Should i study a post-graduate degree?
It is the middle of the year, and you’re well into the swing of things at university. BUT, in between your trips to and from class, eating a slap-chip kota and puffing the odd cigarette, you’ve thought of your future after earning your degree. Those finishing their degrees this year may find the prospect daunting, and unfortunately it IS daunting.
An Adcorp study in 2012 suggested that 600 000 South African students with completed undergraduate degrees are also eating slap-chip kotas, but from the comfort of their couches at home, without work and relying on family for support. It makes me wonder about those statistics in 2015, because South Africa’s overall unemployment rate has risen to a sky-high 26.4 percent. Many undergrad students have given up finding work in their studied field, and are now looking at entering the workforce into unskilled professions such as waiting and bartending. It was believed that this condition was limited to only those students with BA degrees, but the same study points out that there are many jobless students with engineering and accounting degrees.
Why Are Studies In Humanities Called Arts?
I don’t think I am the only one that has been completely perplexed by use of the term ‘Arts’ to describe studies within the field of ‘Humanities’. Many of us have studied subjects within the humanitarian field that are anything but art. We have painstakingly pored over scrolls of quantitative data for hours before constructing applicable hypotheses or suitable conclusions. So our question is why on earth did our degrees read ‘Baccalaureus Artium’? What is so artistic about our studies on the ‘Modern Advances in Multimedia Communication’ or our future studies in ‘The Increases of Eco-Tourism in Limpopo’?
The answer is actually pretty straight forward. Humanities and Social Sciences are often referred to as ‘Arts’ because they are essentially softer forms of science. Now I don’t mean to alienate you, the Humanities student, but this classification is spot-on. Where natural science can be entirely measured with empirical data, the humanities do require at least some bias speculation in order to come to conclusion.
Rhodes University community engagement Grahamstown
On the 4th to the 6th of May 2015, Rhodes University hosted a Community Engaged Learning Symposium in Grahamstown. Four individuals from respective faculties were nominated to attend the Symposium. The over-arching aims and objective of the Symposium was the creation of a platform for debate, dialogue and networking on the issue of Community Engagement and Community Engaged Scholarship (CES). Presentations of their kinds, provided a very laudable and insightful perspective around varying definitions of and what constitutes Community Engagement or Community Engagement Scholarship.
Tertiary Education in the New South Africa
South Africa has come a long way since building its first university. The University of Cape Town was established in 1829 and was considered a landmark that truly defined colonial education. When the University of Stellenbosch was constructed some 40 years later, nothing much had changed. The British Empire was still in control, and access to tertiary education was still limited to the wealthiest in society.
VUT hosts Public Lecture to Celebrate Africa Day
The Africa Day celebrations helps to highlight the importance of unity and social cohesion amongst people who are living on the African Continent. It offers an opportunity for introspection by recommitting ourselves to develop a better Africa so all can live in peace and harmony. The celebrations also helps to reiterate government’s stance in saying no on xenophobia. As Africans, we are one and should treat each other with the highest respect and dignity.