November 28, 2016


GLOBAL COUNCIL FOR CORPORATE UNIVERSITIES – A first for South Africa and for Africa

BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Ishmael Dikani, Philippe Devaux, Papa Leshabane, Colleen Passano, Joe Gumede, Jackie Leyds in front of Joe and Trevor Mathenjwa FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Lindsay Watson, Annick Renaud-Coulon, Gavin Watson, Thandi Makoko and Dr. Louis Scholtz
BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Ishmael Dikani, Philippe Devaux, Papa Leshabane, Colleen Passano, Joe Gumede, Jackie Leyds in front of Joe and Trevor Mathenjwa
FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Lindsay Watson, Annick Renaud-Coulon, Gavin Watson, Thandi Makoko and Dr. Louis Scholtz


Why the Watson Corporate Academy opted to go for the Global Council

The GlobalCCU Certification has been designed by Annick Renaud-Coulon, world-renowned expert on Corporate Universities, Chairman of GlobalCCU, the Global Council of Corporate Universities, with almost 20 years’ experience entirely dedicated to researching, analyzing, writing, advising, rewarding and visiting these educational structures around the world.

The professionalism and seriousness of the process resides in the hands of real experts in Corporate Universities experienced in different activity sectors, in different regions of the world, and applying the same framework. The GlobalCCU is by a high-level pool of Auditors accredited by the GlobalCCU itself. They have signed a code of conduct requiring them to conscientiously respect confidentiality, secrecy, impartiality, loyalty, respect of people and clients.

Three certifications are interlinked and must be undertaken in ascending order: The Corporate University Compliance Certification, the Corporate University Performance Certification and the Corporate University Excellence Certification.

As part of her pursuit of ongoing research of Corporate Universities on a global scale, at the end of February 2016 Annick Renaud-Coulon visited the Watson Corporate Academy, African Global, in South Africa to facilitate the kick-off meeting towards the Compliance Certification Process and to meet with the Executive leadership team of the Group. She also discovered how their immense educational effort impacts the local community in a remarkable way.

The Compliance Certificate Audit started in May 2016 and in June, the African Global were successfully accredited with the Global Council for Corporate Universities Compliance Certification.  The Watson Academy, is recognized as being compliant with the GlobalCCU vision, values, guidelines and international standards.

Annick Renaud-Coulon, the chairman of GlobalCCU, announced the successful completion of the GlobalCCU CU Compliance level accreditation at a Board gathering. Present was African Global CEO and founder of Watson Corporate Academy, Gavin Watson, the Executive Board Members as well as the African Global Project Team, headed by Dr Louis Scholtz, director of Watson Corporate Academy and Jackie Leyds, Executive Chairperson of the Watson Corporate Academy. The rest of the team members were Yvonne Spandiel, Karin Bekker, Lynn Yazbek and Busi Ntimbani.

This accreditation is the first for South Africa and a first for Africa.

According to Mr. Gavin Watson, the African Global and the Watson Corporate Academy acknowledges the prestige and honour of participating in the GlobalCCU Compliance Certificate Process.

“We are the proud owners of a well-deserved GlobalCCU Compliance Certificate.  It is a privilege to be successfully accredited with the GlobalCCU CU Certification as a result of our alignment to and compliance with its vision, values, guidelines and international standards. We accept our responsibility to address the transforming needs of the learning and development landscape, both locally and internationally. For us it is a journey which embraces all aspects of thinking and leading while making a difference to the lives of others. We need to gear ourselves up to become leading thinkers and pioneers as we navigate future challenges.

The Watson Corporate Academy provides a comprehensive platform for knowledge, insight, thought and action for all our employees as well as the organisation as a whole. We need to be knowledge enablers. We need to have a fearless and resilient present and future ‘fitness’ – fitness in order to adapt to a rapidly changing world.”

The GlobalCCU certification process sets a global benchmark. In its current level of maturity, it offers an unequivocal standard of excellence, reflecting reliability, consistency and meaningful engagement with all stakeholders. It drives a revolutionary approach towards learning, development and the value of teams: teams2excel, teams2achieve, teams2perform and teams2collaborate all of which express its culture.

It should also be mentioned that the GlobalCCU is actively functioning in 50 countries spread over 5 continents.  It includes Corporate Academies, Corporate Institutions, Corporate Universities from Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Togo, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Jackie Leyds, Gavin Watson, Annick Renaud-Coulon, Philippe Devaux and Dr. Louis Scholtz


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