STADIO Holdings Limited (“STADIO”) Embraces Digital Transformation with Unit4 as Part of Growth Plans for Private Higher Education in South Africa

State of the Art Systems Will Ensure Excellent Service and Curriculum
Management for 30,000+ Students

CAPE TOWN, South Africa & UTRECHT, Netherlands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SIS Global and Unit4, leaders in enterprise systems for higher
education, announce that STADIO, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed
company invested in private higher education institutions, has appointed
SIS Global (South Africa) to undertake a strategic transformation
project to replace legacy finance, HR, and student systems with Unit4’s
cloud, next-generation education management solutions, hosted on
Microsoft Azure.

SIS Global will deliver and support a modern technology environment and
transformation of core applications covering everything from finance and
HR, to student and campus management for over 30,000 students.

SIS Global has built a strong reputation in the African higher education
market. Together, Unit4 and SIS Global will help STADIO to differentiate
from the competition and drive best practice across its institutions to
achieve its long-term goal of serving 100,000 students. Unit4’s Business
World ERP in the Azure cloud will be used to manage back-office
processes across its portfolio of private universities, bringing them
onto a single system. Combined with Prevero CPM, STADIO will have full
visibility into departments and projects, and powerful reporting and
analytics supporting strategic initiatives with actionable data. Fully
integrated with Unit4’s market leading Student Management solution, the
software will provide a superior user experience for students and staff,
best in class curriculum management and an intuitive mobile experience.

Headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, STADIO is focused on meeting
the demand for quality and relevant higher education programs in South
Africa. STADIO is in the process of creating its Multiversity, defined
as a large, diverse institution covering a diverse range of educational
courses through specialist institutions. With six institutions today,
the Group’s offerings include undergraduate (higher certificates,
diplomas and degrees) and post-graduate programs (Honours and Masters
degrees and doctorates), aimed at providing graduates with a real chance
of creating employment opportunities (entrepreneurship) or finding
employment. Brands within the STADIO group include AFDA, Embury, LISOF,
Milpark Education, Prestige Academy and Southern Business School.

STADIO will replace its legacy finance and student management systems
across all registered institutions and will roll out the Unit4 Suite as
a standard. The transformation project will be led and implemented by
Unit4 partner, SIS Global, selected for its ERP, education industry
expertise and technology background, along with its ability to
demonstrate a clear understanding of STADIO and the South African higher
education sector’s requirements.

“Quality, student-centeredness and innovation are our commitment at all
institutions in the STADIO Group,” said STADIO CEO, Dr Chris van der
Merwe. “We are focused on doing all things reasonable to enable our
students to succeed. Unit4 has proven it can help us deliver this
success. Unit4 will support our objective to track students’ learning
progress and provide appropriate interventions (learning development
facilitators, tutors, online academic support, credit re-try) where
needed to promote positive outcomes. Most importantly, this single
end-to-end system will allow us to monitor business success and drive
efficiencies, innovations and best practices across the Group to achieve
our long-term goal of serving 100,000 students.”

“This comes at a hugely exciting time for the Student Information
Systems market, as more Universities and Colleges seek to expand beyond
legacy solutions and embrace cloud functionality,” said Rob Hawley, CEO,
SIS Global. “We work with our customers to grow, evolve and digitally
transform their business to better meet changing markets. Our knowledge
working with many higher education institutions, combined with Unit4’s
industry leading technology, will ensure STADIO can work smarter, and
more efficiently taking a modern approach to delivering higher education
in South Africa.”

“Unit4 is proud to support STADIO as it responds to the need for change
in the sector and widens access to education for people in South
Africa,” said Austin Laird, Product Director, Higher Education at Unit4.
“Our modern integrated solution for higher education combines the latest
technology with 30 years’ experience working with education institutions
and underpins STADIO’s quality teaching and learning ethos that
prioritizes student success.”

About SIS Global

SIS Global is a strategic Unit4 Partner for Sub Saharan Africa with a
focus on providing Cloud Solutions which drive Digital Transformation.
With 27 years of local and international experience managing and
delivering advanced, complex cloud and on-premises enterprise solutions,
SIS Global helps customers improve business operations and drive profit.

SIS Global understands that each industry brings with it unique
challenges and scenarios. As such, they have formulated specialist
industry teams with a primary focus on innovation and industry
alignment. By focusing on industry processes, consulting, implementation
and support of industry specific enterprise solutions, we offer our
clients best practice aligned with global trends.

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About Unit4 in Higher Education

Unit4 is in business for people. We’ve specialised in software for
service organizations since the early 1980s. Today, we build the
smartest enterprise applications on the planet. Our technology is
central to the organizations we serve – it improves efficiency and
productivity and allows people to spend more time on meaningful work.
Using the latest AI, machine learning and digital technologies, our
customers can make more sense of business-critical data than ever
before. We provide ERP, performance management and student information
systems to over 1000 colleges and universities globally to help them
accelerate growth, boost student success, and improve institutional
effectiveness. Clients include Oxford and Cambridge Universities, HEC
Paris, University of Waterloo, American University of Paris, Manchester
Metropolitan University, Robert Morris University, Baylor College of
Medicine, Hult International, and University of Dubai.

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Global PR Manager

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