MUT finalizes preparation as IQA is set to begin

The MUT staff that met to do the final preparations for the audit

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has been preparing for the Institutional Quality Audit (IQA) since the beginning of the year. The wait is almost over and MUT is ready to showcase its quality.

On Tuesday, 8 November 2022, the University’s extended leadership met at Elangeni Hotel for the Quality Management System and Audit Preparation Workshop to go through various aspects of the audit that MUT will be responding to during the 2022 IQA, which will take place from 14-18 November 2022.

Led by the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Dr Manyane Makua, the workshop featured presentations on the MUT Strategy (by Liile Lekena, Director: Strategic Planning at the Directorate of Institutional Planning and Research), the Evolution of MUT’s PQM and Academic Identity (by Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT), Institutional profile and Re-costing of Academic Programmes (by David Bleazard, Acting Director at DIPR), and Quality Management Systems and Brief feedback from the Mock Audit (by Dr Suri Moodley, Director of the Quality Management Directorate).

The second batch of presentations focused on the actual standards that MUT responded to in its Self-Evaluation Report. Dr Bheka Ntshangase, Acting Dean of Management Sciences, led discussions on Focus Area 1,  Governance, strategic planning, management and leadership support for the core academic functions. Discussions on Focus Area 2, the Design and implementation of the institutional quality management system which supports the core academic system, were led by Professor Babatunde Bakare, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Roger Coopoosamy, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, led discussions on Focus Area 3, Planning and processes which exist for the reasonable and functional allocation of resources to all components of the institutional quality management system. Dr Phiwayinkosi Gumede, Acting Senior Director: TLDC presented on Focus Area 4, Curriculum development, learning and teaching support for the likelihood of student success.

The resounding outcome of the workshop from the participants was that MUT was ready for the IQA.

The auditors from the Council on Higher Education will visit MUT from 14-18 November to conduct the audit. In addition to interviewing staff members, they will also interview students.

For more on the IQA, visit www.mut.ac.za/qmd.