The Human Computer Interaction Academy is offered through a partnership with ABSA Bank, one of South Africa’s leading banks. As the world of ‘digital’ continues to touch and transform every business, and every interaction with every customer, the field of Human-Computer interaction touches on everything, and changes everything. HCI is an unbelievably exciting field, starting with design, UX/ UI, design thinking, product design and development, and into mixed reality, such as the metaverse including both virtual and augmented reality.
The HCI Academy offers first-rate training and hands-on experience in the industry, producing South Africa’s future human computer interaction professionals. Join us if you’re interested in a highly prestigious career in HCI, design, the metaverse, design thinking, UX/ UI, and related fields.
The Human Computer Interaction Academy professional development programme is made up of four key high-quality programmes. These programmes are:
Stipends are available for all students accepted into the programme.
MII is cognizant that while initially concerned with the design of computers, and the interaction between humans and computers, HCI has since expanded to cover almost all forms of information technology design – incorporating multidisciplinary fields of study within the growing field of human-centred informatics, such as: computer science, cognitive sciences and human-factors engineering.
Cognitive sciences include study of psychology, behavioural sciences, language, artificial intelligence, philosophy and even anthropology are all required to develop user interfaces that work for each customer segment. This requires complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, teamwork and cognitive flexibility. The interface of both the academic discipline and the design discipline are incorporated together in the MII curriculum and course development. All of this requires an understanding of hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. MII’s strength is the flexibility to pursue the integration of multi-disciplinary studies.
The Academy aims to empower a new generation of technology leaders to brazenly shape the future rather than just live in it. We recognise that innovation and creativity are the primary ingredient for every human advancement and interaction. Developing attributes beyond technical tertiary studies such as creativity, curiosity, agility and resilience are vital for the business environment and professional life to follow. This is MII’s strength, and our focus.
In this technological revolution, there is a major need to rethink the development of talent that can build seamless and enjoyable user experiences. Professionals are no longer expected to possess some technical skills, but it is an essential necessity to deeply and profoundly understand your customers and their needs, and to have the HCI savvy, where every interaction anywhere and everywhere brings nothing but delight and joy to customers, is a huge growing field.
The Human Computer Interface Academy offers registered and accredited courses, focused on helping students develop the most sought-after, in-demand skills in HCI for the present and future modern job market.
HCI professionals are in high demand across the world and Maharishi HCI Academy is proud to offer world-class certifications that will ensure employment in the most in-demand targeted jobs in South Africa. Offered in partnership with ABSA Bank, the programme is aimed at developing each student holistically by balancing the technical, social and emotional skills required to ensure they are both professionally competent and personally prepared to succeed.
“…it no longer makes sense to regard HCI as a specialty of computer science; HCI has grown to be broader, larger and much more diverse than computer science itself. HCI expanded from its initial focus on individual and generic user behavior to include social and organizational computing, accessibility for the elderly, the cognitively and physically impaired, and for all people, and for the widest possible spectrum of human experiences and activities. It expanded from desktop office applications to include games, learning and education, commerce, health and medical applications, emergency planning and response, and systems to support collaboration and community. It expanded from early graphical user interfaces to include myriad interaction techniques and devices, multi-modal interactions, tool support for model-based user interface specification, and a host of emerging ubiquitous, handheld and context-aware interactions.”
— John M. Carroll, author and a founder of the field of human-computer interaction.