UCT alumni triumph in social impact challenge
19 December, 2018
Three University of Cape Town graduates who met while studying information systems at UCT are among the winners of Google’s first Impact Challenge for South Africa, earning them US$250 000 in funding for their career guidance technology.
Unathi September, Lebogang Diale and Rudzani Mulaudzi met while studying information systems, graduating in 2011 with honours. They have worked together on Gradesmatch ever since, first as a voluntary project to provide important career information to learners in rural and township schools, and since 2016 on a full-time basis.
“We enable learners to make well-informed career decisions,” says September.
The Gradesmatch app, where learners can enter in their subjects and marks and be linked to suitable tertiary institutions and qualifications, is just the start. The team now intends to expand into Africa and become a primary source of career guidance and financial aid.
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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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