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McGraw-Hill Broadens Support for South African Learners Through Collaboration with University of Pretoria’s Department of Business Management

University students will have increased access to powerful digital learning tools.

Tags: Adaptive Learning & Technology, International & Professional, Press Release, Higher Education, Announcement, Connect

Pretoria, South Africa (13 March, 2019) – McGraw-Hill today announced its expanded support for university students in South Africa through a new collaboration with the University of Pretoria’s Department of Business Management, making high-quality digital learning resources available to thousands of students.

Together, the University of Pretoria’s Department of Business Management and McGraw-Hill are working to create a blend of local South African and McGraw-Hill content to be delivered through the McGraw-Hill Connect digital learning platform. The first courses collectively named ‘Advanced Business Management’ launched in January 2019, reaching 5,000 learners in its first month of use. Instructors are supported through professional development and curriculum alignment expertise provided by McGraw-Hill. 

Connect is a digital teaching and learning platform solution that provides course management and student performance analytics for educators. For students, Connect offers adaptive reading experiences through McGraw-Hill’s powerful Smartbook app. To learn more about Connect visit

“As a leading business management department in South Africa, we’re committed to providing students with knowledge and skills to establish work readiness and entrepreneurially-orientated ability, and our collaboration with McGraw-Hill Education helps us to do just that,” said Prof Alex Antonites, Head of the Department of Business management. “Our co-creation of these learning materials creates a best practice in developing and implementing learning and teaching technology that will enhance learning within the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our entire offering will reach approximately 10,000 students by 2021.”

“We’re proud to be expanding our presence in South Africa, providing resources to students that will prepare them for future careers,” said Murray St. Leger, Managing Director of McGraw-Hill’s business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “As a leading presence in education institutions worldwide, we welcome the opportunity to leverage our instructional expertise and technology, while also providing students and educators with direct access to our content, educational services and customized learning solutions. In particular, through this collaboration with University of Pretoria, we were excited to work with the university to co-create regionally-tailored content and pair this up with our award-winning platform Connect, designed to improve learning outcomes for all.”  


About the University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria (UP) is a multi-campus, public South African university with its main campus in Hatfield, Pretoria. The University was founded in 1908, as the Pretoria branch of the Transvaal University College. The College became a fully-fledged university in 1930. UP has nine faculties on seven campuses and hosts the only Faculty of Veterinary Science in the country. In the 110 years of its existence the University has produced 267,000 alumni.

UP has approximately 53,000 students, 1,357 study programmes, 120 academic departments and 93 centres, institutes and bureaus. The 2018 QS rankings placed UP in the 501-550 range, putting it in the top 1.9 percent of universities worldwide. UP ranks in the top 1 percent internationally in six fields namely Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Environmental Sciences/Ecology, Plant and Animal Sciences and Social Sciences.

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