UJ introduces Alumni Connect platform for graduates
The UJ Alumni Connect system, an online platform, matches our graduates to a willing mentor who, through support, counsel, guidance, reinforcement and constructive engagement can help our graduates succeed in their career and meet their goals,” says Prof Burger. Not only does the UJ Alumni Connect platform make provision for mentoring, but it also allows graduates to re-connect with classmates (locally and abroad), receive news and event updates as well as ongoing educational opportunities and employment offerings. The platform is fully integrated with social and professional networks, but also permits graduates to expand their networks and to cultivate a culture of giving back to their alma mater in the form of mentoring assistance. “UJ is committed to new techno- logies that promote accessibility and interaction as a further step in preparing our graduates to be
future leaders. We are pleased to offer this service to our alumni and to open the door for relationship building,” says Prof Burger. The Alumni Connect system follows the launch of UJ’s Digital Certification and Online Qualification Verification system that was introduced to increase security features relating to the certification process, to curb counterfeiting of certificates and allow for third parties to verify their qualification online, at no cost. Google Play Store Link: https:// play.google.com/store/apps/ details?id=com.graduway.ujalumni For Apple users, download the “Graduway Community” app, once inside, select University of Johannesburg as your institution. Apple Store Link: https://apps. apple.com/us/app/graduway- community/id1457549791
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) recently introduced a high-tech, online platform to drive engagement among its alumni, thereby enabling gra- duates to leverage on the power of mentoring services that the University provides. The technological advances that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) brings about necessitated such a platform in line with the University’s strategic objective to shape graduates fully equipped to join the world of work as global citizens. 4IR is changing more than just the production processes of companies and their business models – it is changing the world of work and how people interact and live. Prof Kinta Burger, UJ Registrar, says there are multiple barriers keeping many of the country’s young people locked out of the labour market and opportunities. “Mentoring is a vital aspect of career and workforce development.
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