The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) was established in 1997 as a department in the South African Medical Association (SAMA). In 2000, FPD was registered as a separate legal entity (Registration Number: 2000/002641/07). The South African Medical Association, a non-profit company, has a 90% shareholding, while the remainder of the shares are employee-owned.
The vision of the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) is to build a better society through education and capacity development.
FPD’s mission is to catalyse social change through developing people, strengthening systems and providing innovative solutions.
All of FPD’s activities are based on, and flow from, the following core values that were developed by FPD staff through a consultative process. All of FPD’s activities are dedicated to serving the best interest of society. FPD’s focus is underpinned by a strong sense of social responsibility.
FPD strives to be an innovator in society by challenging the status quo and by actively identifying opportunities to effect positive change with a view of building a better society. This is achieved by aggressively embracing growth opportunities and committing ourselves to producing leadership.
FPD and its staff adhere to moral and ethical principles in all their activities. This is reflected in honest and professional conduct, personal accountability and a commitment to not abuse the resources of the organisation or its sponsors. Most of all, FPD will not compromise its institutional principles for the sake of political expedience.
FPD strives to guarantee the excellence of all its products and services. All such services are designed to meet the current needs of its clients. Underlying this commitment to quality is a continuous drive to achieve excellence and develop the systems to reward such achievements.
FPD encourages an environment where staff can voice their opinion without fear of victimisation. Constructive critique and creative debate between stakeholders and staff are encouraged.
Consideration for the rights of individuals and groups is integral to FPD as an organisation. FPD honors the personal beliefs of its clients, its staff and its service beneficiaries.
All of FPD’s activities are dedicated to serving the best interest of society. FPD’s focus is underpinned by a strong sense of social responsibility.
FPD prides itself on being one of the few private higher educational institutions that fully engages in the three scholarships of higher education, namely: teaching and learning, research and community engagement. These areas of academic scholarship provide the three focus areas of our work:
FPD provides a comprehensive curriculum of courses in management and professional skills development that are customised to the needs of students in sectors such as: management, health and education. Educational products are presented through formal qualifications, postgraduate qualifications, short courses, in-house courses and conferences. We manage and maintain a strict balance between the interrelated nature of teaching, research and community engagement and, therefore we pride ourselves on being a Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI) that fully engages in all these three areas. Whilst we are a self-funded organisation, we also engage with donors to provide students with scholarships for training in scarce skills and high priority areas.
FPD’s research priorities focus on promoting operational research and research on educational practice. FPD encourages and uses action research as a methodology for professional development and transformational practice.
FPD does not follow the narrower definition of community engagement that is solely focused on the role of students in the community. We believe that as an institution that attracts highly skilled social entrepreneurs, we are in a position to effect positive transformation in society. The work we do, in supporting NGOs, working with the public sector on health and education systems strengthening, gender-based violence and learnerships speaks to this commitment.
FPD is based on a virtual business model that places a high premium on strategic alliances with national and international organisations to increase the scope and reach of our programmes.
Foundation for Professional Development (Pty) Ltd
(Reg. No. 2000/002641/07)
FPD Property (Pty) Ltd
(Reg. No. 2005/014826/07)
Health Science Academy (Pty) Ltd
(Reg. No. 1994/006219/07)
Pioneer Solutions Studio (Pty) Ltd
(Reg. No. 2008/024971/07)
Africa Health Placement (Pty) Ltd
(Reg. No. 2011/128026/07)
Brighter Futures Tuition (Pty) Ltd
(Reg. No. 2014/235180/07)
Professional Provider Organisation Services (Pty) Ltd
(Reg No. 2015/070045/07)
Glue Plus Africa (Pty) Ltd
(Reg No. 2012/224654/07)
Maurice Kerrigan Africa (Pty)Ltd
(Reg No. 2008/025706/07)
Skills Panda (Pty)Ltd
The School of Public Health is a newly established school offering and offers short learning programmes in the various disciplines of Public Health.
The Office of the Registrar is a highly organised efficient team that provides quality, timely and courteous service to our stakeholders in academic success namely: our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the educational community. As we maintain student academic records and uphold academic policies, we strive to assist our customers in achieving their goals, thus making us an asset to those we serve.
FPD endorses the principles of non-racialism, non-sexism and non-discrimination. It believes that education should be accessible, affordable and relevant to the country or centre in which it occurs. FPD students are expected to treat fellow students, faculty and administrative staff with dignity and respect. As FPD offers quality educational products, it believes that its students should act with integrity and honesty when participating in and completing programmes. By registering for any FPD programme, a student subscribes to this Code of Conduct.
For more information on FPD, please visit our website www.foundation.co.za