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Monday, 03 August 2020

CPUT and USAF to host transformation webinar

REMODELLING AGENDA: The Universities South Africa will host the virtual Transformation Webinar, Series 2: Teaching and Learning Practices and Assessments at CPUT. REMODELLING AGENDA: The Universities South Africa will host the virtual Transformation Webinar, Series 2: Teaching and Learning Practices and Assessments at CPUT.

The Universities South Africa (USAF) Transformation Managers Forum (TMF) is collaborating with SA’s 26 universities on a series of transformation webinars. CPUT will host the virtual Transformation Webinar, Series 2: Teaching and Learning Practices and Assessments on 7 August from 16h00 to 18h30.

The panellists are Prof Rishidaw Balkaran, DVC: Teaching and Learning, Prof Penelope Engel-Hills, Dean: Health and Wellness Sciences and Siya Sabata, Acting HOD: Curriculum, Fundani. The respondent is Prof Chris Winberg, Ministerial Transformation Oversight Committee, and South African Research Chair (Work and Learning) while it will be moderated by Brightness Mangolothi, Director: HERS-SA.   

Prof Paul Green, Chairperson of the CPUT Institutional Transformation Forum (ITF), says the main purpose of this collaboration is to encourage universities to promote transformation and decolonisation agenda discourse across their areas of focus. “These conversations are part of a journey towards redressing past inequalities and social justice deficits as well as addressing digital transformation in responding to fundamental mandates of teaching, learning, research, and community engagements in the context of social justice,” Green explains.

In encouraging the staff to be part of the Webinar, Green who is also the Dean of Faculty of Business and Management Sciences says: “I also urge DVC’s, executives, deans, and directors to ensure that transformation is incorporated in the performance management of all line managers and assessed as such. A transformation is therefore a powerful tool for reinventing our university to be ‘One Smart CPUT’ and enhance ‘Oneness and Smartness’ through diversity and inclusivity”. 

He encourages faculties, units, and departments to ensure that transformation is a standing agenda item for their meetings. 

The TMF is representative of all Transformation Directors of the 26 universities and they work in partnership with the ITFs of all universities. TMF accounts to the USAF and Ministerial Transformation Oversight Committee of Higher Education.

Director of Transformation, Social Cohesion and Diversity Unit, Nonkosi Tyolwana who also serves on the Steering Committee of the TMF, says this programme will assist CPUT to accelerate the transformation imperatives of higher education and ensure that “No Student is left Behind” due to equity and socio-economic background. “Transformation is a constitutional obligation and not a choice. It is high time that everyone takes responsibility and ensures that it is mainstreamed in our work,” she says.

She adds that the university community needs to have a continuous conversation on how ‘we can build Our Smart CPUT from the transformation lens’. “We need more conversations, dialogues public lecture and above all transformation and decolonisation must find expression in the content of what we teach, research agendas, and curriculum.

“Student and staff [member] life and experiences must be informed by a transformed agenda. Transformation can reinvent CPUT for a Smart CPUT with the digital transformation that takes cognisance of social justice,” Tyolwana remarks.

For inquiries please liaise with Nonkosi Tyolwana: TyolwanaN@cput.ac.za

RSVP: CorneliusV@cput.ac.za and felicity@usaf.ac.za

Written by Aphiwe Boyce

Email: boyceap@cput.ac.za

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