Academic staff development strategies in engineering fields of study: case study of Zimbabwe.

Mhlanga, Samson (2013) Academic staff development strategies in engineering fields of study: case study of Zimbabwe.

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Presented as part of the Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education, Cape Town. 11-12 June, 2013: Full Paper.,Higher education is the basic instrument of economic growth and technological advancement in any society. The economic meltdown in Zimbabwe which climaxed 2008 with an inflation level of 231million % exacerbated the brain drain. After the economic meltdown, Zimbabwe is in the process of rebuilding the quality of staff and the staffing levels in its higher education institutions. The challenge has been the decision on the mode of study: whether to go via taught masters or masters by research; where to allow the faculty members to study: in the region, or beyond; on a fulltime or on a part-time basis or on a split-site basis. These challenges have been due to the need to have a quick but quality programme of staff development, while maximising on the resources available for staff development. A survey was undertaken of the engineering related departments in Zimbabwe universities focusing on the existing staffing levels, their qualifications, current numbers undergoing study and their levels. The challenges faced by each institution from the administrative side and from the staff side are summarised. Recommendations on staff development strategies are given in conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic staff,Development strategies,engineering fields,Higher Education,Zimbabwe
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > National University of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 08:00
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 08:00

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