SUCSESS Training 2 continues!

Training 2 of the SUCSESS project is on!

As we look forward to the start of the next leg of the SUCSESS Project Training in the middle of August, we reflect on some of the activities and key takeaways thus far.

Dr Siyabulela Nyikana and Prof Diane Abrahams – from the @Go2UJ’s @STHatUJ – are part of a group in the SUCSESS project that were  challenged to deliver a presentation around the key competencies that the students need for the changing world of work and how these can be nurtured through effective support and teaching & learning practices that will ensure that we produce graduates that are innovative, responsible, aware and who focus on creating new value. 

Below is a  summary of the groups input on developing competencies: 

“The main competencies that the students need are collectively seen as “Transformative Competencies” owing to the focus on being agents of change in society and their ability to cope with uncertainty. So the focus in teaching should be how these competencies can be effectively developed by the lecturers so that the students can then go on to make changes in society, have a sense of purpose, developed a sense of curiosity and become better individuals with an open mindset. 

Some of the challenges are that many of the students lack exposure, experience and often the confidence, especially in the context of South Africa.There are an array of initiatives that the STH (UJ), UP and University of Zululand areundertaking in an effort to develop these effectively. Amongst others are: a focus on experiential learning which builds transformative competencies, integration of Work Integrated Learning into the teaching at different levels of study, getting students to actively engage with entrepreneurial activities during their studies, conduct campus tours so that the students have a broader perspective of business and management functions, encouraging peer learning amongst the students at different levels, engaging more with eLearning, etc.