The VoB Project was born out of a partnership between NUST, Vaal University of Technology in South Africa and Hochschule Wismar University of Applied Sciences. Once the programme is implemented next year, students from the three universities will cooperate and share expertise and best practices to provide solutions to problems presented by industry. Other objectives of this project, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), are to enhance the employability of students and promote and strengthen internationalisation.
Martha Namutuwa, an Industry Liaison Officer at CEU, spoke highly of the trip and said they are now well prepared to apply the necessary knowledge required for the VoB Project to get off the ground. “This project will be utilised to coach and prepare students with work readiness skills prior to the commencement of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) part of their courses.” She said there are also plans to launch an e-WIL programme which is an online training initiative aimed at providing all students, inclusive of those studying part-time and on distance mode, with the necessary preparation for WIL.
The CEU, established in 2011, serves as a direct link between NUST and industry, the public sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and the broader community.
During the visit, staff also acquired a simulation game which will enhance the University’s technological advancements in teaching and learning. Educational games and simulations are experiential exercises that require students to apply their knowledge, skills and strategies in the execution of their assigned roles.