MoU assists engineering students

October 13th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Articles: Vector

 

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The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID), and the University of Johannesburg (UJ), have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at supporting and coaching UJ engineering students who are recipients of GDID bursaries.

The tripartite initiative comes after the GDID articulated the need to mentor first and second year students, as the majority fail to complete their qualifications due to being unprepared for the level of academic commitment required when studying engineering. This has been linked back to the need for stronger life skills support.

ECSA has designed the pilot model for the support of students in partnership with both the GDID and UJ. Prof. Angina Parekh, deputy academic vice-chancellor at UJ, emphasised that the success of a student’s first year determines whether they are likely to stay within a tertiary institution’s system. With this in mind, UJ has introduced a national First Year Experience (FYE) programme, which has already increased the success rate for students to 83%.

The GDID will support the first year students through life skills training, mentoring and coaching in study techniques. The support will extend to Grade 10 learners, who, through Scibono, will get assistance in maths and science subjects. It will also oversee the funding and sponsorship of this project, as well as the provision of bursaries and practical experience for the students. UJ, on the other hand, will be responsible for providing a healthy learning environment for the bursary recipients, and meeting facilities for the engineering students. There are also plans to later extend the programme to other universities in the province.

Contact Thoko Machimane, ECSA, Tel 011 607-9500, thoko@ecsa.co.za

 

 

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