Maties wants more diversity

2013-05-02 09:32
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Cape Town - The Stellenbosch University council has approved a new strategy that will see more non-white students join the student population.

Over the next five years, the university will aim for a 50% white and 50% non-white student population, reported the Cape Argus.

At the moment, the student profile is about 67% white and 33% coloured, black and Indian.

The decision is based on an action plan and strategy for 2013 to 2018, developed by university management “to create an institution where a welcoming culture, equity, diversity and transformation can flourish”.

The university’s Mohamed Shaikh said there would be Afrikaans and English classes with “educational interpreting into the other language” (for example, Afrikaans classes to English, and vice versa).  

Rector and vice-chancellor Professor Russel Botman said:  “In this way, the university will be able to reach its diversity objectives much faster, and by 2018 the institution should have a diversity profile where coloured, black and Indian students will make up 50% of the number of enrolled students."

He said other key points of the plan were to fast-track the change in the demographic profile of students and staff and to transform the institution regarding academic programmes as well as new modes of teaching and learning.  

“The point of departure for the new policy is placement based on academic merit, supported by additional criteria of nationality, language, race, first generation and financial need to enhance diversity and inclusivity in all our residences,” Shaikh said.  

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