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Monday, 25 March 2019

On a journey to One Smart CPUT

LISTEN, ENGAGE, COMMIT: Hundreds of staff members attended the staff function at the Bellville Campus. LISTEN, ENGAGE, COMMIT: Hundreds of staff members attended the staff function at the Bellville Campus.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo invited CPUT staff members to join the institution as it embarks on the “One Smart CPUT journey”.

Nhlapo was addressing hundreds of staff members from the various campuses during a staff event held at the Bellville Campus last week.

The presentation was themed Listen, Engage and Commit.

Nhlapo said discussion around the Fourth Industrial Revolution is not going away.

“We, as humans, have to take up our rightful places in a world more and more populated by machines – machines that are increasingly intelligent. There is solid evidence from the past that we as humans have the ability to upskill”.

He said the sole purpose of education, according to the National Development Plan and many other sources, is the development of the ability to think, learn and relate to the global environment.

“CPUT is embarking on our One Smart CPUT journey. I’m inviting all of you to join us on this One Smart CPUT journey. We don’t need to predict the future; we do need to create the future.”

Nhlapo said there is no denying that the world of work will be greatly impacted by technology and automation innovations.
CPUT has a responsibility to ensure that our students and our staff are capacitated to join the workforce.

“CPUT needs to engage and commit to a new teaching and learning model and we will ask of our research community to contribute to this discourse.”

He said the university’s history is one of disconnectedness and diversity.

“Our One Smart CPUT is therefore focused on more than the technological world. It is our renewed contract with human-centricity and our biggest assets and resources – our people.”
Nhlapo said engagement has to be an institution-wide commitment, not confined to individual academics or projects.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za