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Thursday, 29 July 2021

CPUT to host landmark symposium

SHARING KNOWLEDGE: The symposium will provide a space to share research being done regarding Covid-19, research in progress and also planned research projects focusing on Covid-19.  SHARING KNOWLEDGE: The symposium will provide a space to share research being done regarding Covid-19, research in progress and also planned research projects focusing on Covid-19.

CPUT will be hosting a virtual symposium titled: Never let a Crisis go to Waste:  CPUT Research, Innovation, Teaching and Learning in the Age of Covid-19 on 15 September.

The symposium will focus on the following themes: 

  • Health and Wellness Issues
  • Research, Technology Innovation and Product Development During Covid-19
  • Operational Efficiencies and Effectiveness in a Crisis- Lessons Learned
  • New Approaches to Teaching and Learning
  • Leadership and Governance in a Crisis
  • My Lockdown Story - Experiences of Resilience and Hope During Covid-19 at CPUT

Research Director, Prof Dina Burger, said that since the outbreak of Covid-19, CPUT has done exceptionally well in deploying a number of excellent institutional initiatives to fight the disease. 

“The whole institution was confronted with a series of challenges covering all aspects of the academic and administrative support project.  The institution had to find new ways of working in a very short space of time which permeated throughout every department and section of the institution.  No single staff member or student or stakeholder has been left untouched.” 

She said each staff member and student are having their own unique lived experience as a result of Covid-19, with all the anxieties and uncertainties that are associated with this pandemic. 

“This landmark symposium creates an open space for all to share with each other research being done regarding the disease, research in progress about the disease and also planned research projects focusing on Covid-19.  It is envisaged that through sharing our research that we can promote ‘oneness’ across the institution as an illustration that Covid-19 also has the potential not only to bring about smartness amongst us, but it has potential to bring about ‘oneness’ amongst us as a CPUT community,” Burger added.

 All staff members who are interested and have done the research, or who are in the process of finalising their research, are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting their abstracts to Covid19Symposium@cput.ac.za by 16 August 2021. The word count should not exceed 250 words and abstracts should be submitted in Arial 12 format.  A review panel will adjudicate the abstracts and will inform staff members by 30 August 2021 on the outcome of your abstract/s.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za