping creative business minds for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
With smart technologies disrupting industries and changing the way we see and experience the world, the future workplace looks very different to the past. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or 'Industry 4.0', is upon us, and the graduates of 2018 and beyond need to be prepared for what this new wave of change brings. 7 Dec 2018 Read more

Vega students clean up at SA's biggest creative award ceremonies of 2018
It's been another proud year for Vega, a brand of the Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), as the school, its navigators, and students from various fields of study were recognised and awarded at the Loeries, Pendoring, Goldpack, PG Bison 1.618, #YouthTube2018 and PromaxBDA Future Awards. 7 Dec 2018 Read more

Night of 1000Drawings 2018 at the Vega Durban Campus
Sharpen your pencils, because The IIE's Vega School Durban campus, in partnership with Barrows Global, is doing it again! Last year, over 600 people booked to attend the Night of 1000Drawings, a festive evening consisting of a market with food, drinks and music provided by talented Vega students, such as Tyler Di Domenico from North & South. 10 Oct 2018 Read more

Degrees of success: Why you need to consider studying further
Getting a foot in the door of an agency, business or organisation you'd really love to work for is not always as easy as putting on your Sunday best and flashing the interviewer your brightest, most charming smile. Often, what they're looking for is actually just a tertiary qualification, which is why many young people place more emphasis on obtaining an undergraduate degree. 19 Sep 2018 Read more

Vega students walk away with eight Loeries at the 2018 awards
This past weekend saw a group of talented students from Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), take home an impressive eight Loeries and the Instagram Instahack Award at the 40th annual Loerie Awards, which took place from 17-19 August 2018 at the Durban ICC. 24 Aug 2018 Read more

Considering studying at Vega? Pop by for the next open day!
Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), will host its next open day on Saturday, 4 August 2018. 2 Aug 2018 Read more

Vega students named finalists in the 2018 Capitec Challenge
A team of four second-year students at Vega (a brand of The Independent Institute of Education - The IIE) made it to the final round of the Capitec Challenge, placing second overall and beating a host of strong senior competition from other schools across the Western Cape. 19 Jul 2018 Read more

Vega students named finalists in the 2018 Capitec Challenge
A team of four second-year students at Vega (a brand of The Independent Institute of Education - The IIE) made it to the final round of the Capitec Challenge, placing second overall and beating a host of strong senior competition from other schools across the Western Cape. 11 Jul 2018 Read more

Move over Musk: meet the 25-year-old SA tech billionaire in the making
South Africa has produced some of the most talented tech entrepreneurs in the world, from Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu Project - a popular Linux-based operating system and the first African to travel to space - to Elon Musk, world-renowned tech entrepreneur and the brains behind Tesla's electronic car model. 28 Jun 2018 Read more

Brand submissions for the 2018 Vega Brand Challenge now open
When brands encounter a challenge, they generally turn to the professionals for creative help - from strategic brand planning to multimedia design and copywriting, experience and reputation are everything. For this reason, brands tend to place their trust in the tried and tested agencies and consultancies - leaving less room for innovation. 27 Jun 2018 Read more

Vega students bag two Pencils at D&AD 2018
Four students from Vega - a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) - are reeling with excitement after receiving two D&AD Pencil awards for their respective group submissions to the competition's New Blood category. 29 May 2018 Read more

Campuses in South Africa embrace cryptocurrency
While the Bitcoin price may have decreased since the highs of 2017, the interest in learning about it and understanding the underlying blockchain technology that powers it has continued to climb. 11 Apr 2018 Read more

Short courses that will pave the way for success in the modern job market
The biggest challenge most people face when choosing a career is figuring out whether it's the right path for them, and now that you're a working professional, keeping up with technology and the industry shifts is one of the biggest challenges professionals of all ages and backgrounds face. 26 Mar 2018 Read more

As if you needed another reason (we've got 100) to study at Vega
Vega, a brand of the Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), will host a National Open Day on Saturday, 24 March 2018. 22 Mar 2018 Read more

Vega launches new media management short course in partnership with AMASA
Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), is launching a Media Management in Brand Building short course, available at its Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses from 2018 onwards. The short course has been developed by the Advertising Media Association of South Africa (AMASA), a body focused on attracting and retaining bright young individuals within the media industry. 24 Nov 2017 Read more

Future-proof your job or start a new career with an IIE postgraduate diploma at Vega
Globally, postgraduate diplomas are gaining traction in the tertiary education space as the business world seeks individuals who are versatile, multi-skilled and creative problem-solvers. Tertiary institutions are offering postgraduate diplomas to those seeking a broader skill set and multidimensional thinking. 3 Nov 2017 Read more

Vega students pay tribute to Nelson Mandela through children's hospital
The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital, which opened on 2 December 2016, is the culmination of years of effort by many people. Among them were four students of Vega School, a brand of the Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Each of the group achieved a career pinnacle even before embarking on their first jobs. 7 Apr 2017 Read more

Short courses can offer an alternative route to a quick career path
Education which balances critical thinking with practical application enables young learners to fulfill their full potential and lends itself to immediate application in the workplace. This style of education lends itself even more to the short form of education. 6 Apr 2017 Read more

Lack of space at public universities needn't spell end of degree dreams
Every year in January, the media reports extensively on the desperate situation in which thousands of matriculants find themselves – that of having qualified for entry into a degree programme, yet not being able to enrol at a public university due to lack of space. 19 Jan 2017 Read more

‘Run with it!': Vega develops future thinkers and resilient creative problem solvers
In industry, and as industry professionals will confirm, team leaders take in fresh graduates and expect them to ‘run with it'! The more independent and pro-active they are, the better the chances to stay on, and even better, excel. The ability to ‘run with it', secures a more fluid integration into the fast pace and demanding creative brand communication industry. 19 Jan 2017 Read more

South Africa needs both private and public universities
There has been a growing narrative of misinformation related to "private universities" within the context of the crisis in the public higher education sector, says Roy Douglas, CEO of ADvTECH Ltd, which owns the country's largest registered private higher education provider, The Independent Institute of Education. 14 Nov 2016 Read more

Pendoring breaks new ground with 2016 ranking
Following requests by advertising agencies and creatives for an official ranking of the 2016 Pendoring winners and finalists, the Pendoring Advertising Awards have heeded the call and decided to issue their first ever ranking based on this year's gold, silver and overall winners, as well as finalists (shortlisted) in both the professional agency and student categories. 8 Nov 2016 Read more

PromaxBDA Africa Award
Azraa Kazi and Robyn Philips (CBC2 students here in P-Town) were selected as finalists for the PromaxBDA Africa Future Award. The award is designed to recognise outstanding creative work by students. Their entry "Brave is Sexy" is a very poignant campaign for We The Brave and Lovers Plus. 6 Oct 2016 Read more

Vega students win seven Loeries at Durban Loeries® 2016
Even teams of Vega School students won Silver and Bronze Loeries during last week's Loeries® Creative Week 2016 held over 15-21 August in Durban. 25 Aug 2016 Read more

Our first international student exchange with Fontys kicks off
Three 2015 Brand Strategy graduates spent the first semester of 2016 at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries, one of the largest universities in the Netherlands. Thomas Berti, Viloshan Appasamy, both Strategic Brand Communication honours students, and Devon Solomon, a Brand Building and Management degree student, completed subjects ranging from Concepting and Business Model Innovation to Service Marketing to Futures Research and Trendwatching with distinction. 22 Aug 2016 Read more