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UCT degree, “a ticket to employment”

Careers service findings reveal that UCT degree provides greater employment opportunities for graduates

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UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng. Image: Esa Alexander (Sowetan LIVE)

This is according to careers service survey findings, which revealed that more than half of the recent University of Cape Town (UCT) graduates have found jobs in the private sector, and one in five are earning more than R20,000 a month.

According to the results of the Quacquarelli Symonds graduate employability rankings, UCT sits top in Africa and in 18th position globally.

Results reveal that around 53% of graduates were working in the private sector, 20% in the public sector and 6% at non-government organisations.

23 % of the institutions’ students were recorded to be earning between R20,000 and R30,000, 16.14% between R15,001 and R20,000, and 5.21% between R5,001 and R7 000.

According to UCT, around 80% of the institutions’ class of 2018 was “meaningfully occupied”, with 44% employed, 31% studying further and nearly 4% self-employed.

A large percentage of students who employed are from the Faculty of Health Sciences, making up 70% and these are medical students. Faculty of Law follows with (63%) of its students employed and with just 11% of 2018 graduates were still seeking work.

Careers service acting director Nawaal Boolay said, “We continue to support these graduates through our online job portal, [one-on-one] career consultations, job expos, and career development workshops,” she said. “Graduates have access to our service for up to three years after graduating.”

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Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era

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In an era where the standard between basic education systems and higher education and training systems are worlds apart. With 30% being good enough to get you a National Senior Certificate, while standards at a tertiary level requires 80%.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, introduces technological advances which are bound to have an impact on every institution within the country.

At the University South Africa’s recent national higher education conference session titled Imagining the exponential and entrepreneurial university of the 21st century, 4IR was at the center of discussions with Prof Bavesh Kana asking “We have all this technological advancement but we still have a lot of human suffering.”

“Is the technology where it needs to be?” he asked.

Taking that the unemployment rate is at its highest reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With a lot of graduates still unemployed.

With the 4IR and looking at our current education system one can not help but ask, How can graduates use their acquired qualifications to ensure that they compatible with the technological revolution?

With those already in school and those about to enter tertiary, what is done to ensure that the cycle of unemployment is broken, is the curriculum altered to accommodate the 4IR and are higher education institutions offering courses which are still of value enough to ensure security for graduates and lastly how are we preparing our institutions’ curriculum to be able to compete at a global scale.

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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MR and MRS City Waldorf Pageant IMAGE: Ndumiso Ngwenya

From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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