Equipping newly appointed academic staff at CUT with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate academia

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Equipping newly appointed academic staff at CUT with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate academia

Group of participants and presenters at the 2024 academic induction programme.


The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the Central University of Technology organised an induction programme for newly appointed academic staff at the Protea Hotel, Willow Lake. The induction programme was designed to provide essential knowledge and skills to freshly appointed academics and established scholars, along with acquainting them with CUT's context, the University of Technology's approach to teaching, learning, assessment, and available resources and opportunities. The attendees, mostly young academics, were provided the much-needed support to thrive in their academic pursuits by a team of over 15 experts, including support staff, academics, and academic leaders. Professor Pamela Dube, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, graced the event with her presence.

In her welcome message, Prof. Dube emphasised the institution's vision based on Ubuntu. She stressed the need for the institution to engage in teaching, research, and community engagement, creating a space for social and technological innovations that benefit society.

The induction ceremony at CUT, led by Professor Ntsoaki Malebo, Senior Director of CILT was a highlight of the university's 20th anniversary celebration. During the ceremony, she stated that CILT brings innovation and creativity to the learning process, ensuring that students are well-equipped to face future challenges.

The CILT fully supports the institution's Vision 2030 statement, positioning CUT as Africa's leading university of technology, shaping the future through innovation by 2030. The three-day gathering proved that CUT is thinking beyond, and the calibre of recruits, a mix of experienced and energetic youth, is a testament to the institution's strategic goals. These goals include developing a strong research culture and attracting, developing, and retaining staff as the university's most important asset.

From left: Mr Xolani Khohliso, Deputy Director: Curriculum and Academic Staff Development, Prof. Pamela Dube, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, and Prof. Ntsoaki Malebo, Senior Director of CILT.


The program comprehensively covered the institution's technological learning requirements and introduced various support programs to facilitate student-centred learning. CUT prioritises staff development and offers various initiatives, such as PGDIP, SOTL, workshops, research funding, and mentoring opportunities. Faculty members were encouraged to embrace academic culture, enhance their skills, and build a robust academic community.

Uploaded: 14 March 2024
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