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Wednesday, 07 October 2020

All hands on deck for CHE visit

ASSEMBLED: The National Review of Doctoral Qualifications Institutional Coordinator at CPUT, Dr Siyanda Makaula, says the University is ready for a virtual site visit by the national review for doctoral qualifications panel. ASSEMBLED: The National Review of Doctoral Qualifications Institutional Coordinator at CPUT, Dr Siyanda Makaula, says the University is ready for a virtual site visit by the national review for doctoral qualifications panel.

Faculty and support unit coordinators are hard at work ensuring that it’s all systems go for the much anticipated virtual site visit by the national review for doctoral qualifications panel.

 The panel, under the authority of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), aims to measure the extent to which institutional strategies, policies, protocols, and procedures for postgraduate study meet the Doctoral Qualification Standard for both public and private higher education institutions.

The virtual site visit is scheduled for 19 to 22 October.

The National Review of Doctoral Qualifications Institutional Coordinator at CPUT, Dr Siyanda Makaula, says a national review is a quality enhancement exercise, which provides the University with an opportunity to be evaluated by external doctoral education experts in order to ascertain the extent to which the institution meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of the CHE's national doctoral qualification standard.

“This exercise will help us improve in areas that would have been identified by the review panel to be in need of improvement while providing us with an opportunity to demonstrate significant improvements that took place in our doctoral education environment in the past few years,” Makaula explains.

The preparations include electronic evidence files and video clips on a virtual tour of facilities for doctoral students. All participants (including doctoral students, supervisors, examiners, alumni, and many more) have been invited and informed about the doctoral review site visit.  Makaula says the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, and executive management have given them tremendous support.

“All hands are on deck and we are ready to take off. We welcome the national review; we welcome the CHE review panel to CPUT. We are looking forward to a review panel report that will give a critical impression of CPUT's quality of doctoral provision,” he remarks.

During the launch of the institutional CHE review of doctoral qualifications last year, Nhlapo said the University was proud of the research and postgraduate brand “we have created what CPUT has achieved in this short time”.  He said the institution has seven focus areas for applied research: climate change and environment, space science and technology, economic growth and international competitiveness, design for sustainability, human and social dynamics, energy, bio-economy, and biotechnology.

“To date, we have the proud achievement of launching two satellites and setting up our own company, Amaya Space, the first black-owned space technology company,” he said.

Furthermore, in April this year, CPUT submitted the institutional Self Evaluation Report (SER) to CHE based on the Faculty Self Evaluation reports that were all consolidated to one institutional SER. The report reflected the status of doctoral qualification in the institution that pointed out some acceptable practices and facilities available to support students in achieving their qualification.

With this, it is required by CHE to provide all evidence of acceptable practices and resources available to support students. Faculty coordinators have been approached to make evidence readily available during the time of the review.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce

Email: boyceap@cput.ac.za

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