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Helderberg College of Higher Education (HCHE) is part of the second-largest global education system operated by the Seventh-day Adventists. It consists of 118 Colleges or Universities around the world operating in 90 countries. The College established in 1893, is in operation over the last 126 years offering quality education in South Africa and SADC region. The College is situated in Somerset West, on the slopes of Helderberg mountain overlooking the beach of Atlantic Ocean and about forty minute’s drive from the city of Cape Town.

HCHE is different from many other tertiary institutions because of its educational philosophy and approach which underpins the operations, curricular and extra-curricular activities. The College has a distinct mission and a unique philosophy of education. This philosophy of education recognizes that true education has to do with the well-balanced development of a person and not just the development of mental capabilities or equipping with job-related competencies. 

The educational philosophy can be summarized as, “Adventist Education imparts more than academic knowledge. It seeks to develop the whole person- head, heart and the hand. It seeks to develop a purpose and a philosophy of life, faith in God, respect for dignity for all human beings, build character akin to that of their Creator, and to promote loving service rather than selfish ambition”. (SDA Educational Philosophy, p.1). The programs, curricula, extra-curricular activities and the ethos of the institution are underpinned by Adventist education philosophy. We aim to produce graduates who are not only knowledgeable and possess skills needed for a chosen profession but also instil in them values, ethics, and serve humanity.