TUT ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
Vol3 No3 | 2018
It is business unusual in higher education
TUT in the News
Update from the VC
Celebrated songstress Gloria Bosman
performs at first-ever arts festival
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I trust that you will find this, the 3rd edition of 2018, interesting and fun to read.
The usual features are full of valuable information, especially the link in the ‘It is business unusual in higher eduction’ on the new Higher Education Qualification Sub Framework explaining the new proposed degree structure.
Dr Gerhard van Wyk’s contribution features his second article in the series on entrepreneurship, which promises to be very informative.
We congratulate both men and ladies football teams on becoming the 2018 Varsity Football Champions after winning their respective finals. These results were accomplished notwithstanding the fact that both teams were not allowed to play any games at home during the 2018 season.
The Faculty of the Arts hosted the first-ever TUT Arts Festival on their campus, receiving rave reviews and positive feedback from the community at large. TUT Alumna, Gloria Bosman, was the guest artist and main attraction with a standing ovation at the end of her performance.
We look forward to 2019, during which TUT will celebrate its 15th birthday. We are particularly proud of having developed into the #1 University of Technology in South Africa and, our recent ranking by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking as #9in the country and among the top 800 to 1 000 best universities in the world.
Best Alumni regards.
YOUR VIEW MATTERS
All you have to do, is answer the following question (don’t fret, you should get the answer somewhere in this edition): Where did Rostislava Pashkevitch obtain her PhD?
Please send your answer, name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 December 2018. Please mark the subject field: COMPETITION.
Congratulations to our previous winner Phumelelo Chaane
Only TUT alumni can enter.
Editor: Willa de Ruyter
Contributors: Gerrit Bester and Gerhard Van Wyk.
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We have almost come to the end of an exciting academic year, packed with highlights and achievements.
Update from the VC
One of the undisputed highlights of 2018 is that TUT maintained its position as the number one University of Technology in South Africa and Africa. In early in November 2018 the World University Rankings have ranked TUT among the top 1 000 universities globally for the first time ever and number 9 in South Africa. In the same report TUT’s Physical Sciences saw itself ranked among word-renowned universities such as Princeton, Harvard and Stanford, taking position 301 out of 400 in the world.
This is concrete proof of TUT’s strong academic brand and academic project. TUT is definitely taking its rightful place as a reputable institution of quality in higher education globally.
Celebrating fourteen years of going from strength to strength, graduations 2018 were marked by a number of firsts. The Spring Graduations saw TUT’s first four PhDs together with 26 Doctor Technologiae degrees, conferred on successful candidates. The Faculty of Science awarded three Doctor of Philosophy in Science and the Faculty of Engineering and The Built Environment (FEBE) awarded its first Doctor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering. FEBE also conferred a dual doctorate under the F’SATI programme.
In the latest addition to its list of honorary doctorates, TUT also welcomed Tlou Cholo, labour activist and struggle stalwart, whom we recognised for a lifetime dedicated to the fight for justice and social accountability, by awarding the highest academic accolade, an honorary doctorate (Doctor Technologiae Honoris Causa), to him. Previous recipients of Honorary Doctorates include the late Adelaide Tambo and Graça Machel, widow of the late President .
I continue to be delighted by the many ways in which TUT impacts communities country-wide through community service and other projects. Two projects that stood out for me, were the PPS Foundation’s donation of twenty boxes of food parcels, containing seven thousand meals that were distributed to less advantaged students at the Soshanguve Campuses during
the examinations in December. The donation is indeed very welcome, especially since examinations for students at the Soshanguve campuses started much later than the rest of TUT. This of course, is as a result of student protest action late in August, after concerns were raised around alleged irregularities in the 2018/2019 SRC elections, which subsequently resulted in the three-week long suspension of activities at the Soshanguve Campuses.
We are also excited about a project from which rural farmers and the Tshiombo Tribal Council in Venda stand to benefit hugely. A newly designed multidisciplinary cooperative business model to produce indigenous vegetables, which forms part of the SARChI Research Programme in Phytochemical Food Network, will assist the farmers in the production of vegetables as well as reducing crop losses.
The findings of the particular research programme indicated that regulating the drying process of leafy crops, could minimise the loss of colour, functional compounds and minerals. Thus a solar dryer was erected in the area in collaboration with a private business partner, to assist these communities to improve farming practices and their livelihoods.
I would love to talk about all the great things happening at TUT, but space does not permit it. Elsewhere in this edition of Our Beat, we also reflect on other highlights of the year.
In closure, I would like to wish everyone a blessed and joyous festive season. Please treasure this time with family, friends and loved ones and take care on the roads.
Untill we talk again in 2019, all the best.
performs at first-ever
Should be the next step for Entrepreneurs after having finalised their Vision and Mission Statements
“Objectives can be compared to a compass bearing by which a ship navigates. A compass bearing is firm, but “in actual navigation, a ship may veer off its course for many miles. Without a compass bearing, a ship would neither find its port nor be able to estimate the time required to get there”
When looking at objectives they could be personal, or business orientated. In short, setting objectives should move us to action. The best way to go about setting objectives is to align it with the company vision and mission.
Objectives could be short-term, 12 to 24 months or longer-term, normally 5 years maximum. Setting objectives is typically the responsibility of management, or for start-ups, that of the business owner. Setting objectives should not be done in isolation. It is important to involve all stakeholders who will be involved in the execution of the objectives.
Objectives should preferably meet the smart principal:
S = Specific
What needs to be done and by whom?
Increase sales per sales representative in the spares division by 10% per month using the January 2016 sales as the base information to make the projection.
M = Measurable
How will it be measured for example; increase sales revenue from R100 k per month to R110 k per month
A = Attainable
Although objectives need to be a stretch from the current position they also need to be attainable. Setting objectives that are clearly unattainable is a waste of time, energy and resources.
R– Realistic and Timely
Realistic objectives are those that could be attained within the period allocated and are timely, given the phase of execution in which the organisation finds itself.
Company and or marketing objectives need to be set based on a clear understanding of any company growth or a sustainable agenda, since setting objectives is pointless if they are not properly resourced. Constantly ask yourself, in order to deliver on the set objectives – what is needed and what resources are required? Once the entrepreneur sets the objectives, they need to be communicated to the rest of the organisation.
The setting of poor or weak objectives will lead to the achievement of poor or weak results.
Example of a good business objective - Focus Areas: Financial Growth, Customer Satisfaction, Innovation, Product Growth, People, Culture, Processes and Operations:
Go ahead, formulate and share your objectives in preparation of our next discussion. “Conducting a situation analysis”. As Entrepreneurs, we must continuously evaluate the Macro (external) and Micro (internal) environments we operate in before we conduct a SWOT analysis or start with the formulation of market strategies.
IT IS BUSINESS UNUSUAL IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The Tshwane University of Technology has been working tirelessly to prepare for the implementation from 2019 of the new HEQSF aligned qualifications. The HEQSF aims at improving the mobility of students to move between qualifications, as well as institutions, more efficiently. This is exciting news for Alumni who, as they pursue their academic or professional careers, would like to further their studies.
The revised HEQSF simplifies some of the parameters of qualification types such as credit specification within a qualification.
In line with the previous framework, it provides the basis for integrating all higher education qualifications into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It also provides a basis for standards development and quality assurance.It provides a mechanism for improving the coherence of the higher education system and indicates the articulation routes between qualifications, thereby enhancing the flexibility of the system and enabling students to move more efficiently over time from one programme to another as they pursue their academic or professional careers.
A very important consideration was public confidence in academic standards, which requires public understanding of the achievements represented by higher education qualifications. The HEQSF is thus designed to ensure a consistent use of qualification titles and their designators and qualifiers.
The revised HEQSF recognises three broad qualification progression routes with permeable boundaries, namely, vocational, professional and general routes and provides greater clarity on the articulation possibilities between these qualification routes:
The HEQSF establishes common parameters and criteria for qualifications design and facilitates the comparability of qualifications across the system. Within such common parameters programme diversity and innovation are encouraged. Higher education institutions have a broad scope within which to design educational offerings to realise their different visions, missions and plans and to meet the varying needs of the stakeholders and communities they serve.
The HEQSF thus operates within the context of a single, but diverse and differentiated higher education system. It applies to all higher education programmes and qualifications offered in South Africa by public and private institutions. Ultimately, the process is aimed at improving standards and enhance the chances of employability for students and alumni.
One of the Tshwane University of Technology’s most colourful staff members and Musical Theatre guru, Rostislava Pashkevitch, has obtained a PhD: Music (Musicology) from the New Bulgarian University.
The title of her dissertation is An Innovative method of teaching Music in the Musical Theatre Programme of the Tshwane University of Technology – RSA. It was supervised by Prof Dr Elisaveta Vulchinova-Chendova.
“The study was conducted primarily to empower students from the Musical Theatre Programme with practical knowledge of music through Musical Theatre repertoire,” says Dr Pashkevitch, who is a lecturer at the Faculty of the Arts’ Department of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre).
The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Herman Botes, Acting Head of the Department of Visual Communication, has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge on citizen designers with the publication of a new book, which is considered the first of its kind in post-apartheid South Africa.
Educating Citizen Designers in South Africa, the title of the eleven chapter book, aims at sharing critical citizenship design teaching, by including contributions from a range of design educators and one student who work in different design disciplines, such as architecture, graphic and product design.
SunChaser 3, the Tshwane University of Technology’s low budget, high technology solar car, has proved beyond doubt that it is the leading solar car in South Africa. The TUT solar car took the lead nationally in the recent Sasol Solar challenge and obtained a fourth position internationally. The team from the Netherlands won the grueling weeklong challenge from Pretoria to Stellenbosch, having completed a total of 4 147.8 km. TUT’s SunChaser 3 completed 2 397 km, with its major contender, North West University, completing 2 276.3 km.
Among the many international solar vehicle challenges, the South African bases Sasol Solar Challenge is one of the most notorious. The route offers unique and challenging geographical characteristics as well as a rare structure. The aim is to cover the furthest distance possible in eight days, rather than the shortest time between two points of fixed distance.
Breaking new ground for women at the Tshwane University of Technology, Prof Bongazana Dondolo (47) just became the first South African born, black female academic to be inaugurated as a full professor at TUT.
Prof Herbert Maseremule, acting Executive Dean Faculty of Humanities; Dr Bandile Masuku, Chair of the Tshwane University of Technology Council: the newly inaugurated Prof Bongazana Dondolo and TUT’s Prof Stanley Mukhola, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teaching, Learning and Technology.
Prof Dondolo, who was appointed at the University in 2015, is also the first member of her family ever to obtain a doctoral degree.
Her opening line, “How many of you are on Facebook?” had a sea of hands raising. With an infectious laugh she invited the audience, “I hope you are all fervently posting right now!”
Prof Dondolo, who has conducted extensive research into social media, crisis communication as well as psychology, in her lecture demonstrated how these areas of specialisation could help to decipher and predict the behaviour of different generations’ social media use.
Tlou Cholo, labour activist and struggle stalwart, received recognition for a lifetime dedicated to the fight for justice and social accountability. The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) awarded the highest academic accolade, an honorary doctorate (Doctor Technologiae Honoris Causa), to Cholo at its Spring Graduation ceremony at the Soshanguve Campus.
Mr Tlou Cholo, who received an honorary doctorate from TUT today.
“As a people’s university, TUT is proud to associate itself with people who espouse its core values, especially those associated with duty of care and social accountability. Today, the University recognises such a person, Mr Tlou Theophilus Cholo, an avid anti-Apartheid fighter, respected leader in the trade union movement in South Africa, one of the founders of the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) in the 1950’s, and recipient of the SA Government’s Order of Luthuli in Silver (2009). He not only believed in, but also actively fought for the cause of justice and an equal society. In recognition of his selfless devotion and sacrifice to the fight against apartheid towards a more equal society, TUT will bestow an Honorary Doctorate on Mr Cholo and would like to welcome him, as an honoured member, to the TUT family,” said Prof Stanley Mukhola, Deputy Vice-chancellor Teaching, Learning and Technology in his congratulatory remarks.