Regional collaboration underpins new middle management course

22 April 2003
A new course designed by and for the Western Cape's five tertiary institutions to develop middle management skills and capacity has been launched in the province. The first module kicks off on May 12.

An initiative of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), the Regional Management Development Programme is the first initiative of its kind and something of a pioneering venture, said Paul Abrams, head of staff recruitment and development.

The programme harnesses the expertise of staff at the five institutions to design the curriculum and to co-ordinate the eight core modules that constitute the Programme. The venues have also been shared among the CHEC institutions. For example, Abrams is co-ordinating the Leading for Impact module to be held at the Cape Tech Seminar Centre in August, while Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall is the co-ordinator of Managing in Higher Education module, scheduled for the Pentech IT Centre in May. Other core modules include: Effective Communication, HIV/AIDS in the Workplace July), Building on Diversity, IT as an Enabler for Excellence, Demystifying Planning, and Basic Financial Management. There are also four electives: Data Collection and Analysis (including HEMIS), Fundraising, Project Management and Basic Employment Legislation.

The content is based on middle management development needs identified by a group of staff drawn from all five institutions. A CHEC certificate will be presented to those who complete all the core modules. However, managers do not have to enrol for all modules but may select one or more relevant to their area or work. "The intention is to run this or a similar regional development programme annually and thus core modules could be completed over two years," Abrams said. The UCT contact person is Este van der Straaten from the Human Resource Department ( For full details of the Programme, go to

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