Newsletter - VUT

In what has been another busy month at the Vaal University of Technology, students have finally begun to settle down into their routines and make real strides academically. In this month’s newsletter, we would like to draw attention to a range of themes with one common thread: how the malleable context of today can be warped to shape the reality of tomorrow.

The Impact of Women in Research:
For centuries, women were treated as second class citizens and were rarely given an education let alone a high powered job. However, amidst this seemingly suffocating societal structure of patriarchy and oppression, a few women had the strength to shatter through the glass ceiling imposed on them and help define the scientific landscape as it exists today.

 

From this brief history of the impact of women in research, students can take heart from the fact that no matter how unascertainable your goal or dream may seem at the moment, there is always a way to beat the odds and achieve the unthinkable. Remember: it always seems impossible until it’s done!

The Social and Economic Impact of Water Scarcity:
Although the water crisis affecting some parts of South Africa isn’t of apocalyptic proportions at the moment, all South Africans should take it upon themselves to reduce their water consumption in the event that the problem does get worse.

 

Approaching this concept from a different angle, this research article on the impact of a water scarcity serves as a warning to all those who refuse to change self-destructive behaviour, even in the wake of irrefutable evidence that their chosen habit is unsustainable in the long run.

 

Much like the water crisis, although a lack of hard work may seem like a paltry issue right now, it may have dire implications for your professional life a few years down the line.

How to Choose the Best Research Partners:
Completing a research project is already a difficult task, but failing to choose the correct research partner can make it infinitely more so. This research article is particularly pertinent to all current VUT students who may be faced with a similar decision in the near future. Remember, a decision of this ilk can literally make or break your year. Be prudent, think it through and avoid a decision that you’ll later regret.

10 Fail-Safe Interview Tips:
There are some challenges that you’ll face in your life that you can’t prepare for, however, a job interview simply does not fall into this category. Much like every test you’ve encountered in your academic career, the key to success lies in your preparation.

 

Starting your preparation for a make or break job interview well before the day effectively embodies a decision on your behalf to shape and choose your own reality. A decision that should be taken by all.

To End…

 

The responsibilities associated with being a member of the VUT family extend far beyond just the academic realm, rather, it requires students to become socially conscious individuals with both the agency and autonomy to shape not only their own professional futures, but also their communities around them.

 

Our research articles strive to inform students not only of specific social issues, but also how these issues reflect larger societal norms that can only be cured through extensive and well informed research.