The world is constantly changing and becoming unpredictable by day and so is education. The education system is rapidly moving towards developing the breadth of skills to prepare students on a broad range of skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration in order to meet the demands of the 21st century.
On 17-20 July 2018, the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), in collaboration with Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering participated in the ‘How to Change the World (HtCtW)’ programme sponsored by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
The programme was delivered by the subject expert and driver of this programme, Dr Carla- Leanne Washbourne from the University College London (UCL), in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP).
About 100 students from different sectors of Engineering and Information Technology participated in the programme and were divided into problem solving groups where they presented with a broad, open-ended societal challenge, which was structured around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), ranging from issues such as supplying energy services to rural African locations, to finding solutions to overcrowded and congested transport systems in growing urban centres.
All projects given to students were real-world issues set in partnership with external experts from policy, industry and the third sector.
Through this programme, CUT students were exposed to a better pedagogical paradigm and acquired the precise skills set that will help them become agents of change in their respective environments.