This Friday will mark the final module of the Staff PhD Capacity Enhancement Programme. From 27th to 28th January, our candidates will present and defend their dissertations to a group of assessors, supervisors, peers and academic representatives from various Universities. As an initiative launched by the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in June 2019, this customised programme was funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) with the intention of increasing the number of staff with doctoral qualifications at Universities of Technology. Despite the notable strides in making Higher Education accessible in South Africa, pursuing a graduate degree remains difficult, especially at universities of technology where a Masters and PhD were only offered in the last decade.

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