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  • 2017 in Review: ECP Unit reflects on the year

    • Dee (Admin Assistant), Janine (Research Assistant), Wooden Colonial man, James (HoD), Lynn (Staff Developer) On 1 December, staff members of the ECP Unit, Fundani spent the morning reviewing their work for 2017. The primary aims of this session were to create a space for review and reflection of events undertaken and organised by the unit, provide ...more
  • FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR) AND THE FOOD INDUSTRY

    • Recently CPUT had, as part of its strategic planning, itemised the concept of a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) as a key part of its future plans. This implies both preparing for, and exploiting, this concept. The question then arose, as part of our own strategic planning exercise at ATS, how we and other departments should ...more
  • Tourism and Events Management BTech Conference

    • The Tourism and Events Management Department recently held its annual BTech Conference where BTech students presented their research papers in front of lecturers and moderators. Exciting research topics presented on the day include the development of polo tourism as a niche market in the Western Cape, professional conference organisers’ perspectives on conferencing challenges in Cape ...more
  • Exchange agreement with Belgians to bear fruit

    • January will see the first group of students from the Odisee University College in Brussels, Belgium visiting CPUT as part of a staff and student exchange agreement between the two institutions. Valdiela Daries, a lecturer in the Department of Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences (MITS) recently visited Odisee on a XRElin grant to formalise this agreement. ...more
  • Empowering our student leaders

    • Student leaders from various student structures and CPUT campuses benefitted from a week of Skills Building Training where they learnt a variety of skills including first aid, leadership and capacity building. This training programme, a first of its kind, saw a total of 100 student leaders, including leaders of general student structures, Residence Assistants and SRCs, ...more
  • Health and Wellness Sciences celebrate top teachers

    • The use of music to help students recall what they learnt is one of the innovative techniques employed by this year’s top teacher in the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences. Prasidh Ramson, a lecturer in Ocular Anatomy and Pathology, says he plays music videos from YouTube during class breaks, which he then makes available to ...more
  • Decolonizing higher education pedagogies: Michalinos Zembylas

    • Last Thursday, a healthy contingent of CPUT ECP lecturers attended the seminar by Michalinos Zembylas at UWC, entitled Decolonizing higher education pedagogies: Good intentions are not enough. Prof Zembylas is Associate Professor of Education at the Open University of Cyprus, but has visiting Professor positions at both the Free State and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universities. His research interests ...more
  • Career advancement opportunities in hospitality industry 

    • The City of Cape Town is abuzz with unlimited opportunities for professional growth in the hospitality industry. This was the message delivered by guest speakers during the Cape Town Hotel School’s BTech Seminar which saw its BTech students presenting their research papers in front of lecturers and moderators. Hospitality Industry Consultant John Jackson, who has over 30 ...more
  • Making telescope control rooms user-friendly

    • The stars are an incredible source of information. Their patterns indicate when seeds should be sown or crops harvested. Their movements tell us that the seasons are changing. But it’s not just amateur enthusiasts or farmers with no scientific training who watch the stars. Technology has redefined the professional field of astronomy. Pioneering telescope designs have allowed professional ...more
  • Special Donation to Delft School 

    •   While others focused their attention on the recent protests one CPUT student had very different things on his mind. During the third semester BTech student Sibabalwe Nqamla started his Donate a Pad Project (DAPP) and after a few weeks of collecting had collected around 100 packs of sanitary towels. Each of the brightly marked collection boxes were ...more
  • Young and (very) gifted

    • He has a passion for music, more specifically drumming, but this hasn’t prevented him from graduating with a National Diploma in Graphic Design in the same year in which he will release his debut album. Shola David, who’s originally from Nigeria, has been tapping out drum beats for as long as he can remember. “I would ...more
  • Primary Health Care achieves superlative pass rate

    • The Primary Health Care (PHC) division within the Department of Nursing Sciences overshot its target of a 95% pass rate when 98% of its students passed despite disruptions caused by their protesting peers. “Despite personal as well as institutional challenges our students and staff stayed committed and this great result is the fruit of their labour. ...more
  • City of Gold winks at young CPUT talent

    •   Job offers came streaming in after Lukhanyo Mekuto became one of the youngest people to obtain a doctoral degree from CPUT at the age of 28. He declined an offer from Mayor Patricia de Lille and took up a postdoctoral fellowship at CPUT in October. He also got offers from subcontractors for the Department of Water ...more
  • Multilingualism and diversity unpacked at colloquium

    • Whether CPUT’s language of instruction caters adequately for all students including those who have a different home language was thoughtfully scrutinised at a multilingualism colloquium recently. The Faculty of Applied Sciences held a Multilingualism and Diversity Colloquium on the Cape Town Campus which was attended by CPUT academics and students. While some delegates suggested that the university ...more
  • Alumnus flies CPUT flag high in China

    • Ziphozakhe Shasha, who holds a Master’s Degree in Business Information Systems  as well as his undergraduate qualifications in Tourism Management from CPUT, has clinched a full scholarship to study in China. The Department of Higher Education and Training facilitated the awarding of the scholarship, following a rigorous selection process which included interviews and a medical examination. “I ...more
  • Lessons from Quality Enhancement Project Workshop

    • CPUT has had an opportunity to collaborate with other higher education institutions in the sharing of good practices and contributed to continuous improvement of the country’s higher education system. The Council on Higher Education recently held a Quality Enhancement Project Workshop in Johannesburg to develop institutional and national processes and practices that can support students to ...more
  • Researcher recognized for constant high quality outputs

    • Prof Learnmore Kambizi, a senior lecturer in the Horticultural Sciences Department, was recently recognized for his consistent outstanding research and awarded a C3 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). The NRF rating system is a key driver in the foundation’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa and the ratings ...more
  • Academic receives first NRF rating

    • CPUT has recently welcomed Dr Sjirk Geerts, a lecturer in Conservation and Marine Sciences, to its family of over 30 rated researchers. Several South African universities use the outcomes of the National Research Foundation evaluation and rating process to position themselves as research-intensive institutions, while others provide incentives for their staff members to acquire and maintain ...more
  • First Year Experience Conference a resounding success

    • The First Year Experience (FYE) Committee from the Faculty of Education on the Wellington Campus recently held an end-of year conference for its 2017 mentors and retention officers. The conference was attended by Dr Nosisana Mkonto (Head of FYE at CPUT), Dr Lawrence Meda, the education faculty’s Teaching and Learning Coordinator and lecturers Dr Vincent Bosman, ...more
  • Suppliers schooled on procurement processes

    • Existing and prospective service providers were recently informed on, among others, CPUT’s procurement process at an information session – the first of its kind for the university. “The aim of the information session was to ensure our suppliers are able to compete for the opportunities available within the institution,” says Raisibe Chaka, Director: Procurement, adding, “We ...more
    • The Paradigms: Journal for Research and Innovation in Teaching and Learning at CPUT INNOVATION JOURNEYS (PARADIGMS 20) August 2017 Convener Puleng Sefalane-Nkohla Editor Jenny Wright Design and Layout Bridgette Hunt Administrator Jean Collins The edition covers a wide range of topics relating to the various RIFTAL research projects conducted by the writers that contributed to the current issue of Paradigms. Dippenaar et al., Bangui et al. and Waghid report ...more
  • THE FOOD INNOVATION CHASM AND GREY KNOWLEDGE – A LINK

    • I had recently placed a post on the CPUT Food Technology Facebook page (for Alumni, feel free to join it since it is a page since it is a valuable tool for networking). The post itself dealt with grey knowledge (or retirees in the industry to be more precise) but there is a bigger picture to ...more
  • Walter Sisulu University comes to visit

    • Mandla Mantshongo, Tabile Loqo & Mawethu Ngeleshe Last Tuesday, 28 November 2017, the ECP Unit hosted colleagues from the Extended Curriculum Programme at Walter Sisulu University. Tabile Logo, WSU Institutional ECP Coordinator mentioned that her interest in discussing how CPUT manages its ECP grant funds  promoted the request to visit our institution and meet with ...more
  • Student Learning Publications

    • This  year was a very busy year in Student Learning, with some notable achievements. Book Chapters Congratulations to Puleng Sefalane-Nkohla, Thembinkosi Mtonjeni,  Nosisana Mkonto and Emmanuel Esambe who all contributed to the  book Writing Centres in Higher Education: Working in and across the disciplines published by AFRICAN SUN MeDIA under the SUN PReSS  in 2017.  An extract ...more
  • Support Lecturers in Tutorial Development Workshop Series 2018

    • The Fundani CHED Student Learning Unit would like to provide support to lecturers implementing tutorials next year. As part of our attempt to have active collaborative relationships with faculty staff we will be conducting two hour workshops on the 24 January, 16 May, 15 August, and 3 October with lecturers who request tutor training in ...more
  • Tutor Training Dates 2018

    • The tutor training dates for 2018 is available online.  The procedure to enrol students in the tutor training programme is  now available online. Click here Fundani CHED: Student Learning Tutor Training for 2018 BELLVILLE TRAINING DATES Date Time Venue 13 – 14 February 2018 09:00 – 15:00 Still to be confirmed 27 – 28 February 2018 09:00 – 15:00 Still to be confirmed 13– 14 March 2018 09:00 – ...more
  • SAVING WATER AT FOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    • This topic is on everyone’s tongue due to the extent, impact and uncertainties of such a one in a hundred year drought. Ways to save water, and new sources of water, are the order of the day on all media platforms and from all agencies. The most recent thrust deals with your water usage at ...more
  • Stimulating HELTASA 2017

    • Dylan Cromhout, an ECP lecturer in Marketing Department in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences and one of the Foundation Special Interest Group (SIG) convenors at CPUT, attended this years' HELTASA conference. He offers some reflections on his engagement at the conference.   The 2017 Heltasa conference was hosted by DUT and took place in Durban at ...more
  • Tenacity and hard work: PAG foundation curriculum about to become a reality

    • When the ECP Unit at Fundani was approached by Prof Harry Ballard, HoD for the department of Public Administration and Governance, to assist with conceptualizing their ECP offering, little did we know we would be embarking on a 18 month-plus curriculum design and development journey. The first workshops with Prof Ballard and his ECP staff ...more
  • Surviving Exams

    • Exam times are stressful! Pressure to hand in assignments, get through all the work and the fear of failing are all concerns every student faces. This is on top of other “life stress” that’s going on; and as we know the life stress (relationship difficulties, issues with family, health problems etc) does not go away ...more