Conference theme: #Hustling to success: Enabling active citizenship through innovative professional development in education
Date: 2 October 2014
Time: 08:30 – 17:00
Venue: University of Johannesburg, School of Tourism & Hospitality
Studietrust is a non-profit bursary organisation that was founded on 13 June 1974. The organisation has one single focus: the talented but financially needy young person who, in the hope of a better future, is studying towards a tertiary or further qualification. Studietrust works with a select number of young people who are determined to become winners and assists them to empower themselves through further education and training in the struggle against poverty, ignorance and exploitation. In celebration of 40 years of work, this year, Studietrust, its alumni and partners are organizing a conference to be held on 2 October 2014.
08:30 09:00 Registration
09:00 09:15 Welcome
09:15 10:00 Marake M Morapeli Lecture: Professor Adam Habib
10:00 10:20 Discussant 1: Professor Kwandiwe Kondlo
10:20 10:40 Discussant 2: Ms Luan McArthur-Grill
10:40 11:00 Tea break
11:00 11:20 Reply: Professor Adam Habib
11:20 11:50 Studietrust 40 Presentation
11:50 12:00 SynNovation
12:00 13:00 Commissions
13:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:00 Commissions continued
15:00 15:30 Tea break
15:30 16:30 Presentations
16:30 17:00 Conclusion
Prof Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of the Witwatersrand
Key note speaker
Prof Kwandiwe Kondlo
Professor in the Faculty of Management
University of Johannesburg
Ms Luan McArthur-Grill
Graduate Recruitment & Talent Sourcing Specialist Lead
Mr Setlogane Manchidi
Head of CSI
Dr. Andre van Zyl
Director Academic Development Centre (ADC)
University of Johannesburg
Chairperson commission 1: Innovations in student support services: towards future leaders and active citizens
Dr Ilka Dunne
Head of young talent development
Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)
Chairperson commission 2: Education as a mirror of society: developing professional identities and educating for the future (Where is Africa?)
Dr Marietjie Vosloo
the Sasol Inzalo Foundation
Chairperson commission 3: From access to success: how young people empower themselves and their communities through further education
Mr Thamsanqa Maqubela
SA Council for Graduates Cooperatives
Chairperson commission 4: Best practises and strategies to cultivate a community of young professionals equipped for the challenges of the 21stcentury in South Africa
Dr Juliet Stoltenkamp
Director of the Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technologies
University of the Western Cape
Chairperson commission 5: #E-mentoring: expanding student support and realising new opportunities in the context of e-learning processes
This conference has limited places available and the confirmation of commissions will go according to order of registration. No registrations will be accepted after 15 September 2014.
Every participant, including invited participants and accompanying persons, must please register.
1. To register for the Studietrust Thinkers Conference in Johannesburg on the 2nd of October 2014, please go to the following online registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Thinkersconference
2. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after we received your completed registration
3. Further information on the conference will be published on our website.
About the conference
The theme of the conference is, ‘#Hustling to success: Enabling active citizenship through innovative professional development in education’.
The conference will focus on creating discussion and sharing knowledge around improving student performance and professional development in South Africa. Studietrust envisions it as an opportunity to bring speakers from different sectors together to share knowledge and explore innovation in our field of work. Participants will include current Studietrust beneficiaries, Studietrust alumni, academics from several tertiary institutions, NGOs working in the bursary and education sector and representatives from our donors and sponsors: AVI Limited, the DG Murray Trust, Coronation Fund Managers, the FNB Fund, the Industrial Development Corporation, Investec Bank, Pick n Pay, Prudential Portfolio Managers, the Sasol Inzalo Foundation, Standard Bank and many smaller trusts, foundations and private individuals.
The goal of the Thinkers Conference is for all participants to actively participate in discussions on topics, which will be facilitated in commissions, resulting in a presentation of recommendations. Outcomes will be implemented in the development and support of Studietrust bursary beneficiaries as well as by the greater educational community. The conference promises to be an opportunity for knowledge-sharing, information gathering, and networking.
The Studietrust Thinkers’ Conference on 2 October will be different. Besides having top speakers, and sharing the exciting Studietrust story of 40-years of hard work and success with a hand-picked audience of supporters and people knowledgeable in our field – the conference will be different in another way
After the plenary sessions in the morning, all delegates will be divided into five different commissions.
Commission topics are:
1. Innovations in student support services: towards future leaders and active citizens.
2. Education as a mirror of society: developing professional identities and educating for the future (Where is Africa?)
3. From access to success: how young people empower themselves and their communities through further education.
4. Best practises and strategies to cultivate a community of young professionals equipped for the challenges of the 21st century in South Africa.
5. #E-mentoring: expanding student support and realising new opportunities in the context of e-learning processes.
In anticipation of the commissions, it would be great if you could start the thinking process on the topic of the commission you are attending along the following lines:
About Synectics and SynNovation – the approach we use:
SynNovation is unique, highly participative and very practical. It is based on the Synectics approach developed in the United States in the late 1950s, and recognised internationally for its effectiveness in achieving on-going innovation and organisational renewal leading to improved profitability and performance (www.synecticsworld.com). SynNovation members have used it in South Africa since 1995, adapting and enriching it for use in the 21st century African context, as well as for international audiences. It promotes success in organisations of all sizes in all industries, in the public sector, in education and in communities.
The power of the approach is that it simultaneously addresses creativity, novel strategies, behavioural and people issues, andpractical implementationto deliver focussed innovation. The colours are linked to the symbolism in the SynNovationlogo above – green for creativity, novelty and growth, red for relatedness and communication, blue for logic, practical and operational aspects – andblack for “the sweet spot” of focussed, profitable and sustainable innovation.