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We were founded in 2001, as a campus of Monash University, Australia. On our campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg, our student population increased steadily over the years and we have advanced to become the largest private higher education precinct in South Africa.

Laureate International Universities became our majority shareholder in 2013, a period that shaped our local identity through the introduction of more than 15 new MSA programmes, whilst establishing MSA as truly African brand, rooted in Africa.

MSA became a world class higher education institution, with a legacy of academic quality and student outcomes and allowing its students to shape their studies, shape their career and shape their future.

In April 2019, ADvTECH acquired MSA from Monash and Laureate. Our name changed to IIE MSA, and became a leading brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). The IIE is the higher education subsidiary of ADvTECH, and the most accredited (British Accreditation Council) private higher education provider in South Africa.

You willll find us in Ruimsig, in the province of Gauteng, 25 kilometres northwest of the Johannesburg city centre. Our attractive, secure, state-of-the-art campus is complete with student accommodation, computer labs, restaurants, high-tech lecture theatres and sports facilities, including a gym.


To positively impact lives through higher education in Africa and the world.


IIE MSA provides innovative and exceptional learning experiences to students in a way that ensures intellectual engagement and critical thinking. Our students are empowered to maximise their potential and are equipped to meet real needs to advance the development of society.


Student-centricity - We believe our students are at the heart of everything we do.

Quality - We create a relevant and conducive learning environment and ensure a quality overall student experience.

Entrepreneurial spirit - We actively encourage our students and staff to embrace creativity and innovation in order to develop their full potential.

Inspiration - We strive to inspire our students and staff and seize the opportunity to be inspired by them.

Integrity - We hold honesty and the highest ethical standards as essential components of our organisation.


  • Students deserve access to meaningful education options.
  • When our students succeed, countries prosper and societies benefit.
  • Our international model makes our students more competitive
  • Linking with the workplace throughout the education process is essential to deliver career-ready graduates.
  • We challenge the status quo of higher education through innovation to create the Next Standard.
  • Excellence and scale can be achieved hand in hand.