Staff at DUT have indicated they have high expectations and goals to achieve, both academically and personally for 2016.
Many (staff) have added that they hope to continue challenging thinking, fostering debate and being more innovative in order to create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students and colleagues.
Reiterating his goals set out by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Training (CELT) Department for 2016, Associate Professor and Director, Professor Thengani Ngwenya, said he is focusing on publishing five academic peer articles on the work that is done at CELT as a support unit. The articles will be linked to the programmes run by the Department. “Apart from that, we want to continue running workshops for students and staff alike,” said Prof Ngwenya.
Colin Thakur, Director: KZN e-Skills CoLab, said his goal for 2016 is to start developing software and technology that will be responsive to the particular and peculiar needs of South Africa. He also wants to focus on doing more academic writing as well as advocacy with regards to issues pertaining to e-voting.
Gift Mheta, DUT Writing Centre Co-ordinator said he wants to focus on publishing more academic articles. “This is one way through which I can link practice with theory. Working at the Writing Centre has presented me with first-hand experience with the challenges that students and staff grapple with in their writing. Through writing articles in reputable journals, I hope to offer practical solutions to such challenges,” he said.
Portia Redmond, Manager at the DUT Design Unit, said she sees 2016 as a year of change in terms of the University and her Department. “I believe we will have challenges but we will strive to overcome them. From a personal perspective, I want to enroll to do my PhD. This is something I wanted to achieve from a long time. Looking forward and hoping that it works out. On the home front, I hope everything is peaceful, uneventful and less stress,” she said.
Pictured: Colin Thakur, Director: KZN e-Skills CoLab