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ASOCSA Repeats Calls For Moratorium
Despite ASOCSA having been unanimously mandated by its members and other institutions attending its last Heads Forum calling for a moratorium on all future accreditation visits by the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) this call has gone unheeded. ASOCSA has repeated its call and threatened to meet with the Ministers of Public Works and Higher Education and Training if it is again ignored.
Most of the institutions offering quantity surveying degrees are either busy recurriculating or have already re-curriculated their offerings in response to the new unitary higher education landscape in South Africa. With effect from 2016/17 the previously offered degrees by mainly Universities of Technology will be replaced with new qualifications from which there have as yet not been a cohort of graduates. ASOCSA and its members have argued repeatedly that accrediting these defunct qualifications made no sense. Instead they have asked for the new qualifications to be accredited once there have been graduates from them which is most likely in 2018 at the earliest. Affected universities see no reasonable justification to address any deficiencies in the old qualifications at this stage given that they are being phased out. Instead they are committing their time, effort and resources to the new offerings. ASOCSA has requested that all institutions affected by curriculation be given a blanket provisional accreditation status by SACQSP until their new programs are accredited after the first visits in 2018...
University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
The first in South Africa to roll out Accredited BEngTech Qualifications
In 2017, in line with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Council of Higher Education’s (CHE) new Higher Education Quality Sub-Framework (HEQSF), and Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) guidance, the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at University of Johannesburg will roll out its approved three year BEngTech and Built Environment Bachelors qualifications. These new programmes are developed furthering our approach to Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) – the University of Johannesburg is a member of the CDIO consortia.
Consequently, most of FEBE’s National Diploma and BTech programmes will be gradually phased out. The last intake of the three year National Diploma occurred in January 2016. We urge National Diploma graduates / alumnus who have not registered or completed their BTech, to register and complete their degrees as soon as possible.
Universities SA condemns incidents of arson at public universities
Universities South Africa (USAf), the representative association of the 26 public universities in South Africa, condemns with the utmost contempt the rampant arson attacks being perpetrated at our universities in the past week. The attempted burning of the Council Chamber at Rhodes University; the actual burning of a residential building at the Vaal University of Technology and the burning of the main auditorium at the University of Johannesburg are the latest cases in point. These point to a continuation of acts of arson witnessed at the University of Cape Town and at the University of the Witwatersrand, culminating in the burning down of an administrative building at the North-West University’s Mafikeng Campus since late 2015. All of these acts are totally despicable...