Academics stepping down from their towers...Long awaited for.
This report serves as a reflection on the proceedings of the workshop that was held on the 18th to the 19th of June 2015. The workshop was held at the Science Park Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Campus. This was a joint initiative between the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Centre for Education Rights and Transformation and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).Within VUT, the Research Directorate and the Social Transformation Unit played an important role as stakeholders in ensuring that the event becomes a success. As the stakeholders worked together from the conceptualisation, planning process to the actual day of the event.
Research - The key to new knowledge
In this day and age it has become imperative to ensure collaboration between policy-makers, corporate entities, academics and NGOs for the generation of new knowledge, thus governments, business, industry and communities have become reliant on university researchers to meet with the rapid changes in the technological era.
More Masters and PHDs to serve working-class students
VUT aims to increase the number of its academic staff who hold masters and doctorates as part of a multi-pronged strategy to transform it from a “technikon” mentality into a fully-fledged university with world-class research capabilities to serve its mostly working-class student base.
Dr Bernadette Johnson, Director of Research said, owing to its background as a technical college and technikon, VUT did not have a critical mass of masters and doctorates in its academic ranks.
Setting research agenda by Africans for Africa
In the last few years the VUT has made a strategic decision to develop research culture at the institution, and one way of doing this is by promoting inter-faculty, inter-institutional and international collaborations. For this reason, the Centre for Renewable Energy Water (CREW) organized a collaboration building conference at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark between 21st and 22nd May 2015. The theme of the conference was “Building collaboration in Water and Renewable Energy Research and Innovation: The Trilogy (Past, Present, and Status-quo)”. The conference was opened by the VUT Vice Chancellor, Prof IN Moutlana, who welcomed Mr Nqandela Nqaba, the Administrator of, the Local Government Sector Education and Training (LGSETA). The speakers that followed in the first session were Prof L. Dzvimbo, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academics and Research and Dr BJ Johnson, Executive Director: Research.
After the vocational certificate, then what?
“After the National Vocational Certificate (NCV), then what?" That is the cry of disillusioned students from the Sedibeng College for Further Education and Training (FET), who resent that the college does not prepare them for employment. Students complain that they are taught to operate computers theoretically, not because lecturers are lazy but because they lack resources.
Learners continue to flock to post-school education despite their disillusionment because further education seems to be the only option. As one FET student said, “Do we try our luck or do we just give up?”
|Mon Aug 03, 2015 @08:00 - 12:00AM|
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