Burst of energy from new UCT lecturers
13 December, 2018
Twenty new, full-time academics have celebrated their completion of the New Academic Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), a holistic programme of professional development for new lecturers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Over the six-month programme, they’ve brought with them energy, new ways of looking at the curriculum and innovative ideas about teaching.
The NAPP, which was established in 2004 and is hosted by UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), is open to new full-time academics with not more than five years’ experience in higher education.
The programme starts with a three-day residential retreat in Stellenbosch and includes two one-day workshops on campus. There are two cohorts of 20 participants each, per semester.
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UCT master’s student in Silicon Valley
05 December, 2018
As one of five South African emerging leaders on the TechWomen programme, an initiative of the United States Department of States’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student Wiebke Toussaint was invited to visit Silicon Valley, the tech mecca of the world.
Aimed at empowering the next generation of women leaders in science, technology and engineering, the programme offers women from 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia the opportunity to expand their networks, share their technical expertise and work towards professional career goals.
Toussaint received her BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, and is registered for her master’s degree in the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research at UCT’s School of Information Technology. She is also a data scientist at the Energy Research Centre in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment.
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27 November, 2018
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Information Technology (IT) has introduced a women-only Girls’ Lounge in a bid to help attract more females to this traditionally male-dominated sector.
Among the reasons women cite for finding IT an unattractive choice is the notion that it involves little other than coding all day. School of IT director Professor Ulrike Rivett said the added issue of gender inequality in the tech sector is not only local, nor is it UCT-specific.
Rivett, the first female full professor in the Department of Information Systems, said the School of IT is working hard to make the sector more attractive to women.
“Women in our department have always shown their excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship, and their many accolades are witness to that,” she said.
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