Round table discussion on water management and skill development in South Africa
The Local Government Sector Education & Training (LGSETA) and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) formed a partnership last year, 2014, by signing a memorandum of agreement. The aim of the partnership is to address the problem of skills development and water and management by local government in South Africa. The approach is to provide an engagement platform for academic institutions (lead by the VUT) and local government to seek solutions to water and wastewater management problems.
Research & Higher Degrees Indaba
Vaal University of Technology is committed to plough, grow and harvest in research as its research motto is ‘Research That Matters’. Research has grown to be an integral part not only of VUT but also of the community as new developments are constantly discovered, be it for cautionary, innovative or even improvement purposes. To affirm the statement, Research Department hosted a Research and Higher Degrees Indaba on 19 February 2015 at Quest Conference Centre.. The purpose of the event was to promote young researchers who have potential and do cutting edge research.
VUT Successfully Hosted the First Omics Workshop in South Africa
The Faculty of Applied and Computer Science held an Omics Training Workshop, the first of its kind in South Africa, on 10 and 11 December 2014 at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall.
The workshop aimed at looking at innovation in science and technology, particularly the future of Omics at VUT. It was also an opportunity to inform staff and students about the new science technologies VUT is embarking on and the opportunities surrounding these.
Experiencing Research at VUT
As a relatively new member of staff at the Vaal University of Technology, my intention was to actively engage in research and continue to follow this career path. I was introduced into the SANTRUST programme in 2013 together with 20 other staff members from various departments. This highly commended programme already operational at key Universities across SA was initiated by the VUT research unit as preparation for staff to engage with doctoral qualifications; a national imperative within Higher Education. I had no idea what to expect, except that I intended to enrol for my PhD within the coming year.
How effective is our teaching in our classes
There is much debate within the higher education community on how teaching or teaching effectiveness may be defined. For instance, Centra (1993:42), defines effective teaching as that which produces beneficial and purposeful student learning through the use of appropriate procedures. Braskamp and Ory, (1994:40) define effective teaching as the creation of situations in which appropriate learning occurs and shaping those situations is what successful teachers have learned to do effectively.