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  1. The University as a good citizen • Enrico Jacobs – Vice-Chancellor: Belgium Campus

  2. Fact Sheet Belgium Campus – Quick Fact Sheet • Measurement Tools • Growth • Private Higher Education Institution - DHET (1999) • NPO • BBBEE Level 2 • Academic Corporations • KHLim, KHL, PXL • UNIVEN, CPUT • Erasmus Mundus • Government • DST, City of Tshwane • Belgian Development Cooperation • Industry • Bursaries • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  3. Fact Sheet Belgium Campus – Quick Fact Sheet • Measurement Tools • Growth • Academic Offerings: • a. Faculty of Information Technology • 3 x Higher Certificate in Information Technology (1 y – NQF 5) • Diploma in IT (3 years – NQF 6) • Bachelor of Information Technology (3 years – NQF 7) • Bachelor Degree of Computing (4 years – NQF 8) • Master of ICT in Innovation (2 years – NQF 9) (2015) • b. Faculty of Business (2015) • SME Management • Management Assistant • c. Faculty of Teacher Training • Higher Certificate in Teacher Training • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  4. Fact Sheet How to measure a University? • Measurement Tools • Growth • Passing rate < 50%? • # of graduates? • Research output • ??? School leavers  graduates • SA  BC • SA environment • EU environment? • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  5. Fact Sheet Factors possibly restraining growth • Measurement Tools • Growth • The official unemployed • 25.9 % unemployed • 51.5% 15 – 24 year and 28.9% 25 – 34 year • 1 520 000 completed high school • 280 000 have a tertiary qualification • The not economically active, age 15-64 (including students, illness & homemakers): 14 987 000 • Total economically active (including the informal sector): 17 916 000 • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  6. Fact Sheet Factors possibly restraining growth • Measurement Tools • Growth • Education • High drop-out in High Schools • Of the 987 680grade 10 learners in 2009, only: • 496 090 attended grade 12 • 348 117 pupils passed (35.2%) • 120 767 university endorsement (24.3%) • MLA, TIMMS & SAQMEC studies on mathematics, science, literacy & life skills show that SA learners attain the lowest average test scores than all participating countries • 5.3% of people age 20 and older has a tertiary qualification • Target participation rate of 20% • Degrees awarded in 2011: 61 299 • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  7. Fact Sheet Factors possibly restraining growth • Measurement Tools • Growth • HIV/AIDS • 5 813 000 HIV positive (11.8%) • 17.3% of the population between 15 – 49 • Estimated related deaths 2010: 393 777 (~65%) • Projected impact on size SA population 2020: 53.0 – 63.7 • Migration • Immigration: low skilled people • Emigration • Between 1 000 000 to 1 600 000 since 1994 • Skilled professionals; IT sector stands out • Push & pull factors • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  8. Fact Sheet Towards a prosperous future for SA • Measurement Tools • Growth • BRIC becomes BRICS • South Africa joins Brazil, Russia, India & China on 24/12/2010 • The BRICS countries are the biggest & fastest growing emerging markets • By 2050 they would become the most dominating economy • More than 25% of the land area • More than 40% of the world’s population • Political cooperation • Major trade accords • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  9. Fact Sheet Transition in economy • Measurement Tools • Growth • Structural shift to the tertiary sector • 68% of the GDP • Moving to a knowledge-based economy • Technology, e-commerce, financial and other services • Yearly GDP growth between 3% and 4.5% • Receptive for local & foreign investment • Excellent protection of investors • Financial system among the best in the world • Well developed business infrastructure • South Africa’s geographical position • Ideal trans-shipment point between emerging markets • Access to SADC • E.g. 18 out of Africa’s 20 largest companies are South-African • Job opportunities • 829,000 unfilled positions • Wage increase by 286.4% for high-skilled occupations since 2000 • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  10. Fact Sheet Reflecting • Measurement Tools • Growth • BRICS • New knowledge based economy • 829 000 unfilled positions • 280 000 unemployed with a tertiary qualification • 51.5% of unemployed younger than 24 • 61 299 degrees • Do we equip students with skills required today? • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  11. Fact Sheet Key factor for curriculum development is employability • Measurement Tools • Growth • Get employed • Stay employed • Progress during career (including LLL) • Help to prosper & develop • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion • Vital skills

  12. Fact Sheet • Measurement Tools • Growth • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  13. Fact Sheet Participative development model • Measurement Tools • Growth • Requires constant revision and consultation with all stakeholders: • Industry • Skills required • Profiles required • Context work environment • Student • Academic profile • Intellectual ability • Personal profile • Academia • Defines curriculum, learning outcomes and skills • Close contact with industry and society • Follow progress and evolution of R&D • Economy • Participative Model • Place • Regional and national context and goals • Benefit all stakeholders • Place management • Todays and future skills • Conclusion

  14. Fact Sheet Having the right ingredients • Measurement Tools • Growth • The Participative Development Model requires a mind-set and a culture which needs to have a careful balance between following components: • Academic content • Work based environment content • Workplace content • The individual student • Workplace training • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  15. Fact Sheet Having the right ingredients • Measurement Tools • Growth • Academic content • Theoretical foundations • Conceptualization • Abstract, critical and analytical thinking • Learning to recognize and solve problems • Theory behind the theory • The why-questioning • Making theory tangible • Presentation of good practices & solutions in different disciplines • Right composition of subjects • Exit level outcomes of qualification • The work based environment • The individual • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  16. Fact Sheet Having the right ingredients • Measurement Tools • Growth • 2. The work based environment content • Linking the academic content with real life environment • Practical exercises • Assessment validates both • Business specific skills • Additional curricula • Skills specific to the company • Soft skills • Communication • Customer focus • Team spirit • Teaching and demonstrating • Must lead to awareness and the integration of the business logic • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  17. Fact Sheet Having the right ingredients • Measurement Tools • Growth • 3. The workplace content • Workplace specific products and tools • 4. The individual student • Student centred learning • Valuable active participants • Co-creators of new knowledge • Catering for student specific needs • 5. The workplace training • Benchmarking of acquired skills and knowledge in a competitive environment with real projects and colleagues • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  18. Fact Sheet Measured results & recommendations • Measurement Tools • Growth • Results • Low drop-out rate of students ± 10% • Immediate employability of graduates • All graduates are employed with salaries on or above average salaries in the sector • Rapid career advancement • The Participative Development Model is a contribution in building the knowledge society • Recommendations • Requires active contact between university and industry • Requires specialized streams • Academia must redesign but must stay responsible for curriculum content, and teaching & learning strategies to accommodate business requirements • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion

  19. Fact Sheet Final thoughts • Measurement Tools • Growth • Demolish the Ivory Tower • Universities must understand the place and role of a citizen and cultivate graduates to fill these places and roles. • Economy • Participative Model • Conclusion