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A Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, who fuses technology into his teaching, has earned himself a National Excellence in Teaching Awards Commendation from the Council on Higher Education/Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (CHE/HELTASA).

After bagging a CPUT Institutional Teaching Excellence Award earlier this year, Dr Zayd Waghid, entered the national awards and walked away with a commendation for his contribution to teaching and learning in the country’s higher education.

“The CHE/HELTASA Committee commends you for a portfolio demonstrating a rich and diverse teaching approach and a clearly articulated philosophy,” reads a letter from the Awards Committee. “We invite you to join us at the HELTASA Conference on 27-29 November 2019 in Grahamstown.”

Waghid says the commendation is a validation of his teaching excellence at national level and that his achievement shows that CPUT is serious about teaching.

“My teaching excellence stems from developing myself academically and having strong relations with my students,” says the former teacher at South Peninsula High.

Having grown up in a family of academics, he asserts his ambition to become a professor one day. His father Yusef is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Education at Stellenbosch University, while his brother, Dr Faiq Waghid, is an academic at CPUT’s Centre for Innovative Educational Technology.

Despite the commendation, Waghid says he feels the need to grow himself academically as well as further strengthen his student relations and collaborations with international universities.

He observed that when teaching their learners, his students’ teaching methods are similar to his as they also make use of technology in their classes.

Waghid, who joined CPUT four years ago, developed a teaching philosophy and innovative pedagogies which included the use of gamification, film and online group blogs.

His philosophy helps disadvantaged students who enter CPUT to transition into higher education through the use of technology.

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Jovial lecturer joins SAYAS

Department of Chemical Engineering Lecturer Dr Moses Basitere was floating on cloud nine after being inaugurated as one of ten new members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

The Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSeta) has awarded more than R10 million in bursaries to hundreds of deserving students in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences.

CPUT-based Centre for Enterprise Research Partnership and Innovation in Africa (CERPIA) aims to train and certify women with the SAP digital business system and skills.

Prof Beatrice Opeolu’s research mission is not just to establish levels of pollutants in the environment, but also to assess possible health risks and develop abatement methods that will be cheap and available in developing economies like South Africa, thus providing a comprehensive approach to solving environmental problems.

Outstanding Masters and Doctoral students are invited to apply for the Vice-Chancellor’s Prestigious Achievers Award.

Prof Rishi Balkaran firmly believes that there is no problem that cannot be solved.

His view is that the platform for a successful resolution is that your engagement with others must be solutions-driven, transparent, open and honest.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning recently joined CPUT from the Durban University of Technology where he served as Executive Dean: Faculty of Management Sciences.
Balkaran’s objectives at CPUT are: to drive teaching and learning towards the One Smart CPUT 2030 vision; to enhance the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning and develop staff to become the best at what they do.

All of these serve the expressed purpose of ensuring student success and Balkaran says technology must be at the heart of this.
“Work-integrated learning must be the hallmark of every programme that we offer. We must develop new and innovative ways to deliver our services in order to keep up with the current and changing needs of students.”

He adds that CPUT must be a student centred university where engagement of staff and students becomes part of our everyday life. Key to this is the classroom experience of shifting the balance of power from the lecturer to the student.

“Our systems and processes must be student-friendly and geared towards enhancing the student experience.”

Balkaran has as national chair of the SA Commerce Deans Association and chair of the Tourism Educators South Africa. He has just been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) and serves on the board of the Western Cape Education Council.

When his busy schedule allows Balkaran enjoys playing table tennis and he is an avid fisherman who looks forward to exploring the Cape waters.

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