The Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA) has long been a proponent of supervisor programmes which capacitate academic staff with the skills and expertise required to bring out the best in their graduate students. It is common knowledge that the supervisor is crucial to the successful academic experience of a graduate student.

However, as the demands made of the university have increased over the decades, encompassing the responsibility of addressing unemployment, inequality and job creation, the role of the supervisor can be difficult to define. Not only are they expected to nurture the scholarly needs of their students, they are also expected to provide non-academic support, advice on professional development and ensure their graduate students become valuable contributors to South Africa’s knowledge economy.

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