Programme Renewal has been identified as one of seven game changers by the Rectorate in August 2021. The Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement hosted an institutional workshop entitled Programme renewal as game changer: Imagining graduates of the futures on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 at Devonvale Golf Estate. The workshop was facilitated by Doris Viljoen, Director: Institute for Futures Research at the Stellenbosch Business School and attended by close to a hundred staff members from all 10 faculties and the PASS environment as well as students.
The focus of the day was two-fold: Celebrating the programme renewal journey within faculties so far as well as imagining the desirable SU graduates for a few plausible futures for SU in 2032 – ranging from different degrees of flourishing. Feedback from the brainstorming sessions was harvested and will be included in the review processes of the SU Learning and Teaching Policy, the Strategy for Teaching and Learning and the Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy. Nico Simpson, a conceptual artist also captured the ideas through pictures during the day.
The programme renewal journey at SU started in May 2017, with the first university-wide workshop that focused on programme renewal as facilitated by Gilly Salmon. Since then, great strides have been made through faculty-specific annual programme renewal projects, supported by the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG). This workshop was a pitstop in the journey to date, where faculties could celebrate the good, the bad and the ugly of their programme renewal journeys so far and creatively imagine various plausible futures, which will guide them in their further programme renewal endeavours for 2022 and beyond.