The award was presented to the Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) by the Southern African Society for Co-operative Education (SASCE) during the inaugural conference of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Africa Conference held at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The conference focussed on WIL, partnerships between industry and educational institutions and all forms of learning and training in the workplace.
SASCE is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the integration of academic studies with quality work-integrated learning. The Society advocates and promotes cooperative education throughout Southern Africa between academic institutions, the business world and community organisations.
Dr Roelien Brink, board member of WIL Africa, said the aim of the awards is to celebrate the contribution, success and achievements of the organisations that partake and promote work integrated learning in their workplace and other environments. “The Awards Ceremony was exciting as it showed off the potential of work integrated learning in Africa!” she said.
The NUST curriculum requires industry engagement in curriculum design and accreditation, practical and project-based learning, and work-intergrated learning.
The Director of the CEU, Carva Pop, received the award from Shakeel Ori, President of SASCE, and said it was encouraging to NUST. “I wish to compliment the institutional leadership for their insight in making partnerships central to our university culture. NUST will continue to support the development of a national strategy for cooperative education through its involvement and leadership in national, regional and international structures,” Pop said.