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World-renowned experiential education researcher at SUEEChttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7744World-renowned experiential education researcher at SUEECStudent Affairs / Studentesake<p style="text-align:left;">​Prof Alice Kolb, a world-renowned research and development expert in the field of experiential education will be one of the extraordinary keynote speakers at the <a href="https://www.sueec.com/">Stellenbosch University Experiential Education Conference (SUEEC)</a> in November 2020.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Prof Kolb, President of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS), will be engaging with the SUEEC participants as one of the extraordinary keynote speakers on the <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-one"><em>Experiential Education and Student Transformation</em></a><strong> </strong>conference track. EBLS, a research and development organisation devoted to research and application of experiential learning in organisations worldwide, she facilitates research and practice initiatives of the international network. EBLS has developed numerous experiential exercises and self-assessment instruments including the latest Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0. She recently co-authored the book titled <em>Becoming an Experiential Educator: Principles and Practices of Experiential Learning</em>. Prof Kolb is passionate about creating spaces conducive to deep learning that offer challenge and support to students. She states that it is essential to create learning spaces that develops expertise and sustained lifelong learning and that experiential educators play a critical role in this.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Prof Alice Kolb received her BA in Japanese Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and MA and Doctorate in Human Resources Management from Hitotsubashi University. She received a MS in Human Resource Management from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Organizational Behaviour, where she was an Adjunct Professor in the Weatherhead School of Management.</p><p style="text-align:left;">“Professor Kolb believes that experiential education is a philosophy, more than the pragmatic framework and stretches beyond formal academic learning. It is much more than utilising diagnostic instruments, and larger than the institution itself. <strong><em>The Principles and Practices in Conversation</em></strong> SUEEC session is simply a must for all experiential educators as part of our ongoing learning" said Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of the SUEEC Steering Committee and Manager of the SU Co-curriculum Office at Centre for Student Leadership, Experiential Education and Citizenship.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Participants at the SUEEC can look forward to a panel conversation themed <em>'Experiential Education and Transformative Learning: Principles and Practices in Conversation'</em>, led by Prof Kolb. The SUEEC is a virtual experience conference hosted by CSLEEC at the Division for Student Affairs on 10-11 November 2020. The focus of the <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-one"><em>Experiential Education and Student Transformation</em></a><strong> </strong>conference track is to highlight approaches and issues facing experiential educators utilizing experiential education theory and methodology as pedagogy towards social justice and student transformation. Other keynote speakers that will be at SUEEC include Profs <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-george-kuh">George Kuh</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-thuli-madonsela">Thuli Madonsela</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-jonathan-jansen">Jonathan Jansen</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-arnold-schoonwinkel">Arnold Schoonwinkel</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-hester-klopper">Hester Klopper</a>, Dr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-choice-makhetha">Choice Makhetha</a> and Mr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-mustafa-erdogan">Mustafa Erdogan</a>.</p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Early bird registration for the SUEEC was open until 20 September 2020, and normal registration is open until 1 November 2020. Join us on 10-11 November 2020 for this virtual experience.<br></li></ul><blockquote style="text-align:left;"><p><strong>Visit </strong><a href="https://www.sueec.com/"><strong>www.sueec.com</strong></a><strong> and register today join the global conversation at SUEEC 2020</strong>.</p></blockquote>
Experiential Learning and Critical Pedagogy Master Trainer at SUEEChttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7745Experiential Learning and Critical Pedagogy Master Trainer at SUEECStudent Affairs / Studentesake<p style="text-align:left;">​An international Master Trainer in critical pedagogy will be one of the extraordinary experiential learning specialists at the <a href="https://www.sueec.com/">Stellenbosch University Experiential Education Conference (SUEEC)</a> in November 2020.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Mustafa Erdogan, President and founder of the DeM Experiential Training Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, will be leading a Master Class on the <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-three"><em>Global citizen-leadership</em></a> conference track. He is the co-developer of the <em>DeM Training for Trainers Program</em>, a practical synthesis of Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory and Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed which he has delivered to 350+ educators from 13 countries. </p><p style="text-align:left;">As an experiential learning specialist and Master Trainer, Mustafa Erdogan has more than 15 years' experience in the field of civil society and has worked as a trainer for the European Union Education & Youth Programs. He completed Experiential Learning Certification Program of USA Institute for Experiential Learning delivered by David Kolb, Alice Kolb, Kay Peterson and Chris Kayes  and is an active member of this Community of Practice. Mr. Erdogan leads train-the-trainer master classes and program designing in numerous projects in Turkey, Europe and MENA regions. He carries expertise on Learning Management, NGO Management and Experiential Learning Design. He has been working as a trainer in pool of Turkish National Agency since 2006. He is one of the founders of IELN International Experiential Learning Network and his works are mainly focused on Experiential Learning and Critical Pedagogy. He believes that rights-based social transformation is only possible through social transformation-based education. </p><p style="text-align:left;">“The ability to connect academia with civil society through citizen-leadership, forms an indispensable element for a robust democracy. Mustafa Erdogan's master class is a must for everyone seeking to embed a social justice framework in experiential learning design that leads to precisely this"  said Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of the SUEEC Steering Committee and Manager of the SU Co-curriculum Office at the Centre for Student Leadership, Experiential Education and Citizenship. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Erdogan will be presenting a master class at the the SUEEC, a virtual experience conference hosted by CSLEEC at the Division for Student Affairs on 10-11 November 2020. The <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-three"><em>Global citizen-leadership</em></a> conference track seeks to build understanding of the role of experiential education towards the formation of the global citizen-leader and the inherent complexities thereof. Other keynote speakers that will be at SUEEC include Profs <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-george-kuh">George Kuh</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-alice-kolb">Alice Kolb</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-thuli-madonsela">Thuli Madonsela</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-jonathan-jansen">Jonathan Jansen</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-arnold-schoonwinkel">Arnold Schoonwinkel</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-hester-klopper">Hester Klopper</a> and Dr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-choice-makhetha">Choice Makhetha</a>.</p><ul><li>Early bird registration for the SUEEC was open until 20 September 2020, and normal registration is open until 1 November 2020. Join us on 10-11 November 2020 for this virtual experience.<br></li></ul><blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:left;"><strong>Visit </strong><a href="https://www.sueec.com/"><strong>www.sueec.com</strong></a><strong> and register today join the global conversation at SUEEC 2020</strong>.</p></blockquote>
SU’s top students honoured at Rector’s Awardshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7717SU’s top students honoured at Rector’s AwardsCorporate Communication/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Rozanne Engel]<p>​<br></p><p>Stellenbosch University (SU)'s top students who excelled in areas such as academics, leadership and social impact were honoured with Rector's Awards for Excellent Achievement during an online event on Thursday evening (01 October 2020).</p><p>In his opening address, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said that student success has always been an important priority to him since he became Rector in 2015. </p><p>“Without students, there is no university, but neither would there be a university without staff. So, we need each other to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that higher education offers us – the chance to broaden our minds and enrich lives, not only our own, but to make a positive impact in society broadly speaking," said De Villiers.</p><p>Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, congratulated all the recipients and said that SU was proud to provide development opportunities to students inside and outside the classroom. </p><p>“We feel truly honoured to spend time with such excellent young people. They have made a positive difference at Stellenbosch University, demonstrating excellence on diverse terrains of student life and they are likely to make significant contributions in our country and beyond," said Schoonwinkel.</p><p>Renaldo Schwarp, who received the Student Representative Council (SRC) Award for Exceptional Alumni from outgoing chair Lewis Mboko, was the guest speaker at the event.</p><p>Schwarp is a digital media specialist, radio host and award-winning television presenter and producer, who graduated with a BA degree (Drama and Theatre Studies) from SU in 2012 and thereafter, in 2013, completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education.</p><p>With more than eight years' experience across multiple platforms within the South African media and broadcast landscape, he currently leads digital at Jacaranda FM, one of South Africa's leading commercial radio stations. He was listed as one of Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2019 and received a Koker Youth Award at the 2019 Afrikaanse Taalraad (ATR) Koker Awards.</p><p>In his speech, Schwarp congratulated and encouraged students to be “authentic" and take control of their life stories, so they can get better at creating and sustaining resilience.</p><p>“Part of living a happy and wholehearted life has to do with letting yourself (your story) be seen fully. By accepting my story – all of it – and sharing it, I have realised who I am and what my purpose is as a young queer African. The moment I was honest about who I am, what I want to do and where I want to go, the stars aligned."</p><p>In 2019 Schwarp was recognised for his persistent and though-provoking work of reshaping LGBTI+ and coloured narratives across South Africa. In 2019, he executive produced and directed <em>SKEEF: Die Dokumentêr</em>, an independently produced and internationally recognised film on the lived experiences of LGBTI+ South Africans.</p><p>“One of the biggest lesson that I have learned over the years is that it is okay to say, 'yeah, I did a great job' or 'I think I would be great for that position', and 'yeah I deserve this award', because playing small should have no space in your story. As young people, African youth, the sooner we realise authenticity is the birthplace to connection, the better. Owning your power, your skills, and what you can offer the world is one of the greatest qualities you can give to others," said Schwarp.</p><p>The following students were the recipients of the <strong>SU Medal for Top Magister Student</strong>: Esethu Monakali (Arts and Social Sciences), Sarah Selkirk (Science), Alexandra Rust (AgriScience), Willem Wilken (Economic and Management Sciences), Juletha-Marie Dercksen (Law), Ashwin Thyssen (Theology), Marno du Plessis (Engineering), Dr Johan de Wet (Medicine and Health Sciences) and Mariana Clift (Education).</p><p>The other students that received awards for co-curricular achievements were:</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Contribution to Culture: </strong>Amber Dawn Fox-Martin</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Social Impact: </strong>Emer Butler, Afua Duah, Eugene Greyling, Mlungisi Khumalo and Luigia Nicholas</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Service Provision: </strong>Anthony Andrews, Melt Hugo, Danyca Breedt and Taydren van Vuren</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Leadership</strong>: Wamahlubi Ngoma, Ntsako Mtileni, Bradley Frolick, Zimbili Sibiya, Zintle Tunce, Akhona Xotyeni, Louiso du Pisanie, Ella Van Rensburg, Tebogo Mphahlele, Mokgeseng Ramaisa, Azhar Nadkar and Kristan Sharpley</p><p>The following students from these faculties also received excellence awards for their academic achievements:</p><p><strong>Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences: </strong></p><ul><li>Hanne Mertens</li><li>Jamie Stolk</li><li>Willem Odendaal</li><li>Benjamin Rayner</li><li>Karo Van Zyl</li><li>Cayley Tarr</li><li>Tyron Cameron</li><li>Meshaan Adelhelm</li><li>Bianca Theron</li><li>Kirsten Dennis</li><li>Daniel Claassen</li><li>Michael Steyn</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:</strong></p><ul><li>Dylan Thwaits</li><li>Liesl Lamprecht</li><li>Cameron Williams</li><li>Marguerite Ewert</li><li>Kristen Harding</li><li>Keilidh Clapperton</li><li>David Wolfswinkel</li><li>Tessa Collington-O'Malley</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Engineering:</strong></p><ul><li>Marco Ribeiro</li><li>Hans Zietsman</li><li>Daniel Van Niekerk</li><li>Tessa Hall</li><li>Aidan Biet</li><li>Chrystal Udall</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Law:</strong></p><ul><li>Ferdinand Botha and Reshard Kolabhai.</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of AgriSciences:</strong></p><ul><li>Heinrich Geldenhuys</li><li>Juan Sebastian Nieto Lawrence</li><li>Carla Dippenaar</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Science:</strong></p><ul><li>Dario Trinchero</li><li>Conrad Strydom</li><li>Jacobie Mouton</li><li>Bryce John Foster</li><li>Michael-Phillip Smith</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences:</strong></p><ul><li>Inge Du Toit</li><li>Brandon Franckeiss</li><li>Saskia Louw</li><li>Isabelle Koeul</li><li>Misha Erasmus</li><li>Anja Kruger</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Education:</strong></p><ul><li>Mariana Clift</li></ul><p><strong>Faculty of Theology:</strong></p><ul><li>Karla Smit and Micaela Wahl<br><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Bridging the gap between academia and job opportunities with Stellenbosch University's New Techpreneurship Cenhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7700Bridging the gap between academia and job opportunities with Stellenbosch University's New Techpreneurship CenInnovus & LaunchLab<p>​</p><p>In February 2021 the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab in partnership with SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking will be launching its newly established SU Techpreneurship Centre. The goal is to provide final year students and/or recent graduates with an opportunity to be part of a 6-week coding and entrepreneurship programme. They will then be placed with a startup and/or industry partner in the form of a fixed-term internship to work on real-world problems and/or projects.</p><p> Keenan Stewart, Senior Service Delivery Manager from SU LaunchLab, said the Techpreneurship Centre will leverage off Stellenbosch University expertise in Data Science, Machine Learning, Robotics & Business Incubation to promote entrepreneurial activities while providing students with a pragmatic learning environment, as well as job placement into companies upon graduation.</p><p> “The new SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking would support and develop a coding programme, while the SU LaunchLab will focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and business fundamentals through its incubation program. The result will be an inspiring, pragmatic, entrepreneurial initiative for all SU students," said Stewart.</p><p> In terms of SU's Vision 2040 the initiative sees this collaboration contributing to creating a transformative student experience in that this learning journey will provide a seamless transition into the workforce through practical experience with SU LaunchLab startups and its partners.</p><p>Stewart said students and graduates will have the opportunity to learn coding skills for mobile application and web development, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation and soft skills needed in modern-day business. “We will curate a custom learning journey for developers to gain the most relevant skills required for a tech-enabled business."</p><p> In Sub-Saharan Africa as many as 230 million jobs will require digital skills by 2030 – illustrating how crucial future demand for work-ready graduates is.  SU Techpreneurship Centre will create a critical link between classroom studies and real-world experience by providing a tested path to startup companies eager for a junior developer pipeline.</p><p> <strong>Important dates</strong></p><p>●      Applications open: 01 Oct 2020</p><p>●      Applications close: 15 Nov 2020</p><p>●      Interviews:  19 Nov 2020</p><p>●      Selection:  23 Nov 2020</p><p>●      Program: 01 Feb 2021 - 12 Mar 2021</p><p>●      Internship: 01 Apr 2021 - 30 Sep 2021</p><p> If you are interested and would like to pre-sign up for the program, please complete form<a href="https://airtable.com/shrQ6KfgNBva5CVyW"> </a><a href="https://airtable.com/shrQ6KfgNBva5CVyW">HERE</a>.<br></p><p><br></p>
Experiential Education expert at SUEEChttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7695Experiential Education expert at SUEECStudent Affairs / Studentesake<p>​A world renowned subject-matter expert and knowledge creator in the field of experiential education will be one of the extraordinary keynote speakers at the <a href="https://www.sueec.com/">Stellenbosch University Experiential Education Conference (SUEEC)</a> in November 2020.</p><p>Prof George Kuh, Founding Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus at Indiana University (IU), will be engaging with the SUEEC participants as one of the extraordinary keynote speakers on <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-tracks"><em>Research and Innovation in Experiential Education</em></a><em> </em>conference track. Prof Kuh accredited with founding some of the most important tools and frameworks used within higher education today, has more than 400 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, university student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. His recent books include <em>Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education</em> (2015), <em>Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale</em> (2013), <em>High Impact Practices</em> (2008), <em>Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle</em> (2007), and <em>Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter </em>(2005, 2010).</p><p>As Founder of IU's Centre for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement and related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and faculty, Kuh also took the first-ever in-depth look at the factors that help or hinder the careers of graduates of arts-intensive training high schools and postsecondary institutions as the founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.</p><p>Prof Kuh will be presenting a master class about <a href="https://sueec.com/conference-track-five"><em>Research and Innovation in Experiential Education</em></a><em> </em>at the SUEEC, a virtual experience conference hosted by Centre for Student Leadership, Experiential Education and Citizenship (CSLEEC) at the Division for Student Affairs on 10-11 November 2020. The <em>Research and Innovation in Experiential Education</em> conference track explores experiential education and experiential learning as expanding frontiers in higher educational research and innovation in responding to pressing humanitarian needs and issues of social justice. Experiential education as integrated in the curriculum presents exciting new opportunities for scholarship and research. A rigorous and well-developed scholarship agenda in the area of experiential education can lead to innovation moving institutions beyond current limitations.</p><p>“It is an incredible privilege and honour to have Prof Kuh present a Keynote and Master Class at the SUEEC. His work continues to influence our theoretical approach and experiential learning methodology," said Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of the SUEEC Steering Committee and Manager of the SU Co-curriculum Office at CSLEEC.  Other keynote speakers that will be at SUEEC include Profs <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-alice-kolb">Alice Kolb</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-thuli-madonsela">Thuli Madonsela</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-jonathan-jansen">Jonathan Jansen</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-arnold-schoonwinkel">Arnold Schoonwinkel</a>, <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-hester-klopper">Hester Klopper</a>, Dr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-choice-makhetha">Choice Makhetha</a> and Mr <a href="https://sueec.com/speakers-mustafa-erdogan">Mustafa Erdogan</a>.</p><ul><li>Early bird registration for the SUEEC was open until 20 September 2020, and normal registration is open from 21 September until 27 October 2020. Join us on 10-11 November 2020 for this virtual experience.<br> <br><strong>Visit </strong><a href="https://www.sueec.com/"><strong>www.sueec.com</strong></a><strong> and register today join the global conversation at SUEEC 2020</strong>. </li></ul>
Two from Innovus receives SARIMA Excellence Awardshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7682Two from Innovus receives SARIMA Excellence AwardsInnovus <p>​​Two Innovus staff members received national acclaim for their contribution to innovation management in the technology transfer field of expertise in South Africa.<br></p><p>Innovus' Dr Madelein Kleyn, Director Technology Transfer and Camille de Villiers, Technology Transfer Officer, each received an award at the Annual Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) Excellence Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in Research and Innovation Management in Southern Africa. </p><p>Dr Kleyn received the DSI-SARIMA Award for Distinguished Contribution in Innovation Management. This award recognises individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the Research Management or Innovation Management profession. A specific contribution should have been made in the period under review (2019), but nominations should be in respect of leaders in their respective fields. They are recognised beyond their organisation for their broad contribution to the profession over many years. </p><p>In announcing the award, Dr Therina Theron, Senior Director Research and Innovation at SU's Division for Research Development and also President of SARIMA, said: “Amongst a list of accolades, Dr Kleyn generously shares her knowledge and expertise with professional innovation management colleagues and peers across the globe. She provides guidance and assistance to several institutions which require guidance on Intellectual Property (IP) knowledge, capacity and expertise, especially to universities. " </p><p>De Villiers, who has been at Innovus for almost three years, received the DSI-SARIMA Award for Early Career Excellence in Innovation Management. This award recognises individuals who are newcomers to the Research or Innovation Management professions. Nominees must have less than five years' experience in any of the core elements that make up a Research Management or Innovation Management function, whether they were in a formal organisational office or not.</p><p>Amongst her many achievements, Anita Nel, Chief Director Innovation and Business Development, highlighted De Villiers' involvement in actively and efficiently managing the IP protection, prosecution and commercialisation of over twenty projects at Innovus in 2019. “Camille has closed several commercialisation agreements on these projects while assisting with incubation of two potential Innovus spin-out companies. Also, she has successfully proposed, raised funding for and managed the establishment of two new initiatives at Stellenbosch University: the annual SU Hackathon, and the Stellenbosch Network."</p><p>Nel congratulated Kleyn and De Villiers, saying that both are exceptional in their respective positions. “Both Madelein and Camille deserve this recognition for the incredible work they are doing at Innovus. In the short time that they have been part of the Innovus team, they have added great value to the work we do." <br><br></p><p><strong><em>About SARIMA</em></strong></p><p><em>The Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) is a membership organisation that brings together research and Innovation practitioners to strengthen these disciplines and institutional capabilities. It provides a platform for the promotion and facilitation of best practice in research and innovation management in Southern Africa. For more information, visit www.sarima.co.za.</em></p><p><strong><em>About Innovus</em></strong></p><p><em>Innovus is the university-industry interaction and innovation platform of </em><a href="/"><em>Stellenbosch University</em></a><em> (SU). Innovus is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation at the University. Amongst its activities to commercialise the assets of SU, Innovus manages the commercialisation of the University's innovation and intellectual property portfolio through patenting, licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.</em></p><p><br></p>
New SRC Chair vows to address student issueshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7675New SRC Chair vows to address student issuesCorporate Communication/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Rozanne Engel]<p>​</p><p>The newly elected Stellenbosch University (SU) Student Representative Council (SRC) Chairperson, Mr Xola Njengele, says he is committed to addressing the pressing issues of Matie students.</p><p>Njengele is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.</p><p>“I am so honoured to have been elected to this position. I have been in leadership here at the University since my first year in 2017, so student leadership is something I enjoy being part of," says Njengele.</p><p>Having been part of the 2019/20 SRC as the Academic Affairs Council Chairperson and being part of the SRC executive committee, Njengele is quite knowledgeable about the structure itself as well as some of the pressing issues that need the attention of the SRC. </p><p>He would like to ensure that through a coordinated effort policies such as the mental health policy and anti-gender-based violence policies and the revision of the SU HEMIS (Higher Education Management Information System) regulations will be intentionally and fully addressed with favourable outcomes within the 2020/21 SRC term.</p><p>The issue of student mental health is especially important to Njengele, as he personally had to learn over the years to do “mental health checks" on himself, ensuring that he created a balanced student life, where he could successfully pursue his studies but also enjoy a social and healthy lifestyle.</p><p>“During these times I often find that things tend to go south quite frequently than before. I would like to tell my peers that it is okay to take a break – to breathe and reflect – so that we are charged up and able to continue persevering."</p><p>Njengele grew up in Gugulethu, Cape Town, and says graduating last year with an undergraduate degree in International Studies, was one of his biggest highlights so far. He is the first graduate in his family, so getting his degree was a very special moment for him and his family.</p><p>When he is not busy leading students and studying hard, Njengele loves to keep active by running and cooking delicious meals, which he learned from his mother.</p><p>“One of my fondest childhood memories was cooking and baking with my mother. My mother was a chef and I was always fascinated by her creations. In my mind, I would always think 'Wow how did she do that?' I cherish all those moments and they are all dear to me."</p><p>Njengele says he tries not to stress himself by making too many long-term plans, but aims to complete a MPhil in Sustainable Development after graduation. <br><br></p><p><br></p>
Internationalisation continues at SU despite COVID-19https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7671Internationalisation continues at SU despite COVID-19Hester Klopper<p><em><strong>Amid travel bans and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities have had to find innovative ways to remain part of the global knowledge economy and continue their efforts in internationalisation, a vital aspect of higher education in the 21st century, writes PROF HESTER KLOPPER, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy and Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University, in an article for University World News (10 September).</strong></em><br></p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Read the article below or click </strong><a href="https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200907101112383"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style=""><strong>here</strong></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style=""> </span><strong>for the piece as published.​</strong></li></ul><p></p><p>We often hear, and say, that globalisation has made the world so much smaller. You can travel around the globe in a day, experience different cultures at a whim, and be a global citizen working in diverse contexts. Technology has done much to ensure and enrich these experiences.<br></p><p>Likewise, over the past few decades, higher education institutions across the globe have included a focus on internationalisation in their strategy, research, teaching and learning, and have prioritised building comprehensive partnerships with institutions in other countries. Giving students and staff an international experience and forging research collaborations have been the pillars of universities' internationalisation efforts.</p><p>Through internationalisation students are given the opportunity to develop skills that relate to global competencies so that they can be globally-engaged 21<sup>st</sup>-century citizens. Exchange programmes have been developed around intercultural learning outcomes and over time a more strategic approach has been employed in fostering partnerships (research and other types) with institutions and networks abroad.</p><p>Universities themselves are also global citizens in higher education and participate in various playing fields in an international community of like-minded institutions. One such field is university rankings, with different rankings requiring certain data to evaluate an institution's performance. Coupled with clear communication and marketing strategies, rankings have become tools to influence global public opinion about higher education institutions. </p><p>Functioning effectively in the higher education sector today, institutions must aspire to boost their international standing and forge links across the world. Stellenbosch University (SU) is no different. Since 1993 we have been working on building international relations, and in 1997 the first International Office was established at SU to focus on building partnerships and creating opportunities for staff and student mobility between institutions. For the first two decades of internationalisation at SU, the focus had been on curriculum development, international student mobility, and collaboration between research groups. </p><p>But in 2019, a new internationalisation strategy was put in place allowing us to move beyond these aspects and place greater emphasis on research and innovation. Still, in essence, these have required visits abroad and face-to-face contact with our partner universities and networks.</p><p>As the COVIC-19 pandemic continues to turn our world upside down, our usual means of practicing internationalisation have suddenly become obsolete. Current projections indicate that the international travel ban will probably be in place until the end of 2020, or even early 2021. In the face of a world where crossing borders to experiencing other cultures, education systems and means of learning and knowledge sharing have for now practically been banned, universities have had to find innovative ways of continuing internationalisation. </p><p>Even if international travel should open sooner, the current situation has not only made us use new practices but has made us think anew about how we do internationalisation in higher education without crossing borders. During this time, universities have been exploring alternative and novel ways to achieve their internationalisation goals, which has meant that international mobility between universities and networks has become virtual. </p><p>At SU, for instance, interaction has moved onto digital platforms where participants can continue to share ideas and knowledge. The welcoming and orientation programmes of new incoming international students have moved online, we have presented the first webinar to support semester students abroad with a focus on student wellbeing, and webinars have also engaged academics from partner institutions on various topics and in conferences.</p><p>Moving online has become a necessary yet simplistic tactic, with online meetings and streaming events at the order of the day. But in the context of internationalisation it has enabled us to continue a vital part of higher education that will ensure the relevance and sustainability of universities in the future. We need to continue integrating intercultural and global dimensions into our offering to students and the impact we make through our research and on society.</p><p>By being part of an international community of higher education institutions, universities can broaden their purpose, functions and programmes. This allows students and staff to make a meaningful contribution globally through learning and teaching, research and innovation and work linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. And, not least, it provides universities with third-stream income through research contracts and programmes offered to international students, making it possible to expand on mobility opportunities for our own students and staff.</p><p>However, the value of internationalisation stretches further. The COVID-19 pandemic serves as an example, with many researchers internationally collaborating to address the various challenges the world is currently facing – from finding a vaccine to combat the virus to investigating the impact on economies and societies. Bringing together the minds of various scientists has served us well in the progress that has been made in research around COVID-19.</p><p>Much has been made of our preparation for the “next normal", and we will need the collaborative thinking of academics to prepare societies for what is to come once the health issues related to COVID-19 have been addressed. One can even say that all aspects of life as we had known it will now be reset, but what that means is still unclear. For this, we need interdisciplinary thinking from global role-players.</p><p>It is in a time like this, that we see the value of internationalisation in higher education in solving the global issues humanity faces now and in future will face. This value lies not only in connecting experts from across the world and enabling collaborative research, but internationalisation gives students and academics the necessary skills for intercultural partnerships to provide global solutions for global challenges.</p><p>Internationalisation has certainly become a force for good in higher education, no matter the size or reputation of an institution – and it will and needs to continue to be that even in a time of business unusual and in the future “next normal". As universities adapt and innovate the way they operate in learning, teaching and research, they must also continue to work with international partners and networks to develop innovative new practices in further supporting internationalisation in higher education.<br></p><p><br></p>
New SRC elects chair and vice-chair https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7654New SRC elects chair and vice-chair Studente Affairs / Studentesake<p>​​​​The election of the 2020/21 Students' Representative Council (SRC) of Stellenbosch University (SU) was successfully concluded this week with the announcement of the newly elected chairperson and vice-chair.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Xola Njengele, a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, was elected as chairperson by the members of the incoming SRC. Njengele also serves on the incumbent SRC as the Chairperson of the Academic Affairs Council. The new campus leaders start their term on 21 September, with the commencement of the fourth academic term at SU.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Kira Alberts, a final year BA (International Studies) student, was elected vice-chair.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">The 2020/21 Students' SRC election was conducted entirely online for the first time, due to the COVID-19 threat. This year, a total of 3 543 students voted in the election of the campus leaders, the second highest voter turnout in the past five years – the 2018 election saw 4 100 votes. The election has also seen the highest number of candidates in recent years, with 20 students availing themselves as candidates. Some 348 students attended the online caucuses, where the candidates shared their mission statements and engaged in robust dialogue.</p><p style="text-align:left;">SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers thanked the outgoing SRC and congratulated the incoming members and chairperson: “The role of the SRC is integral to the operations of the University. We are committed to involving and engaging students as co-participants and co-creators of a transformative student experience. So, our gratitude to the outgoing SRC for serving the student body. And well done to the incoming SRC. We look forward to working with all of you to overcome the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic so that we can go forward together. We must continue working on our cohesion as a university community, especially now that we are physically apart and are experiencing all kinds of pressures on the social fabric of our broader society."</p><p style="text-align:left;">The nine elected members of the SRC were announced on 25 August 2020. They are:</p><ol style="text-align:left;"><li> Xola Njengele <br></li><li>Viwe Kobokana <br></li><li>Ayesha Abou-Zeid<br></li><li>Kira Alberts <br></li><li>Unathi Ngumbela <br></li><li>Makabongwe Kaseke <br></li><li>Philip Visage <br></li><li>Eduard Zehrt <br></li><li>Gina Sibanda  </li></ol><p style="text-align:left;">The nine elected and <em>ex officio</em> members together comprise the SRC. The <em>ex officio</em> members are: </p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Jarryt Luyt (Chairperson: Academic Affairs Council)</li><li>Nomzamo Buthelezi (Chairperson: Societies Council)</li><li>Leoné Wilkinson (Chairperson: Prim Committee)</li><li>Joshua Eva (Vice-Chairperson: Prim Committee)</li><li>Masixole Ndamandama (Chairperson: Senior Prim Committee)</li><li>Kristin Arends (Chairperson: Tygerberg Student Representative Council)</li><li>Avumile Finiza (Captain: Military Academy) </li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">Dr Choice Makhetha (Senior Director: Student Affairs) said that she was delighted by the conclusion of the first fully online election and thanked all the involved parties. She congratulated Njengele and said that his election was no surprise to her, as he served in the interest of the students during the past year. “You remained focused, present and accessible. May you term in office be fulfilling." Makhetha encouraged Njengele to build a strong and united team that prioritise high impact issues to change the lives of students.</p><p style="text-align:left;">The SU Statute provides for an SRC as the body that represents the interests of the student community. In terms of the Statute, students formally participate in SU's statutory bodies – the Institutional Forum, faculty boards, Senate and Council – through members from the student body elected by the SRC.</p><p style="text-align:left;">There are also regular scheduled meetings between the Rectorate and the SRC Executive Committee where any issue can be raised and discussed, and student representatives are encouraged to give feedback to the student body. In addition, the Rectorate is accountable to the SU Council, where students are also represented.<br></p><p><br></p>
"What’s my superpower? I have Conversion Disorder. Not 'convulsion', CONVERSION. The hidden disability."https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7629"What’s my superpower? I have Conversion Disorder. Not 'convulsion', CONVERSION. The hidden disability."Transformation Office | Disability Unit | AfriNEAD<div style="text-align:justify;"><em>​“Ooh, is that a group of potentially eligible bachelors? Now's the perfect time to cause some chaos."</em></div><br><div style="text-align:justify;"><em>“Is this that class you failed last year and are desperate to pass this year? There hasn't been a more suitable hour for a little chaos!" </em></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><em><br></em></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><em>“You poor thing, are you trying to walk to another building in 10 minutes? It's a pity; I'm seeing the perfect opportunity for some chaos."</em></div><div><br></div><br><div style="text-align:justify;">That's my body telling me it's under a bit of pressure. The chaos reaction is a full-blown, limb-twitching, head-banging, teeth-chattering seizure. Yes, I occasionally have grand mal seizures that can last anything from a minute to half an hour.<br></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify;">What's my superpower? I have Conversion Disorder. Not “convulsion", CONVERSION. The hidden disability. Hidden because I look perfectly healthy until I start vibrating and my eyes start rolling. There is no known cure for it, but it can become a thing of the past with a few years of therapy. But nobody knows how many years or with which specialising therapist or how long you'll spend with every specialising therapist until something somewhere clicks. But I must say, in my case, although therapy hasn't made my symptoms disappear, it sure has lessened them. Psychology working hand in hand with psychiatry and lots of patience.</div><div style="text-align:justify;"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify;">I was diagnosed with Conversion Disorder in 2016, in my final year in high school. In 2017 I was introduced to an entirely new environment: stairs to reach my bedroom, paced 10-minute walks between buildings to get to lectures and having half my high school's amount of students in one lecture hall. It was exciting. I loved the buzz. My body didn't quite agree, though.<br></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify;">I spent 2017 having lectures cut short because of the chaos caused by a seizure during a lecture. I was carried up flights of stairs, made friends with the sisters at Campus Health and soon enough was known as the person to be cautious around in my faculty and residence. Never too much excitement. Never too much pressure. It was unreal. It was boring.<br></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify;">This was all before I was introduced to the University's Disability Unit. The superheroes. I only requested a way to have my classes recorded for me, instead of me walking all the way, only to disrupt a lecture. The Disability Unit quickly came to my aid, arranged top-quality equipment for my studies and for the recordings to be made and covered all the costs. They immediately contacted all my lecturers and made all the arrangements for me to have an assistant that walked with me to all my lecturers to explain. Getting podcasts from some lecturers was like pulling teeth from a tiger.<br></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify;">That's how I can say the Covid-19 lockdown rescued me. Along with the support of the Disability Unit, online learning made my studying much easier. It forced lecturers to post all the details online on time, the assessments were done online and whenever I had a seizure while working, I could rest and work at a time that suited me.</div><br><br><div style="text-align:justify;"><em>​​​SU's Rector and Vice-chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers announced late last year that 2020 will be the university's Year for Persons with Disability. It will culminate in the sixth African Network for Evidence-to- Action in Disability (AfriNEAD) conference, a prestigious international network that will be hosted by SU from the 30 November to 3 December 2020. To honour this the Transformation Office and the Disability Unit, along with AfriNEAD, will publish monthly reflections or articles by persons with disabilities. Our sixth piece was written by <em>Lathi Msi, <em>a BA ​Humanities student.</em></em></em></div><br>