Growing the next generation of academics
The need for universities to ensure that a future generation of academics is developed to serve higher education into the future. Dr Mandy Hlengwa coordinates the Next Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP). This DHET funded national initiative replaces the Rhodes Accelerated Development Programme. Fundamentally the principles of the programme remain largely the same as the programmes that preceded nGAP. Early career academics are still paired with more experienced mentors. They have a reduced teaching load as they work towards postgraduate qualifications. A significant shift is that in previous iterations lecturers were part of the programme for three years and the DHET model has extended this to six years.
This programme is implemented in three phases. In 2016 Phase 1 Rhodes University was allocated three posts in the following departments: Geography, Information Systems and Zoology. In 2017 Phase 2 was implemented and an additional four posts were allocated in Accounting, Education, Economics and Sociology. The final cohort (Phase 3) of this round of funding will be welcomed in 2018 in the following departments: Education, Journalism and Media studies and Politics, bringing the total to 10 posts at Rhodes University.
Last Modified: Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:22:36 SAST