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Friday, 06 December 2019

Graduation fever hits CPUT

Hard work does pay off.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

CPUT welcomes Irish Ambassador

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Rishidaw Balkaran and the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (SIP) unit recently hosted the Irish Ambassador to South Africa, Fionnuala Ni Giolla Seanain.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Standing against human trafficking

Emergency Medical Sciences students have helped to combat human trafficking by raising awareness on how to prevent falling victim to modern day slavery.

After six years, five cohorts and graduating 79 students, a pioneering Architecture programme, which was developed to transform the industry, has successfully concluded.

The Open Architecture – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (OA-CPUT) collaboration on the BTech: Architectural Technology course was a first of its kind in Africa, and is one of only six programmes worldwide (including the USA, Canada, Africa and Australia) to offer architectural design education online.

The innovative blended learning model enabled working students to do studio-based learning in an online environment with the support of office-based mentors, lecturers and student peers, with occasional scheduled on-campus block sessions.

Online critique sessions often continued despite the challenges of load shedding and venue challenges during the fees crisis.

Department of Architectural Technology & Interior Design Senior Lecturer Jolanda Morkel praised the dedication of the students and staff involved.

“This programme is a testimony of passion, dedication and perseverance of people. A group of people believed in making the impossible possible. This marks the culmination of a decade’s work from CPUT’s side,” said Morkel.

Open Architecture Programme Director, Prof Lone Poulsen, said the programme was trailblazing in that it attempted to transform the Architecture industry in a digitally savvy way that accommodated diverse student needs, and that it has helped shift the mindset that architectural learning can only happen in a physical studio.

CPUT is currently phasing out the BTech Architectural Technology degree in accordance with the new HEQSF structure. In 2020 this alternative model will become the norm, with the implementation of a new two-year blended Advanced Diploma, drawing on the lessons learnt. Contact Thandiswa Madadasana at for more information on studying Architectural Technology.

The South Africa/Swedish University Forum (SASUF) is showing its muscles in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Prestigious Achiever Award will be helping 10 academically gifted students to fund their post-graduate studies.

Valued at R1 million for the current cohort, the fund identifies students who have achieved excellent results throughout their academic studies and can make a contribution to society by completing their Masters and/or Doctoral studies.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Nhlapo says the award is a way of grooming the next generation of professors and ensures that Dean and Vice-Chancellor medallists remain connected to CPUT and come back to complete their Masters and Doctorates with the institution.

In 2019 one student was selected for the honour but a year later the pool of recipients has increased to 10, with students studying a variety of course options including Food Technology, Public Relations and Mechanical Engineering.

The Mauerberger Foundation Fund, which is a key sponsor to the award, was represented at the certificate ceremony by Advocate Dianna Yach.

She complimented the institution on making a real-world difference to positively transform society through technology.

“The recipients have a real desire to solve local and African problems in emerging economies and to do so in a way which is scalable. This is where CPUT makes the difference,” she said.

Prof Nhlapo called the recipients the cream of the CPUT crop and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

“You have been chosen because you represent the best of what CPUT has to offer, you have displayed the graduate attributes of resilience, superior problem-solving abilities and most importantly ethical capabilities. You already have the recipe for success,” he said.

PR Masters student Sivenathi Jayiya, who lives in Delft, thanked the award panel for seeing the best in her and believing in her capabilities.

The award will cover her existing student debt and finance the logistical cost of completing her Masters like transport, interviews and editing.

“Thank you to the panel for listening to my story and seeing something in me that I didn’t see in myself. Thank you also to the VC for giving children from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to study in peace and without worry,” she said. 

Delegates attending the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Higher Education Dialogue called for action to tackle issues of GBV head-on.

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