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Quality Management Director Dr Siyanda Makaula has been appointed as a member of the National Standards and Reviews Committee (NSRC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

The NSRC is a specialist governance structure of the CHE, a committee that supports the work of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) in the area of qualification standards development and national reviews of programmes and qualifications. It reviews progress reports to confirm that quality improvement plans emanating from national reviews of qualifications have been implemented and completed by higher education institutions. It makes recommendations on the outcomes of the national review process to the HEQC. HEQC is a permanent independent committee of the CHE that has executive authority on quality assurance matters in the Higher Education sector.

Makaula who joined CPUT in June 2019, said he felt honoured to have been appointed to the role.

“I feel honoured to be invited to serve in a manner that allows me to continue to contribute to transformation and excellence of our higher education sector through quality assurance.”

Asked how his past experience has prepared him for this role, Makaula said:

“I’m a higher education leader, a quality management and assurance professional, an advocate for higher education quality through transformation, excellence and accountability. I bring a wide range of experience in development and implementation of national higher education, and institutional academic, policies and quality assurance frameworks.”

In a showcase of academic dedication, CPUT has proudly announced that two academics have been selected for the prestigious Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) 5 programme.

The Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development’s (CHED), Dr Xena Cupido, said the prestigious fellowship programme, aimed at fostering excellence in learning and teaching across South African universities, has welcomed Dr Sanet Cox and Dr Bronwyn Swartz into its ranks, marking a significant milestone for CPUT.

Swartz feels “very grateful to be supported” and said she heard about TAU from a previous colleague, who told her that “it was an incredibly supportive programme for academics aspiring to improve their Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoLT) capabilities”.

“I am hoping that I will be able to make an impact. The structure of the TAU includes doing two projects. I have just started three projects, two of which I will take advantage of being part of TAU to make progress or complete. I am very excited about this.”

Cox is “excited” about the nomination and acceptance into the programme and has been “overwhelmed by the kind responses that I have received from colleagues”. “I feel very honoured to be a part of this prestigious programme and look forward to participation, and to learning from experts.”

She continued: “Not only is it the next logical step in my academic career, but it also provides me with the opportunity of becoming a change agent in my working environment. I have been involved in lecturing and student support activities for many years and I am eager to engage in research regarding student support that may bring about sustainable change in the future of my department, in our faculty, and in the education system.” As a lecturer in the Education Faculty, she is aware that primarily she teaches university students on an academic level, while on a secondary level she models teaching to pre-service teachers, who need to go into the world and apply skills that they have been taught.

Cupido said the TAU Fellowships Programme is designed to nurture a new generation of senior academics, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to act as scholars, leaders, and agents of change within their respective disciplines. “By focusing on inter-institutional collaboration and promoting social justice in education, the programme seeks to enhance the quality and impact of learning and teaching in South Africa's public universities.

Cox and Swartz’s acceptance into the TAU 5 cohort underscores CPUT's commitment to academic excellence and its role in shaping the future of higher education in the country.” The programme spans 19 months and includes a series of block week contact sessions, individual projects tailored to each participant's learning and teaching environment, collaborative group projects, and reflective reports. This comprehensive approach ensures that fellows not only contribute to their institutions but also to the broader academic community, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

Cupido added that the CPUT's participation in the TAU Fellowships Programme has been notable, with 10 TAU fellows, having completed the programme to date. “This achievement reflects the university's dedication to advancing the pedagogical skills of its faculty and its commitment to contributing positively to the higher education landscape in South Africa.

Swartz said: “I will have to do an individual project tailored to our learning and teaching environment. I will also be expected to take part in collaborative group projects and write reflective reports.”

Cox’ research interest for TAU will focus on the “impact of our support programme (FYE specific) on our students, their success, and the retention rate”. Cupido said: “The university extends its heartfelt congratulations to doctors, Cox and Swartz on this remarkable achievement.”

Three academics from the Faculty of Education recently visited Chandigarh University (CU) in India, as part of an International Faculty Exchange Programme.

They are Prof Hanlie Dippenaar (Assistant Dean: Faculty of Education), Dr Sharon Mc Auliffe (Senior lecturer: Mathematics, Mowbray campus) and Dr Rolene Liebenberg (Senior lecturer: Mathematics, Wellington campus).

The visit was by invitation of Prof Rajan Sharma, Director of International Affairs at CU and International Office of Chandigarh University.

CU prioritises international collaboration and hosts many international scholars. Through this, they expose their students to lecturers and scientists from across the world, which enhances critical thinking and dialogue. Chandigarh University received a QS World Ranking of 771-780 for 2024 and ranked number one amongst private universities in India. After only 11 years it is the youngest university to emerge amongst the top 1.7% universities of Asia.

During their visit, the CPUT delegation met lecturers from Poland, the UK and Georgia. As visiting Faculty of the Chandigarh University, the three lecturers from CPUT were involved in teaching English and Maths to pre-service student teachers. They interacted with staff, undergraduate-, postgraduate-, and Master’s students and attended meetings to discuss potential collaboration and ideas to strengthen this partnership. Excellent opportunities to co-supervise undergraduate, graduate and Doctoral (PhD.) students, participate in externally funded projects as co-principal investigators, and to write joint project proposals for international funding were identified, not only in the Faculty of Education, but also for other Faculties.

They expressed a warm word of thanks to Chandigarh University for their generous hospitality and look forward to further collaboration.

Sunday, 07 April 2024

FNB WSU defeats FNB CPUT

With one round to go in the 2024 FNB Varsity Shield competition, the teams for playoffs have now been decided.

Tuks and Madibaz have secured home semi-finals while Varsity College and WSU are also through to the last four.

During Friday’s game at the CPUT Sports Stadium in Bellville, FNB WSU consolidated their fourth position on the log after they edged FNB CPUT 23-19. The scores were tied 12-all at the half-time break.

An early first-half onslaught from the home side saw them holding most of the ball and playing most of the rugby deep inside WSU territory, resulting in Keenan Williams powering across the try line for the first score of the match.

Ntsako Mhlanga then dove across at full length from close range after being denied earlier. Keewan Titus succeeded with the conversion attempt. This handed CPUT a 12-point lead heading into the final five minutes of the opening half.

WSU levelled matters through tries from Maxwell Klaasen and Asisipho Jim with Klaasen converting one.

The opening minutes of the second half belonged to WSU’s defensive resolve which meant CPUT had to work hard to get any points. It eventually came when Ayabulela Zono dove across the try line from a ruck that formed just metres under the crossbar.

Jayson January added the extras.

A penalty and an unconverted try by Klaasen, which completed his brace, handed WSU a one-point lead as the final quarter of the match approached. He slotted another one to seal the victory with four minutes left on the clock.

SCORERS

FNB WSU 23 (12) – Tries: Maxwell Klaasen (2), Asisipho Jim. Conversion: Klaasen Penalties: Klaasen (2)
FNB CPUT 19 (12) – Tries: Keenan Williams, Ntsako Mhlanga, Ayabulela Zono. Conversions: Keewan Titus, Jayson January.
FNB Player That Rocks: Maxwell Andrews (FNB WSU)

Written by Varsity Shield

CPUT Libraries recently hosted its first Librarians’ Day for 2024.

The event served as a platform to convene all librarians within the institution, to provide continuous professional development, and to foster discussion on pertinent topics aimed at mutual learning.

The primary objective of this event was to facilitate dialogue among librarians, enabling them to exchange insights and experiences. This collaborative approach aimed to enhance their collective knowledge base and improve service delivery within the libraries.

The event featured presentations from various speakers, who shared their expertise on diverse subjects. Among the topics covered were:

Article Processing Charges - Janine Lockhart

CPUT Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence - Prof Faiq Waghid

RIALTO - Anke MaCallum

Furthermore, the event recognised the professional development efforts of eight staff members who have completed a course on Open Educational Resources (OER). Certificates were presented to acknowledge their production of OER, their commitment to continuous learning, skill enhancement and support of the institutional vision on learning and teaching. The Open Educational Resources project within CPUT Libraries is also in response to the global Open Science movement which calls for free access to educational resources at all levels of higher education.

According to CPUT Libraries, Librarians Day 2024 served as a valuable platform for knowledge exchange and professional growth within the library community. By fostering collaboration and recognising individual achievements, the event contributed to the advancement of library services and the promotion of excellence in librarianship at CPUT.

FNB CPUT will be facing FNB WSU during tomorrow afternoon’s round 6 Varsity Shield match at the CPUT Sports Stadium in Bellville.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 15h00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

At the end of round 5 CPUT was fifth on the log, with FNB WSU at fourth and FNB UP-Tuks in the number one spot.

Tickets for the game are available online only. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

Click on the link to purchase tickets https://www.howler.co.za/fnbcputvsfnbwsu

Two Sport Management Department staff members, Prof Brendon Knott and Ashley Jacobs, were recently involved in the Empowering New Voices through Education and Sports Training (ENVEST) exchange programme.

ENVEST is an initiative that focuses on using sport as a vehicle for youth development and social change. The programme encourages the upskilling and development of sport coaches, practitioners and other industry experts working with community members in their respective locations. The staff members served as coordinators, assisting the United States of America (USA) coordinators in formulating online teaching materials and developing the schedule/programme for the South African delegation’s visit to the USA.

Knott and Jacobs travelled to North Carolina, USA with ten coaches from organisations around South Africa (SA). The SA delegation spent two weeks in the USA, attending leadership workshops at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and having the opportunity to observe and run practical soccer sessions at North Carolina Football Club. The delegation also had the opportunity to tour the NCSU campus and sport facilities, attend local sporting events and rub shoulders with their American counterparts. These moments allowed the delegation to share information and experiences with their US counterparts which will ultimately benefit the community members that these coaches are working with.

The US delegation will be visiting South Africa in July 2024. “We look forward to co-hosting them with our partner organisations around South Africa,” said Knott.

For a detailed report, please see the link below.

Exchange Program Promotes Positive Youth Development Through Sports | College of Natural Resources News (ncsu.edu)