CUT holds transformation summit

2018-06-06 06:00

Prof. Henk de Jager, vice-chancellor and principal of the Central University of Technology (CUT), said the institution would focus on an innovation eco-system as one part of the transformation to address challenges in the society.

He was speaking during the institution’s Transformation in Higher Education summit held on 10 May in Bloemfontein.

“Whatever we are doing here must have a positive impact either through teaching programmes, research, or innovation.

“There are still areas that need attention.

“These include language policy matters, curriculum transformation, programme in qualification mix, articulation, teaching and learning, and student learning support,” he said.

De Jager said part of transformation would be to address challenges around the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), accommodation, safety, staff and students with disability accessibility.

“Universities are looking at reinventing transformation programmes to the ones that are goal driven and mobilising active participation of staff and students.

“Transformation is all about change and my dream is to see CUT becoming a transformed university committed to both individuals and the well-being of a wider society.

“We will be embarking on this process for the rest of this year and the results will be revised and aligned with the South African Human Rights Commission report on transformation within universities.

“I want the CUT community to strengthen the foundation and the building blocks of a university of technology through courageous efforts in unity.”

Prof. André Keet, chairperson of the Ministerial Transformation Oversight Committee, said that universities were key public institutions that gene­rate different sets of social orders.

“I am convinced about the importance of our public university sector in unfolding proper and deep democracy.

“Our investments and energies in the transformation project is a key national and regional priority looking at the African Union’s strategic plan for 2016,” Keet said.

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