Our wildlife college students learn in the classroom, in the field and online. This blended approach differs depending on the course of study. The online learning components are fully supported by our academic team and prepare students for their intensive time in the field, practically applying what they have learnt. Given our applied learning approach most of our courses can only be taught face-to-face, in which case learners come to our campus, or our facilitators go to where the training is needed.
Spending time at our campus in the Greater Kruger National Park is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students regardless of their field of study.
For researchers, field guides, field rangers and conservation managers, the campus is perfectly located to provide practical examples and best practices, to bring the conservation theory taught in class, to life.
As part of our commitment to ‘learning by doing’, we establish a cycle of innovation and development so our curriculum is constantly evolving. This means that through our blended training programmes, we’re addressing current conservation training needs and shaping the conservation landscape of the future.
As a centre of specialisation, our approach is rooted in science, partnerships, and applied learning. Our Applied Learning Unit supports our efforts by facilitating monitoring, evaluation, research and application in all departments, enabling us to maintain our focus on real issues faced by students and practitioners in their work.
The benefits of this are that we are always
Our College has trained over 18 000 people from 56 countries across the globe, while hosting university and graduate students from around the world. We work with conservation professionals, local communities, governments, and other educational institutions from a variety of origins, both in Africa and beyond.
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Our dynamic lecturers are experienced, motivated and flexible. We also contract in expert instructors to present specific modules, ensuring that our training is as practical and current as possible and addresses real and emerging conservation needs. Instructors focus on competency-based teaching, so students improve on their existing relevant skillset and therefore increase their performance in the workplace when they return home.
Our location in the Greater Kruger National Park means our campus is one of a kind. It is perfectly situated to expose students to the issues, conditions, and environments they will face in their places of work throughout Africa and beyond. With training facilities, lecture rooms, and comfortable accommodation, students’ needs are catered for by a warm and dedicated team and an active student representative body.