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Pearson Q1 2016

Moving into the future
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Welcome to Pearson, South Africa’s first ever internal magazine written especially for you. We thought we’d end off 2015 with an overview of the different developments in each key business area as well as a peek into the various business units’ plans to attain their objectives for the year to come.
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Within the pages of this publication, Pearson South Africa CEO Riaan Jonck talks about the group successes of 2015 and the great strides that Pearson South Africa intends to make in 2016. As the way that people consume information evolves, Pearson keeps pace by constantly updating the way that we deliver knowledge to learners. Our striving to remain at the forefront of trends assures Pearson’s position as a leading education provider in South Africa, and indeed the world.

We take a look at the trends and insights that Pearson is seeing on the frontline of Learning Services, and how these are being implemented in learning materials as well as within the company itself.

The article about Human Resources at Pearson South Africa outlines the changes that the company has undergone over the past year and how the restructuring is for the ultimate good of the business.

There’s also discussion around the #feesmustfall campaign and the impact that it had on the MGI and CTI campuses. The campaign resulted in a rethink about how fees would be structured for 2016, and this article explains the thinking behind this.

We move on to take a look at the policy space that Pearson South Africa operated in during 2015, and the role that Corporate Affairs played in addressing the key issues that arose. There’s also discussion around the impact that these had on our customers and partners, and how this was managed.

The past year was a difficult one financially for Pearson South Africa, but the Finance and Operations business unit implemented cost streamlining measures that bode well for the company in 2016.

Technology is core to everything that Pearson does, and the Technology business saw 2015 as a watershed year, with great things to come in 2016 that will enable even better delivery of content to learners.

All of the above hinge off Sales, and the past year has seen increasing focus on customer satisfaction, key to which is ongoing interaction with customers to establish exactly what they want and need. Our success over the past year is testimony to the success of this strategy, which is expected to stand Sales in good stead into 2016.

We’ve also dedicated six pages to Seen on the scene, a social section. This is largely a visual feature with photographic and brief editorial coverage of key Pearson events, showing our colleagues at their best and having fun. Also featuring colleagues is In the spotlight, which profiles several Pearson South Africa employees and tells readers a little bit more about them and their lives.

We hope that you enjoy reading about our company.

Ursula Ndhlovu
Editor


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Changing education dynamics
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