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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

New staff welcomed to CPUT as 2011 academic year begins

“With the 2011 academic year now in full swing, the largest university in the Western Cape is looking forward to a year of continuous improvement in quality.” So said Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Mazwi-Tanga, welcoming new academic and support staff to the CPUT family.  Aimed at giving one of CPUT’s most valuable assets a thorough overview of the university, last week’s induction also spelled out the ways in which it continually seeks to attract and retain the best calibre personnel.

As Human Resources Director, Charles Gilbert, made clear in his address, CPUT has an extensive plan to develop, retain, reward and support staff so that recognition for excellence in education is attained. His words were strongly echoed by Executive Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Nomathamsanqa Tisani, who said, “The revolving door syndrome is not welcome at CPUT – it is our intention to retain our staff and develop them to their full potential. Because staff development is paramount, just one of the exciting ways we invest in staff is our Erasmus Mundus Programme.“  This avails scholarships for studying, research and development at postgraduate level to South African nationals at selected European universities.

Dr Tisani strongly encouraged new staff, and old, to take full advantage of this lucrative and potentially life-changing scholarship, where a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 36 months can be spent at a European university. The application deadlines for this year’s intake has been extended until February 28th and March 7th, and all staff are urged to familiarise themselves with the process of applying.

Day one of the induction also saw issues like employer relations, health and safety, conditions of service and performance management explained to the new staffers. CPUT’s Learning and Development Manager, Thelo Wakefield, stressed the high value CPUT places on extending staffers’ knowledge and skills. “We’re dedicated to the presentation of quality training programmes that bring about an improvement in the way daily tasks are performed,” said Thelo. The go-to-guy for staffers keen to up-skill, Thelo’s office in the Administration Building on the Bellville campus is always ready to provide support, advice and ensure that staff development is accessible on an equitable basis.

Day two saw academic staff participate in a workshop designed to introduce them to Higher Education in South Africa. Facilitated by Prof Chris Winberg, the day’s proceedings gave more insight into Universities of Technology and the CPUT context.

With critical issues like conditions of service, performance management and the ins and outs of being a new lecturer at CPUT addressed, day three of the comprehensive induction was pure fun. New staffers enjoyed a tour of all CPUT’s campuses, including the jewel in CPUT’s crown, Granger Bay, with a sundowner braai on the Wellington campus a fitting conclusion to this comprehensive introduction to life as an employee of CPUT.

By Jan Weintrob

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za