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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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