UCT WILL host three public events on Campus later this year and will join in the public debate on higher education (HE),part of planned Learning Cape Festival, organised by the Western Cape Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism. The Festival will start on National Women's Day on August 9 and will end on International Literacy Day on September 8.
UCT's three public events will profile the University's week in three strategic areas, which are still to be determined in consultation with the faculties.
The Festival has a range of objectives to promote a culture of learning throughout the region. It is also seen as an opportunity for local higher education institutions to showcase their learning programmes, strengthening their links with regional stakeholders and civil organizations in various strategic areas such as HIV/AIDS education, entrepreneurship, literacy, science and technology and sustainable development.
Events will include awards for outstanding scholars, teachers, projects and programmes, public open days, cultural events that raise awareness of key social issues like gender equality and seminars addressing key learning and development issues.
The committee representing the Western Cape's five HE institutions has met regularly during the past six weeks to discuss the event. UCT's Director of Planning, Dr Duma Malaza, and Janice McMillan, a lecturer in the Adult Learning Group at the Centre for Higher Education Development, have represented UCT.