In this week’s varsity RUNDOWN
26 Vice-chancellors to meet up with the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to discuss plans on how deal with the crisis of Gender based violence.
Professor Ahmed Bawa, chief executive officer of Universities South Africa confirmed that a preparatorymeeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will take place today.
The University of Cape Town has put in place a range of measures in the hopes of keeping staff and students safe. It introduced what is called, a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender violence. The institution
also created an online reporting tool to ensure that the reporting of such incidents is easier.
The department of Tourism together with the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism launched the National Tourism Careers Expo 2019 in North West.
This year the NTCE 2019 will take on a three day expo starting on the 19-21 September at the ROYAL Marang Hotel, Those learners between Grade 9-12, FET college students, unemployed graduates and university
students are encouraged to partake in this programme.
In Varsity Sports
In men’s Varsity football, the University of Western Cape sits top of log after 7 rounds of battling it out on the
field all the way to the semi-finals.
It all started with eight teams which fought for a chance to make it to the finals and now we gear up for semi-finals round 8 where the Tswane University of Technology football team will go head to head with University of Pretoria at the UWC Sports stadium later this afternoon at 4.
While on the other hand the Univerisity of Cape Town looks to claim the victory as it goes against North West University, in a bid to make the finals. Round 9 of the final match will take place on the 26th of September.
Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era
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.
SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun
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”
Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf
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.