Listed higher education firm Stadio to build huge campus, wants 100 000 students

Our intent is to offer a product range similar to that of the country’s top universities.

Dr Chris van der Merwe, Stadio

JSE-listed higher education holding company Stadio will develop a large new campus in Durbanville near Cape Town on a 7.8 hectare site it has just acquired.

It is the company’s first large Greenfield investment.

Construction will start in March 2019.

The aim is to have the campus operating by February 2021.

On listing in October last year, Stadio had about 13 000 students.

The company is aiming for 30 000 students by the end of 2018, and 56 000 by 2026.

Ultimately, the aim is to create a “multiversity” for 100 000 students.

Every student that qualifies for tertiary education… should be allowed to become what he or she can and wants to become. Therefore, we are determined to engineer a mechanism for distance learning that will not only be effective, but also affordable.

Dr Chris van der Merwe, Stadio

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Stadio CEO Dr Chris van der Merwe.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

We’ve learned a lot from constructing Curro schools…

Dr Chris van der Merwe, Stadio

We’re undoubtedly going for a footprint in all the provinces.

Dr Chris van der Merwe, Stadio

Our parents must understand… our degrees are accredited… it’s the same assessment standards that apply in the public sphere.

Dr Chris van der Merwe, Stadio

A huge market for us…

Dr Chris van der Merwe, Stadio

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