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					                                              CHALLENGES

                                              The	following	challenges	have	been	identified:	

                                              •	 The	development	of	indicators	to	measure	the	progress	towards	achieving	and	
                                                 understanding the substance of what it means to be a university of technology.
                                              •	 Strengthening	plans	to	attain	employment	equity	targets.
                                              •	 Implementing	a	strategy	to	ensure	open	and	inclusive	communication	across	the	
                                                 institution	and	with	all	stakeholders.
                                              •	 Ensuring	that	the	relocation	of	faculties	is	done	in	the	context	of	a	social	compact	that	
                                                 supports the institution’s efforts to attract staff, students and suitable industrial partners.
                                              •	 Managing	the	impact	of	access	to	higher	education	of	financially	disadvantaged	students	
STRATEGIC GOALS
                                                 with the implementation of the faculty-based campus model.
                                              •	 Implementing	an	equitable	learning	environment	across	campuses	for	all	students,	with	
GOAL 1                                           special attention to infrastructure, quality of staff, and student and academic support.
                                              •	 Formalising,	implementing	and	monitoring	a	quality	management	system	across	all	
Re-engineer and position
TUT as a unified, sustainable                    campuses.
multi-campus University of                    •	 Developing	appropriate	institutional	systems	for	benchmarking,	student	and	employer	
Technology                                       surveys, and impact studies.
GOAL 2                                        •	 Developing	and	implementing	a	comprehensive	academic	plan	based	on	the	new	identity	
                                                 as a university of technology.
Deliver	a	portfolio	of	relevant	              •	 Implementing	an	integrated	system	consistently	across	all	campuses	that	records,	
career-focused programmes                        monitors and assesses the content and progress of the student’s learning experience in
contributing	to	the	knowledge	
economy                                          the	workplace.
                                              •	 Improving	the	quality	of	teaching	and	learning	through	identified	strategies.	
GOAL 3

Enhance	the	development	
of	capacity,	knowledge,	
                                              •	 Developing	and	implementing	appropriate	foundation	provision	to	meet	the	needs	of	
                                                 unprepared students.
                                              •	 Ensuring	that	students	are	optimally	prepared	and	supported	for	the	duration	of	their	
                                                                                                                                                    Towards 2013                THE STRATEGIC PLAN OF THE
the economy and society                          studies.
through focused engagement,                   •	 Ensuring	sustainability	and	equivalence	of	provision	across	all	libraries	                                                     TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
research and innovation                       •	 Providing	and	monitoring	equitable	and	adequate	access	to	IT	facilities,	such	as	adequate	
GOAL 4                                           Internet	access	for	students	and	equitable	access	to	IT	facilities	for	all	students	across	
                                                 campuses.                                                                                         VISION
Implement	integrated	human	                   •	 Monitoring	and	managing	the	quality	of	the	considerable	number	of	short	courses	
resource and development                         currently being offered and their impact on the mainstream activities of departments and          To be a quality-driven university of technology at the cutting edge of innovation.
strategies
                                                 faculties.
GOAL 5                                        •	 Furthering	the	development	of	a	research	culture	at	the	institution	that	will	accept	             MISSION
                                                 responsibility for postgraduate student supervision and student completion.
Empower	students	from	                        •	 Developing	a	framework	for	community	engagement,		through	which	such	engagements	                 As a progressive institution of higher education, the Tshwane University of Technology’s mission is to
recruitment to graduation                                                                                                                          contribute innovatively to the socio-economic development of South Africa by –
through a chain of quality                       can aimed at managing and integrating these curriculums.
support services
                                                                                                                                                   •	   offering	a	portfolio	of	relevant,	recognised	and	career-focused	programmes;
                                                                                                                                                   •	   producing	well-rounded	graduates	who	are	attuned	to	the	needs	of	the	economy;
IMPLEMENTATION ANd PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT                                                                                                          •	   being	a	research	hub	responsive	to	the	challenges	of	the	continent;		
                                                                                                                                                   •	   acting	as	an	incubator	for	postgraduate	study	in	clearly	defined	areas	of	strength;
                                                                                                                                                   •	   generating,	integrating	and	applying	knowledge	to	stimulate	socio-economic	development;
TUT functions according to a planning               criteria)	and	a	quantitative	perspective,	                                                     •	   partnering	communities	in	sustainable	development;	and
framework	designed	to	produce	a	systematic	         which is portrayed in a trends-and-indicators                                                  •	   being	student-centred	and	quality-driven	in	everything	we	do.
process for planning and measuring the              report. This is informed by the performance
effectiveness of university activities.             of individual units through a performance                                                      VALUE STATEMENTS
                                                    assessment of individual managers.
The	five	institutional	strategic	goals,	within	                                                                                                    To attain its vision, the Tshwane University of Technology is critically dependent on the committed
nominated	Key	Performance	Areas	(KPAs),	            Implementation	is	monitored	through	a	                                                         efforts	of	all	members	of	the	TUT	stakeholder	community,	especially	staff	and	students.
are broadened within 23 institutional               biannual reporting process. This process
objectives	with	specific	Key	Performance	           ensures the implementation of all planning                                                     We	 value	 the	 diversity	 of	 views,	 knowledge	 and	 ability	 each	 member	 of	 the	 TUT	 stakeholder	
Indicators	(KPIs).	Five-year	business	plans	        activities and processes, organises planning                                                   community	brings	to	our	quest	for	excellence	in	advancing	and	applying	knowledge.
for all academic and administrative units are       activities into a logical order and brings
developed, which are being updated annually         about	synergy	between	environments.	It	                                                        We respect the right of all to be heard, without denigrating the dignity of others.
through a review and progress reporting             indicates	monitoring	tools,	which	will	confirm	
process and system. One-year implementation         implementation, and is used as a management                                                    We	support	progressive	thinking	and	encourage	innovation,	creativity	and	teamwork.	
plans	(year	n+1)	are	developed	by	individual	       tool for all managers.
departments/units and indicate the                                                                                                                 We	recognise	professional	competence	and	hard	work.
institutional priority for the applicable year,     Aligning the institution’s planning around the
linked	to	financial	and	other	resources	needed	     strategic	framework	is	creating	a	planning	                                                    We respond to the needs and challenges of our country and continent.
(the	yearly	budget).	                               synergy between the academic units and
                                                    the support service units. This ensures that                                                   We foster an organisational culture of caring, openness, honesty and fairness.
Assessment of institutional performance             planning is a continuous process, as the
is	done	from	a	qualitative	perspective	(by	         budget	is	linked	to	strategies	and	required	                                                   We conduct our business in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.
applying	the	HEQC	self-evaluation	audit	            activities.
                                                                                                                                                   Our academic integrity is not negotiable.
            Compiled by the directorate Strategic Management Support
                                                                                                                                                                                          RESEARCH, INNOVATION & PARTNERSHIPS


                                                                                                                                               Research resources are allocated to carefully selected research and innovation focus and
                                                                                                                                               niche	areas.		In	order	to	receive	funding,	it	is	imperative	that	focus	areas	should	be	relevant	
                                                                                                                                               to	national	and	regional	needs,	priorities	and	opportunities.	Critical	mass	is	needed	for	a	
                                                                                                                                               focus	or	niche	area	to	be	able	to	function	successfully.	In	this	regard,	it	should	be	noted	
                                                                                                                                               that TUT has already substantially increased its number of rated researchers and accredited
                                                                                                                                               publications.



                                                            TUT in ConTexT                                                                     An	office	for	innovation	and	technology	transfer	issues	has	been	established	to	encourage	
                                                                                                                                               staff	to	engage	in	R&I	activities	and	partnerships,	and	to	venture	into	elected	activities	
                                                                                                                                               commercially.


                                                                                                                                                                                          GOVERNANCE

                                            The new mega Tshwane University of Technology was established on 1
                                            January 2004, with the merging of the former Technikon Northern Gauteng,
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Tshwane University of Technology is governed
                                            Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria.
                                                                                                                                                                                              by	the	TUT	Council,	established	in	terms	of	the	
                                                                                                                                                                                              Higher	Education	Act,	1997	(Act	No.	101	of	1997).	
                                            Although still in its infancy as a new university of technology, some 50 000                                                                      In	terms	of	the	Act,	the	Senate	is	accountable	to	
                                            students enrol annually. Its student body is one of the most demographically                                                                      the	Council	for	all	the	teaching,	learning,	research,	
                                                                                                                                                                                              community engagement and academic functions
                                            representative in the country in terms of both race and gender, reflecting
                                                                                                                                                                                              of the University. The day-to-day management and
                                            the Rainbow Nation in all its diversity. With almost 22 per cent of contact                                                                       administration of the University is handled by the
                                            students accommodated in residences, the University is by far the largest                                                                         Executive	Management	Committee	headed	by	the	
                                            residential higher education institution in Southern Africa.                                                                                      Vice-Chancellor	and	Principal.




                                           TEACHING ANd LEARNING                                                                                                                          TUT AS A UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY


                                                                                                                                                                                              The strategic focus of TUT as a university of technology is on the development of the
                                           The university’s geographic footprint covers four of South Africa’s nine provinces – Gauteng,                                                      human	resources	of	South	Africa.	Learning	programmes	are	developed,	in	collaboration	
                                           Mpumalanga,	Limpopo	and	the	North-West	Province	–	with	campuses	located	in	Tshwane	(Pretoria,	                                                     with	industry	and	professional	bodies,	around	specific	cutting-edge	work-related	
                                           Soshanguve	and	Ga-Rankuwa),	Nelspruit,	eMalahleni	and	Polokwane.		Large	numbers	of	students	                                                       competencies	and	specifications.	The	primary	focus	is	thus	professional	and	career-
                                           from	other	provinces	and	neighbouring	countries	such	as	Botswana,	Zimbabwe,	Namibia	and	                                                           focused education. To promote readiness to practise the career, a system of cooperative
                                           Swaziland enrol as well.                                                                                                                           education is in place at the institution, which allows the student to be exposed to a period
                                                                                                                                                                                              of	learning	in	the	labour	market.	Academic	offerings	are	also	designed	with	the	latest	
                                           TUT	is	divided	into	seven	faculties	(the	seat	of	each	faculty	is	indicated	in	brackets):	                                                          technological advances in mind, are student-centred and are intent on the development of
                                                                                                                                                                                              the student in totality.
                                           •	 Faculty	of	Economics	and	Finance	(Ga-Rankuwa	Campus)
                                           •	 Faculty	of	Engineering	and	the	Built	Environment	(Pretoria	Campus)                                                                              At	TUT,	the	emphasis	is	on:
                                           •	 Faculty	of	Humanities	(Soshanguve	Campus)                                                                                                       •	 Cutting-edge	technology
                                           •	 Faculty	of	Information	and	Communication	Technology	(Soshanguve	Campus)                                                                         •	 Innovation	through	to	commercialisation
                                           •	 Faculty	of	Management	Sciences	(Pretoria	Campus)                                                                                                •	 Problem-solving	skills
                                           •	 Faculty	of	Science	–	incorporating	Natural	Sciences,	Health	Sciences	and	Agriculture	(Arcadia	                                                  •	 Research	and	innovation
                                              Campus,	Pretoria	CBD)                                                                                                                           •	 Partnerships	and	networks
                                           •	 Faculty	of	the	Arts	(Arts	Campus,	Pretoria	CBD)                                                                                                 •	 Technological	incubators,	technology	stations,	centres	and	institutes
                                                                                                                                                                                              •	 Community	engagement



                                           COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT                                                                                                                           TUT STRATEGIES

                                                                                                                                                                                              The	development	of	this	new	institution	is	continuous	and	includes	significant	adjustments	to	TUT’s	
                                                                                                                                                                                              Programme	and	Qualification	Mix	and	to	the	planned	student	enrolment	profile	up	to	2010.	
Caring	for	the	underprivileged,	the	upliftment	of	people	and	assisting	those	in	need	are	
key	elements	of	the	University’s	community	engagement	strategy.
                                                                                                                                                                                              An	important	point	of	departure	in	formulating	TUT	priorities	for	the	next	five	years	are	based	on	
                                                                                                                                                                                              the	following	strategies:
TUT is truly an institution in service of the Southern African community. Therefore, one of
its	key	focuses	is	the	economic	and	social	development	of	the	Southern	African	region.	Its	
                                                                                                                                                                                              The realisation of our vision and mission will require significant efforts in CONSOLIDATING the
aim	is	to	make	a	significant	contribution	to	create	sustainable	economic	growth	that	will	
                                                                                                                                                                                              new organisation. At the same time, the introduction of the new Higher Education Qualification
have	a	significant	impact	on	the	standard	of	living	of	all	of	the	region’s	people.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Framework provides an important opportunity to review and embark on a structured process of
                                                                                                                                                                                              RENEWAL of our programme offerings to align them with our new mission and vision. Finally,
                                                                                                                                                                                              creating a robust university of technology requires the further DEVELOPMENT of our research and
                                                                                                                                                                                              innovation capacities, projects and programmes.

				
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