7th Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium recognises outstanding teachers and students

Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards
The VC Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards winners, with MUT Management and MUT Chair of Council, Mr Morailane Morailane

Eight Mangosuthu University of Technology academics and three students were awarded at this year’s Teaching and Learning Development Centre’s (TLDC) Teaching and Learning Colloquium, which started on 27 March 2019 and ends today (29 March 2019).

Winners were recognised in the following categories: Best Established Teacher: Gold Award, Best Established Teacher: Silver Award, Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award, Best Established Teacher: Silver Award, Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award, Best Emerging Teacher Award and Best Students in the Faculties.

The Colloquium, which was themed Re-imagining the Purpose of Higher Education for Social Justice, saw guests from various institutions locally and in the United Kingdom present papers in various topics related to learning.

The two keynote speakers; Prof Monwabisi Ralarala, Director of the Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Chairperson of the African Language Association of South Africa (ALASA), and Professor Rajani Naidoo, Director of the International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom; focus on language in knowledge development and dissemination and how universities contributed to social injustice respectively.

The Awards continued to scan the entire MUT academic field; the winners included three students, one per faculty. The students were judged based on their 2018 final examinations, which was their first year. The top achieving students per faculty were Ntando Khuzwayo, a second year Accounting & Public Finance student, Phila Dlamini excelled in Information Communication Technology (ICT), while Vuyiswa Mazibuko of Electrical engineering toped the engineering faculty.

All the students were awarded a sum of R7 500 each. This cash will be deposited into the MUT student accounts. Khuzwayo said she took all her tests seriously as she built towards the final examinations. “I also worked with groups. I would ask my classmates the questions on things I did not understand,” said Khuzwayo.

The rest of the winners were as follows along with their prizes:

Best Established Teacher: Gold Award

Mrs Thobeka Makhathini – Dept. of Chemical Engineering – Faculty of Engineering

Receives:

  1. Gold award trophy
  2. R65 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Elangeni Hotel, Tsogo Sun
  7. R50 000 Research grant (SoTL)
  8. Student Assistant to alleviate their teaching load

Best Established Teacher: Gold Award

Prof Sandiso Ngcobo – Dept. of Communication – Faculty of Management Sciences

Receives:

  1. Gold award trophy
  2. R65 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All-expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Elangeni Hotel, Tsogo Sun
  7. R50 000 Research grant (SoTL)
  8. Student Assistant to alleviate their teaching load

Best Established Teacher: Silver Award

Dr Misery Sikwela – Dept. of Public Administration and Economics, Faculty of Management Sciences

Receives:

  1. Silver award trophy
  2. R40 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Garden Court, Marine Parade
  7. R25 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Silver Award

Prof M Coopoosamy – Dept. of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Receives;

  1. Silver award trophy
  2. R40 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Garden Court, Marine Parade
  7. R25 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Silver Award

Mr Bethel Mutanga – Dept. Of Information and Communication Technology, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Receives:

  1. Silver award trophy
  2. R40 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Garden Court, Marine Parade
  7. R25 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award

Mr Lungani Makhathini – Dept. Of Accounting and Law, Faculty Of Management Sciences

Receives:

  1. Bronze award trophy
  2. R25 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conferenceBreakfast voucher for 2 at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, sponsored by TsogoSun
  6. R15 000 Research grant (SoTL) 

Best Emerging Teacher Award

Ms Sithembile Nkosi – Dept. of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Science

Receives:

  1. Award Trophy
  2. R30 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. Breakfast voucher for 2 at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, sponsored by TsogoSun
  7. R20 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award

Mrs Ana Bigara – Dept. of Environmental Helath, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Receives:

  1. Bronze award trophy
  2. R25 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. Breakfast voucher for 2 at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, sponsored by TsogoSun
  7. R15 000 Research grant (SoTL)