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  • Extension for abstract submissions for ECP symposium in August

    • You can now submit your abstract for the ECP Symposium taking place in August on 28 July 2018.  Registration for the symposium has also opened. To register online please use this ...more
  • DO WE NEED TOTAL RECALL AS A LEARNING TOOL?

    • Someone recently asked me to explain what the Cahn Ingold Prelog rules were!!! I could not! I have a vague recollection of it, as I should, based on my training and experiences many years ago. I knew it had to do with organic chemistry and that it dealt with nomenclature, especially that related to stereoisomers…….but ...more
  • A message to cancer survivors

    • Written by Thandi Nkibi, Student Counselling Department It is by now common knowledge that cancer know no boundaries and cuts across all ages, races and religions. According to the World Health Organisation cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 ...more
  • Women’s rugby team clinches USSA’s plate section

    • The CPUT Rugby Club recently won the Plate Section of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Women 7’s rugby tournament held at Wits University. The Tekkies, as the club is affectionately known, finished in 3rd place and won the Plate section after beating neighbours UWC 31 - 10. “I see the team growing from strength to strength and ...more
  • Strengthening international ties

    • A delegation from the University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA), Slovakia, recently visited CPUT to explore collaborative programmes, which will expand their relationship with the institution beyond just the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences. Since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between CPUT and EUBA in 2016, the faculty has hosted six EUBA staff ...more
  • Teamwork makes the dream work

    • BSc Diagnostic Ultrasound students had a ball at their recent team building event, which was held at the stadium on the Bellville campus. The students were divided into four teams who went head to head in a softball competition. “The main purpose of the event was to create coherence amongst students, promote teamwork and improve interpersonal, social and ...more
  • Students open hearts to homeless children

    • Students in the Department of Public Administration and Governance donated 5 000 cans of food to local homeless children and performed various activities geared at motivate the young ones. The donation was handed over recently to the Abaphumeleli Home of Safety in Litha Park, Khayelitsha, which houses about 50 children between the ages of two and 18. Besides ...more
  • Catsville Residence wins FNB Koshuis rugby tournament

    • Catsville Residence from District Six Campus showed  endurance when they bounced back from trailing Val Du Charon Residence (Wellington) by 10 points early in the first half of the final match to clinch the inter-residence rugby tournament. The boys were recently crowned champions of this year’s edition of the FNB Koshuis Rugby Tournament on the Bellville ...more
  • Exploring Africanness

    • Africa Day was recently celebrated on CPUT campuses to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity. This year, CPUT celebrated Africa Day in style under the theme “Celebrating Africanness” with activations on the District Six and Bellville campuses confined to the lunch-hour in a bid not to disrupt examinations. Activities included traditional dancing, poetry, drumming ...more
  • Nursing Department staff shine

    • As nurses around the world commemorated International Nurses Day on May 12, five CPUT staff members celebrated their induction. Cleopatra van Ster, Nqatyiswa Sineke, Thabita Stollenkamp, Chantal Julius and Dr Marietjie Theron were inducted into the prestigious society during an event at the University of the Western Cape. The STTI’s mission is to mission is advance world ...more
  • ECP Symposium: First call for papers

    • This year the ECP symposium, taking place at Granger Bay campus on the 30th of August 2018 will focus on Reconfiguring ECP pedagogies through theoretical frameworks, and will include presentations of theoretically sound practices, panel discussions and short-form dialogical presentations.  We invite you to submit abstracts for inclusion in the symposium and are offering an ...more
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Applications: Deadline - 21 August 2018

    • The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is NOW OPEN. The deadline for applications is August 21, 2018. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright program that provides mid-career professionals from designated countries around the world an opportunity to enhance their professional capacities through participation in specialized 10 month non-degree programs. During ...more
  • Futuristic exhibition bags Open Day awards

    • The Media Department’s futuristic exhibition at CPUT's annual Open Day scooped two of the four trophies during an awards ceremony where the best stalls were announced. The department’s winning exhibition was themed future creatives and won the Most Informative and Best Team Spirit categories. Their exhibition included a set and stage, a green room, cameras, crew and ...more
  • CPUT hosts forensic linguists conference

    • CPUT recently co-hosted the first Southern African Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists. The conference presented an opportunity for researchers and emerging researchers from Africa and abroad to explore issues relating to the practice of language and the law/forensic linguistics in their diverse academic spaces. Its theme was New Frontiers of Justice in Forensic Linguistics, ...more
  • Vision for the future

    • Optical Dispensing students recently volunteered their services at an outreach event at the Fisantekraal High School, which saw Grade 8 learners receiving vision screenings to identify those requiring further visual assessment. The event was organised by OneSight - an independent international non-profit organisation, which provides vision services across the globe by bringing together the efforts of ...more
  • ECP Nursing students join Bellville Campus

    • The Nursing Science Department has officially welcomed its first cohort of Extended Curriculum Programme BTech Nursing students to the Bellville Campus. Prof Karien Jooste, Head of the Department, said the cohort of 50 students are being accommodated in the Old Education Building. Six new staff members have come on board to teach the students. Jooste said the department ...more
  • Economic viewpoints on the land reform debate in South Africa

    • The land reform debate in South Africa is dominated by a political agenda. This is a pity because other more relevant economic viewpoints on the subject are being ignored. In 2015, when the last census took place, more than every second South African was marked as poor – a higher number than in 2011. For these millions of people access ...more
  • Changing the game

    • At Fundani’s second seminar on decolonisation UNISA Prof Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni started off by reminding everyone that in order to decolonise anything, you need to understand how it was constituted because the concept refers to undoing. “In a theoretical and practical sense,” said Ndlovu-Gatsheni. He sees the problem as twofold – systemic and epistemic. On the systemic side ...more
  • Embarking on Operation Ocean

    • South Africa has the right to use the ocean resources within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that stretches 200 nautical miles from the coast. But as the global economy expands, the potential for competing sectors to clash in this space increases. Planning who uses the space can only happen if the decision makers know what occurs ...more
  • Creating communication channels

    • CPUT recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SAEON. The South African Environmental Observation Network is a science network of people, organisations and observation platforms that perform long-term ecological research in South Africa and its surrounding oceans. Head of Department: Conservation and Marine Sciences Dr Rashieda Toefy says CPUT had a longstanding relationship with the network but ...more
  • Gateway to the world of research information

    • The word eSango, which means gateway or portal in both isiXhosa and isiZulu, was the winning entry in a competition to name the gateway to CPUT’s Research Management platforms Figshare and MediaTUM. CPUT Libraries Director Dr Elisha Chiware says eSango will eventually become the gateway to many kinds of research data management platforms in addition to ...more
  • Graduating is not only for students

    • Three Faculty of Engineering lecturers recently earned their doctorates in their respective fields. The trio graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and are now looking forward to supervising doctoral candidates of their own. While the Simpeh brothers, Eric and Frederick, chose to study at NMMU because that was where supervisors in their fields of study were available, ...more
  • Exploring extra-curricular environments

    • Visiting Parliament is a school trip that gets rolled into exploring the Company’s Garden and Iziko Museums for many learners, but it takes on a different meaning for university students. Recently, Environmental Health students walked down Roeland Street from the District Six Campus to visit Parliament, a trip they looked forward to as a reward earmarked ...more
  • A cut above the rest

    •   The Department of Clothing & Textile Technology’s Merit Awards Ceremony was a happy, rambunctious affair. First year students were deliberately invited to attend the awards ceremony as a form of motivation, to show them that hard work gets rewarded. They cheered along as fellow students and alumni collected their awards, with some going back to collect multiple ...more
  • New MoU a first for Africa

    • CPUT recently hosted a delegation of academics from the Changzhou Institute of Technology (CIT) to witness the signing of a historic agreement of collaboration. Our institution became the first African university to sign a collaboration and exchange agreement with CIT which is situated in the Chinese city of Changzhou, in the south of the Jiangsu Province. In ...more
  • 2018 OER projects - call for participation

    • The Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET) is giving a grant of 10 000 ZAR to lecturers interested in developing Open Educational Resources (OERs) at CPUT. Open Educational Resources are teaching,  learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by ...more
  • WS22 Teaching with podcasts/screencasts

    • Facilitors: Dr Faiq Waghid, Donna Lewis and Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET) Dates and venue: 7th of June 2018, 13.00-15.00, Centre for eLearning (CPT) 14th of June 2018, 13.30-15.30, lab 303 IT Centre (BV) Workshop description: As CPUT aims to foster innovative educational practices, there has been much interest in the adoption of blended ...more
  • THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE........

    • Written by Dr Melleta Louw, Student Counsellor, Wellington campus THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE……. The 21st century is experiencing increasing rates of violence, depression and addiction. Chaos, uncertainty and a feeling of dehumanization forms the backdrop to a consumer-driven society characterized by cut-throat “survival-of-the-fittest” competition in nearly all spheres of life. There is even talk of a 3rd world ...more
  • Call for abstracts for the 2018 CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day

    • The Centre for Innovative Educational Technology is pleased to announce a call for abstracts/proposals for this year's CPUT Teaching and Learning with Technology Day. Date: Thursday, 30th of August 2018, 9.00-16.00 Location: To be Confirmed Theme: Blended Learning at CPUT Conference theme Blending teaching, learning and assessment is a complex process that involves  the development and delivery of engaging learning material, the creation ...more
  • WS18: Self and Peer Assessment- promoting student engagement and active learning

    • Facilitator: Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET) Date and venue 24th of May 2018, 13.30-15.30, lab 303 IT Centre, Bellville campus Description of workshop During this workshop we will focus on the Peer Assessment tool in Blackboard. According to the Oxford dictionary, peer assessment refers to the “evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others in the ...more