SHARED COMMON VALUES
We recognise that values are not just what we talk about and teach, but are core to identity formation. Cornerstone is committed to building a highly ethical and principled worldview in all our students. We promote the values of inclusivity, excellence, integrity, unity, respect and creativity to produce dynamic ethical leaders prepared to act as responsible citizens in a global society.
WHY CHOOSE CORNERSTONE INSTITUTE?
At Cornerstone Institute we source the best faculty, ensuring that the students who graduate from our institution are able to make a difference in all fields of study that we provide; including Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Business, Education, Sociology and Community Development. We seek to share a compelling story, underpinned by a philosophy of education where we convey, transfer and embed the core values of our institution.
What sets us apart from the rest is that we:
- Have a signature approach where we offer a fundamental foundational set of courses, referred to as the ‘Cornerstone Core’. These include Intercultural Communication, Economics, Leadership Studies, Worldviews, South African History and Society, and Ethics.
- Designed a ‘Four Year Solution’, where students who do not achieve a bachelor’s pass in Grade 12 will be able to access our certificate programmes across all the disciplines we offer, to bridge them into a degree programme, leading to post-graduate studies if desired.
- Create access to a university education in a caring and competent community.
- Provide a productive and stimulating environment in which learning and teaching can take place, on our campuses and through our online learning environments.
- Are committed to community development in all its various forms.
- Have an ethically grounded ethos.
- Focus on effective career preparation and pathways.
- Offer competitive fees and financial support for qualifying students.
CORNERSTONE LEARNING COMMUNITY – ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS
Cornerstone Institute is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. We attract students from all over the world and particularly target students from the African continent. We operate within the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Those who join the Cornerstone family do so because the institution offers the finest thought and practice, exceptional service, teaching excellence, affordability and ease of access. We create vibrant learning environments where students are exposed to a total learning experience, irrespective of whether they are on campus or studying online. Its diverse student population, ranging in age from 17 to 70 and originating from more than 20 countries, contribute to an eclectic atmosphere filled with fun and the opportunity to make new friends in a warm and inviting family environment.
CORNERSTONE INSTITUTE MOVING FORWARD
Cornerstone is increasing its footprint in South Africa, the rest of Africa and indeed the world. With its continued focus on service excellence, high-quality learning programmes, innovation, and responsiveness to social imperatives, it plans to take a leading role in developing our society into one that is prosperous, just and equitable – in addition to developing the technical and social skills to confront the numerous challenges we face. Cornerstone Institute is ready and invites you to join us as we Learn to Change the World together!
“A university is a place where students from different backgrounds come to acquire knowledge of different natures; a place for the communication and circulation of thought by means of personal engagement and interaction; a place in which thousands of schools of thought make contributions, and in which the intellect may safely range and speculate; and a place where inquiry is pushed forward, discoveries verified and perfected, and errors exposed by collision of mind with mind, and knowledge with knowledge.”
John Henry Newman (1852)