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  • Stitching together career development

    • The Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles recently celebrated their most recent crop of short course graduates. Acting Dean of the Engineering Faculty, Prof Mellet Moll, was on hand to award certificates to the nine learners who successfully completed four short learning programmes. Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) Manager Shamil Isaacs said it was important to recognise the ...more
  • Megan Alexander: extra(ordinary) academic in ECP who is 'supporting students as they transition into and through the university'

    • In our final segment of the (extra)ordinary academics in ECP series for 2018, we shine the spotlight on Megan Alexander. Megan is a Communications lecturer in the PAG Foundation and Tourism and Entrepreneurship extended programmes in the Business Faculty. We sat down with Megan to find out more about her interests in education more generally, ...more
  • Amanda Morris: an extra(ordinary) academic in ECP who is 'creating a space in the world for the student to flourish’

    • In our second installment of the (extra)ordinary academic in ECP series, we profile Amanda Morris, currently a lecturer in the Design Foundation and previously ECP coordinator for the Graphic Design Foundation. Recently we caught up with Amanda and learnt more about her deep passion for design education, love for teaching and commitment to improving the ...more
  • New Dean of Students appointed

    • The new Dean of Students says her passion for student affairs led her to CPUT. Prem Coopoo, a seasoned student developer with a master’s degree in social work, joined CPUT last month. She intends to develop a holistic student development plan and that starts with coming up with a framework that will guide each of the departments ...more
  • Staak conquers Athens Marathon

    • It was a question of mind over matter when Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Prof Anthony Staak, joined thousands of runners from across the world to take on the Athens Marathon. Staak and his wife Wendy recently conquered the historic marathon, known as The Authentic, and said it proved to be one of their toughest marathons yet. “But it ...more
  • Farewell founding fathers

    • The Engineering Faculty said goodbye to six staff members this year, some of whom were described as founding fathers of the faculty. Hosting a lunch for the retirees, acting Dean of Engineering Prof Mellet Moll spoke warmly about his colleagues, praising not only their work ethic and research capacity but also their ability to bring humanity ...more
  • Simulating reality to skill future nurses

    • The Nursing Science Department is staying ahead of the curve in terms of training staff in the latest treatments and technologies. Students are already reaping the rewards after lecturer Suveena Singh recently attended a simulation course at the University of the Free State. The department’s Clinical Skills Laboratory also recently received a multi-million rand upgrade. Singh said participants ...more
  • CPUT’s green efforts awarded

    • CPUT’s efforts to green its campuses was awarded during the 7th Annual Green Campus Initiative (GCI) Conference. The conference was organised by the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (Acuho-i) and was held at UKZN. CPUT was awarded the Green Award – Diamond for the Most Innovative University. The SARETEC building and the composition of its ...more
  • Tech-ing it up a notch

    • Staff members and students can look forward to enjoying the benefits of a recent major network upgrade when they return in the new academic year. CTS Network Manager Sam Bimray said all buildings were being linked to the IT centre and Admin centre with new fibre cables, which will increase the speed and result in a ...more
  • Hello brave new world

    • The Design building on the Bellville campus has a new Communication and Language Centre. Situated on the first floor of the building, the Language Centre contains 30 computers equipped with language programmes, several language book resources and tutors on hand to help with computer and language needs. Opened earlier this year with the help of the Financial ...more
  • Stitching together career development

    • The Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles recently celebrated their most recent crop of short course graduates. Acting Dean of the Engineering Faculty, Prof Mellet Moll, was on hand to award certificates to the nine learners who successfully completed four short learning programmes. Technology Station: Clothing and Textiles (TSCT) Manager Shamil Isaacs said it was important to recognise ...more
  • Paralegal studies degree hailed

    • The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation lauded CPUT’s Bachelor of Paralegal Studies degree, as significant for the professionalisation of the paralegal field. CPUT is the only institution in the country which offers this degree. The foundation recently visited the Unit for Applied Law to learn more about the new degree programme and interacted with lecturers and students. Lorenzo Wakefield, ...more
  • Flowers put focus on plastic pollution

    • The flowers of the Cape served as the inspiration for an installation that provided food for thought on the issue of sustainable development. Academics and students from the Design Department joined academics from the University of Lapland for a three-day workshop which culminated in the installation being placed on a lamppost in District Six. Titled Flowers of ...more
  • NRF renews funding for teacher education Chair

    • Prof Yusuf Sayed, Research Leadership Chair in Teacher Education, says the renewed funding for the Chair from the National Research Foundation (NRF) is a testament to the hard work and effort of all members of the CPUT-based Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE). “It is an affirmation of the support we have received from the university ...more
  • Plugging into renewable energy

    • The Centre for Distributed Power and Electronic Systems is starting to flex its muscles as the biggest Research Centre in the Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering Department. Earlier this year CDPES launched its own real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop laboratory, the Opal-RT Real Time Simulation Laboratory. They recently invited representatives from marine diamond mining company DebMarine Namibia ...more
  • Exercising your way to wellness

    • The annual Wellness Day was well received by staff this year. Over 130 staff members took advantage of Discovery health screenings on both campuses and CPUT Campus Health Clinics and the HIV/Aids unit tested and screened almost 100 staff members. Human Capital - Lifestyle & Wellness specialist Samukelisiwe Mbambo said more staff members participated in the Fun ...more
  • CPUT hosts successful MACE congress

    • Marketing, advancement and communication practitioners from tertiary institutions across the country sharpened their blades at the recent MACE Congress hosted by CPUT. The annual three-day Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE) congress was held at the Bellville campus and provided delegates with opportunities for benchmarking, networking and professional development. This year’s theme was Sharpen your blade ...more
  • Top Civil Engineering students awarded

    • The Civil Engineering and Surveying Department honoured their top students of 2017 at a recent Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony on Bellville campus. Opening the ceremony Head of the Civil Engineering & Surveying Department Ashaadia Kamalie said she sometimes felt they spend far too little time with the students who excel. “We don’t always take the time ...more
  • Fostering healthy industry relationships

    • The Faculty of Applied Sciences recently hosted a WIL industry breakfast. Industry representatives who regularly take in CPUT students for Work Integrated Learning stints mingled with lecturers, students and WIL coordinators at the Cape Town Hotel School Restaurant on Granger Bay for a pleasant exchange of ideas. Students who excelled at their WIL assignments were profiled in ...more
  • Taking teaching to another level

    • Trendy teaching methods were discussed during the recent Learning and Teaching Symposium held by Fundani’s Student Development Unit on the Bellville Campus. Topics presented ranged from using ICT and tutorials to enhance teaching and learning practices to supporting underprepared students in mathematics and learning through field trips. Prof Lorraine Hassan, Head of Fundani’s Academic Staff Development, delivered ...more
  • Teachers’ workshop seeks to improve learning experience

    • Various ideas to improve the learning experience and education quality were laid bare at a recent workshop attended by teachers, Western Cape Education Department (WCED) officials, teacher educators and education researchers. Held by the CPUT-based Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE) in Mowbray, the Teachers’ Workshop was co-ordinated with the WCED Metro East District Office. WCED’s Benjamin ...more
  • Sharing knowledge, building networks

    • Public Relations students were left inspired after a recent event co-hosted by The Public Relations Programme and The Public Relations Institute of South Africa. The student engagement event, which was held at the Cape Town Hotel School, was aimed at enhancing relationships with alumni and creating dialogue through the theme Building a supportive alumni network. The event ...more
  • Accounting student opens Cape’s first township pharmacy

    • Applying the knowledge obtained from class, a second-year Accounting student, has created a business opportunity out of a community problem. After noticing how difficult it is for residents in disadvantaged areas such as Khayelitsha and Joe Slovo to access medicine, Thembekile Mahintsho recently opened Mangethe's Medi Store, the first and only pharmacy in Joe Slovo. With motivation ...more
  • Working across disciplines to help learners

    • Education and Business students recently banded together to work on a literacy project aimed at primary school children. Learners from the Belhar Pentech Community Care organisation travelled to CPUT’s Wellington Campus for a day of workshops geared around language and literacy. The five students from the Faculty of Education joined three Business Management students plus a visiting ...more
  • Research stars shine at BTech Conference

    • Students in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences who are outstanding research presenters won cash prizes during this year’s BTech Conference. The faculty held the conference on the District Six Campus recently under the theme, driving economic development and empowerment through research and innovation. The faculty’s Dean, Prof Paul Green, said the conference was the initiative ...more
  • Enabling environmental health practitioners

    • The Environmental Health programme recently said goodbye to the last third year students for the course in its current format. On the last day of their exams, as the programme came to a close, the staff threw the 35 students a small party. In addition to the surprise party the students also received their Health Professions Council ...more
  • Research provides Food for Thought

    • The Cape Town Hotel School’s recent BTech Conference served a mixed bag of research topics, leaving attendees with much food for thought. A total of 20 presentations were covered and students were given 10 minutes to present their work. The event, held at the Southern Sun Waterfront, was attended by several industry representatives, many of whom indicated ...more
  • Starting a foundation of hope

    • Student organisation The Hope Foundation donated clothes to Khayelitsha residents who lost their homes in a recent fire. Sparked by a news report that more than 1 300 people had been left homeless after hundreds of shacks were destroyed in a blaze, The Hope Foundation teamed up with student organisation Nika Foundation to help the people ...more
  • Seminar tackles Translanguaging

    • Switching between two languages when teaching provides for the exploitation of all the linguistic repertoires of pupils in assessment for learning tasks rather than only taking their proficiency in the dominant language into account. This is the view Prof Piet Van Avermaet, a visiting academic from Ghent University, Belgium, shared with the audience attending the Seminar ...more
  • The art of acceptance and the absence of the grasping mind

    • Written by Courtney Fowles Intern Counselling Psychologist, District Six Campus ‘It is one of the great lies propagated by our culture that getting more and more physical and material prosperity will lead to greater and greater happiness. This is simply not true. Genuine happiness lies in not wanting. Endless wanting is such a burden to the mind. ...more