2010 Annual Research Report - Virtual Book
Digital Publications are the perfect gift of the internet revolution which has lead to communication becoming easy, convenient and cost effective. They blend reader’s choices with unmatched and fast interaction, timeliness, longevity, value and an environmental conscience.
With the ever increasing warning all the governments of all the countries to stop chopping down trees and save the energy and plants, it becomes the responsibility of all the habitats of the planet to do their bit towards saving our world from the disastrous consequences of the Global Warming.
The Launch of the African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation & Dance (AJPHERD)
Although the skies were dark, the smiles lit up the Isak Steyl VIP lounge during the launch of the Africa Journal that was hosted by the Faculty of Management Sciences on 31 October 2011. Excitement filled the room when the journal was handed to each of the recipients who published their research findings in the second edition of the Africa Journal.
Professor Louw: DVC Academic & Research gave a clear understanding of the three level nexus approach between teaching and research covering the spectrum of the tangible nexus, the intangible nexus and the global nexus connection, concluding that they are all mutually enriching.
The Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods develops nutrition education manuals
Prof WH Oldewage-Theron and Dr AA Egal, researchers in the Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods, were awarded a tender by the national Department of Basic Education (DBE), in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), to develop three nutrition education manuals for:
2) the national school nutrition programme (NSNP) volunteers and
3) parents or child caregivers. First drafts of these manuals were developed in 2010.
From 7-9 April 2010, training of educators took place at Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre. A total of 24 district managers and educators, representing all nine provinces in South Africa participated in the training programme.
VUT Alumni becomes Vice Young Water Ambassador at International Water Week, Amsterdam
VUT is proud to announce that its student was appointed Vice Ambassador of the Young Professional programme during the International Water Week held in Amsterdam from 31 October to 04 November 2011.
On Monday 31 October, three pre-selected ambassador candidates - Sarah Dickin of Canada, Stephen Nyende Byakika from Uganda, living in South Africa, and Josanne Derks from the Netherlands - presented their motions to a selective jury and a wide audience of young water professionals and students to become the new Young Water Professional Ambassador 2011 – 2013.
Managing change in a turbulent teaching and learning environment
In the previous article we discussed emotional intelligence and the ability to overcome challenges. In this article we look at Michael Fullan’s (1997) eight lessons of dealing with and managing change within organisations by borrowing from Peter Senge’s (2000) concept of a learning organisation. Institutions of higher learning such as VUT operate in very complex, dynamic, uncertain and challenging environments due to intense knowledge explosion, the knowledge economy, the knowledge society, globalisation, technological advancements, internationalisation, marketaisation and commodification of knowledge and fierce competition. These processes continually force us to think differently and to act in nano seconds in order to effectively deal with and manage the change process around us productively.
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