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Three academics from the Faculty of Education recently visited Chandigarh University (CU) in India, as part of an International Faculty Exchange Programme.

They are Prof Hanlie Dippenaar (Assistant Dean: Faculty of Education), Dr Sharon Mc Auliffe (Senior lecturer: Mathematics, Mowbray campus) and Dr Rolene Liebenberg (Senior lecturer: Mathematics, Wellington campus).

The visit was by invitation of Prof Rajan Sharma, Director of International Affairs at CU and International Office of Chandigarh University.

CU prioritises international collaboration and hosts many international scholars. Through this, they expose their students to lecturers and scientists from across the world, which enhances critical thinking and dialogue. Chandigarh University received a QS World Ranking of 771-780 for 2024 and ranked number one amongst private universities in India. After only 11 years it is the youngest university to emerge amongst the top 1.7% universities of Asia.

During their visit, the CPUT delegation met lecturers from Poland, the UK and Georgia. As visiting Faculty of the Chandigarh University, the three lecturers from CPUT were involved in teaching English and Maths to pre-service student teachers. They interacted with staff, undergraduate-, postgraduate-, and Master’s students and attended meetings to discuss potential collaboration and ideas to strengthen this partnership. Excellent opportunities to co-supervise undergraduate, graduate and Doctoral (PhD.) students, participate in externally funded projects as co-principal investigators, and to write joint project proposals for international funding were identified, not only in the Faculty of Education, but also for other Faculties.

They expressed a warm word of thanks to Chandigarh University for their generous hospitality and look forward to further collaboration.

Sunday, 07 April 2024

FNB WSU defeats FNB CPUT

With one round to go in the 2024 FNB Varsity Shield competition, the teams for playoffs have now been decided.

Tuks and Madibaz have secured home semi-finals while Varsity College and WSU are also through to the last four.

During Friday’s game at the CPUT Sports Stadium in Bellville, FNB WSU consolidated their fourth position on the log after they edged FNB CPUT 23-19. The scores were tied 12-all at the half-time break.

An early first-half onslaught from the home side saw them holding most of the ball and playing most of the rugby deep inside WSU territory, resulting in Keenan Williams powering across the try line for the first score of the match.

Ntsako Mhlanga then dove across at full length from close range after being denied earlier. Keewan Titus succeeded with the conversion attempt. This handed CPUT a 12-point lead heading into the final five minutes of the opening half.

WSU levelled matters through tries from Maxwell Klaasen and Asisipho Jim with Klaasen converting one.

The opening minutes of the second half belonged to WSU’s defensive resolve which meant CPUT had to work hard to get any points. It eventually came when Ayabulela Zono dove across the try line from a ruck that formed just metres under the crossbar.

Jayson January added the extras.

A penalty and an unconverted try by Klaasen, which completed his brace, handed WSU a one-point lead as the final quarter of the match approached. He slotted another one to seal the victory with four minutes left on the clock.

SCORERS

FNB WSU 23 (12) – Tries: Maxwell Klaasen (2), Asisipho Jim. Conversion: Klaasen Penalties: Klaasen (2)
FNB CPUT 19 (12) – Tries: Keenan Williams, Ntsako Mhlanga, Ayabulela Zono. Conversions: Keewan Titus, Jayson January.
FNB Player That Rocks: Maxwell Andrews (FNB WSU)

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CPUT Libraries recently hosted its first Librarians’ Day for 2024.

The event served as a platform to convene all librarians within the institution, to provide continuous professional development, and to foster discussion on pertinent topics aimed at mutual learning.

The primary objective of this event was to facilitate dialogue among librarians, enabling them to exchange insights and experiences. This collaborative approach aimed to enhance their collective knowledge base and improve service delivery within the libraries.

The event featured presentations from various speakers, who shared their expertise on diverse subjects. Among the topics covered were:

Article Processing Charges - Janine Lockhart

CPUT Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence - Prof Faiq Waghid

RIALTO - Anke MaCallum

Furthermore, the event recognised the professional development efforts of eight staff members who have completed a course on Open Educational Resources (OER). Certificates were presented to acknowledge their production of OER, their commitment to continuous learning, skill enhancement and support of the institutional vision on learning and teaching. The Open Educational Resources project within CPUT Libraries is also in response to the global Open Science movement which calls for free access to educational resources at all levels of higher education.

According to CPUT Libraries, Librarians Day 2024 served as a valuable platform for knowledge exchange and professional growth within the library community. By fostering collaboration and recognising individual achievements, the event contributed to the advancement of library services and the promotion of excellence in librarianship at CPUT.

FNB CPUT will be facing FNB WSU during tomorrow afternoon’s round 6 Varsity Shield match at the CPUT Sports Stadium in Bellville.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 15h00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

At the end of round 5 CPUT was fifth on the log, with FNB WSU at fourth and FNB UP-Tuks in the number one spot.

Tickets for the game are available online only. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

Click on the link to purchase tickets https://www.howler.co.za/fnbcputvsfnbwsu

Two Sport Management Department staff members, Prof Brendon Knott and Ashley Jacobs, were recently involved in the Empowering New Voices through Education and Sports Training (ENVEST) exchange programme.

ENVEST is an initiative that focuses on using sport as a vehicle for youth development and social change. The programme encourages the upskilling and development of sport coaches, practitioners and other industry experts working with community members in their respective locations. The staff members served as coordinators, assisting the United States of America (USA) coordinators in formulating online teaching materials and developing the schedule/programme for the South African delegation’s visit to the USA.

Knott and Jacobs travelled to North Carolina, USA with ten coaches from organisations around South Africa (SA). The SA delegation spent two weeks in the USA, attending leadership workshops at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and having the opportunity to observe and run practical soccer sessions at North Carolina Football Club. The delegation also had the opportunity to tour the NCSU campus and sport facilities, attend local sporting events and rub shoulders with their American counterparts. These moments allowed the delegation to share information and experiences with their US counterparts which will ultimately benefit the community members that these coaches are working with.

The US delegation will be visiting South Africa in July 2024. “We look forward to co-hosting them with our partner organisations around South Africa,” said Knott.

For a detailed report, please see the link below.

Exchange Program Promotes Positive Youth Development Through Sports | College of Natural Resources News (ncsu.edu)

It was a proud moment for Campus Protection Services’ (CPS) Siyabonga Madala when he won the bronze medal at the Real Gijimas 50 km ultra marathon, which recently took place in the Eastern Cape.

And Madala said the win was made even more special as he did so in his CPUT colours, representing the CPUT Athletics Club.

“It really felt very special to be representing CPUT. I want to thank my management and all the staff members who have given me so much support,” said Madala, who is assigned to the CPS Response Team.

Madala, who has been working at CPUT since 2014, said he has been passionate about running since he was in school.

“After work I do my running and on days when I’m off I do long runs.”

Protection and Risk Services applauded Madala on his outstanding achievement.

“This accomplishment not only honours Mr Siyabonga Madala but also embodies the ethos of dedication and perseverance, typical of who we are as Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As a member of the CPUT Athletic Club, Siyabonga Madala has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, bringing pride to the CPUT community,” read a statement from the Department.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024

CPUT hosts premier MTB event

CPUT’s Wellington campus was amongst the hosts of the Absa Cape Epic – the premier mountain-bike stage race in the world.

The picturesque campus served as the race village for two nights during the 20th edition of the gruelling race, which included 613 km of racing.

In addition, the University was proudly represented by an alumni team, consisting of husband-and-wife team Etnard and Sarita Louw who officially became Epic Legends this year.

Etnard, a former development engineer at the French South African Institute of Technology, obtained his MTech in Electrical Engineering in 2016 while Saritha holds a B.Ed Intermediate and Senior Phase.

Etnard said it was a was a great experience to tackle the race together.

“We have raced together in a stage race once before but the Epic is a different beast and you have to approach it with a different mindset. We worked together well and knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

However, there were also a few challenges along the way.

“We had two close calls on the last two stages of the Epic with Etnard puncturing his tyre and crashing on the last day. Thankfully, we handled it well and were able to finish. After a hard week of difficult stages, that is the last thing you want to happen so close to the finish line,” Sarita said.

The team finished 14th in the mixed category out of 50 teams that finished and 200th out of the 710 teams that started the race.

Etnard said this year’s race was extra special as the couple both became part of the Legends Club.

“After completing three Absa Cape Epics, you become part of the Legends club and you receive your ‘amabubesi’ medal and shirt. That is what made this time round even more special because both of us finished our third Cape Epic and we did it as a team and we couldn’t ask for a better way of celebrating it than together.”

They thanked CPUT and the Marketing and Communication Department’s Cathy Cloete “from the bottom of our hearts for this amazing opportunity and for the chance to participate in this prestigious event and making our dream a reality. We are truly grateful”.