Colleges and universities discuss educational innovation

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CUT Deputy Vice Chancellor for Resources and Operations Dr Gary Paul hosted a seminar on effective and efficient tertiary institutions. PHOTO: NOMAQHAWE MTBELE

Major tertiary institutions in the region gathered at the Central University of Technology (CUT) to discuss the need to better serve students and produce employable graduates.

Various representatives of the CUT, University of the Free State, Vaal University of Technology and local TVET colleges as well as the Free State Department of the Free State engaged on how to be more effective and efficient in their sector on Tuesday.

According to CUT Deputy Vice Chancellor for Resources and Operations, Dr Gary Paul, education has to be placed under the scope in relation to fast changing times of today. “We have to reimagine and remodel our future institutions if necessary,” he said.

“Institutional effectiveness and efficiency are both part of leadership philosophy and operational process aimed at setting up the university in a way that achieves its objectives in a manner which is effective,” said Dr Paul.

The CUT Deputy Vice Chancellor expressed that CUT’s vision is the creation of technical innovation to bring social change to the regional and country. “For us, we have to align ourselves with the needs of the people, organisations, companies and students and then to tailor programmes in such a way that our students are employable when they leave our institution,” said Dr Paul.

The seminar on institutional efficiency and effectiveness was presented by Dr Lisa Foss of St Cloud State University. She spoke about innovations in the state of Minnesota, USA.