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Friday, 16 October 2020

CPUT is ready for the CHE National Review

FULFILMENT: Dr Siyanda Makaula, the Institutional Coordinator for the National Review of Doctoral Qualifications at CPUT has voiced his satisfaction with the preparations for the CHE National Review for Doctoral Degrees panel virtual site visit which is scheduled for 19 to 22 October. FULFILMENT: Dr Siyanda Makaula, the Institutional Coordinator for the National Review of Doctoral Qualifications at CPUT has voiced his satisfaction with the preparations for the CHE National Review for Doctoral Degrees panel virtual site visit which is scheduled for 19 to 22 October.

Dr Siyanda Makaula, the National Review of Doctoral Qualifications Institutional Coordinator at CPUT, is optimistic that the University is ready to welcome Council on Higher Education (CHE) panel members who will be reviewing and ensuring that the institution meets the quality standards in the Doctoral qualifications.

Makaula says the preparations for the CHE National Review for Doctoral Degrees at CPUT are at the final stage. The virtual site visit is scheduled for 19 to 22 October. “CPUT has worked with the CHE National Review Framework and Qualifications Standards that were provided [to institutions] in order to produce the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report,” he explains. 

The electronic evidence will be made available to the CHE panel, this includes institutional PowerPoints on facilities, the 360 tours to different departments and support units, and a CPUT YouTube video.

The link to the CPUT video is https://youtu.be/wcgMo3G_g54  

Makaula reveals that the briefing sessions with different groups of interviewees have taken place and information related to the National Review has been shared with each group. Debriefing sessions have also been planned following the interview sessions with the CHE panel and will be held for all categories of interviewees, these sessions will be coordinated by the Quality Management Directorate (QMD).

He says the QMD appreciates the support that has been offered by various stakeholders and recognises the tremendous effort they have made in providing the evidence requested by the CHE.

CPUT will kick off the national review virtual site visit on Monday, 19 October, starting with a senior management session, this session will provide the high level, institutional strategy for the University and the role intended for the Doctoral project. “The strategic plans and resources provided for doctoral provision will be discussed as will the relevant structures and policies that support the quality of the doctoral programme,” Makaula adds.

The CPUT community is looking forward to a rigorous evaluation by the CHE review panel, as this will provide substantive information on which to base the quality improvement strategy. The National Review of doctoral education in South Africa will benefit CPUT, higher education institutions in general, and provide a robust future for doctoral studies in building our nation.

For further information, contact Dr Siyanda Makaula on makaulas@cput.ac.za

Written by Aphiwe Boyce

Email: boyceap@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Engineering and the Built Environment and Applied Sciences Faculties.