Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Institutional values unpacked at student dialogue

CONSENSUS: Department of Student Affairs Manager, Advocate Lionel Harper having a dialogue with staff and students during a Restaurant Talk recently on Bellville Campus. CONSENSUS: Department of Student Affairs Manager, Advocate Lionel Harper having a dialogue with staff and students during a Restaurant Talk recently on Bellville Campus.

The Department of Student Affairs (DSA) hosted its first dialogue of a series of Restaurant Talks which allowed students and staff to engage around critical topics and issues on the Bellville Campus.

 The DSA Restaurant Talk covered CPUT’s Vision, Mission, and Values. Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design, Prof Johannes Cronje, facilitated the relaxed and interactive talk which afforded maximum participation to about 100 students including Central SRC president, Sikhulule Mpetsheni.

The format was small group discussions around the table where students were encouraged to share their ideas back to the plenary. Cronje summarised and shared the points made by the groups with the rest of the audience. 

The audience included a mixture of SRC members, representatives of student structures, and general students. DSA Manager, Advocate Lionel Harper, said they will continue with the series of Restaurant Talks as they plan to hold the next session next month on the District Six Campus.

“It’s important for everyone to know what the values that we subscribe to as the institution are, student discipline is part of student affairs so it’s important for students to obey the values of the institution,” said Harper. “That’s why this afternoon we have to understand what our values and rules are; you won’t leave these premises hungry in terms of information.”

He added that it was important to work closely with the SRC and leaders of the various student structures. “We as staff need to know and live these values so that we can be able to remind the students that they need to understand and live CPUT values.

Mpetsheni said the Talk was “very informative with absolutely profound content”. “As a university, we should continue having programmes of this nature to allow student centered-ness,” he said.

Athlone Local SRC Communication Officer, Nosimphiwe Mbedla, said the information was educational and interesting. “It also taught us about the difference between the vision and the mission of the University.

Written by Des