This initiative is specifically targeted at academic disciplines where the country and NUST in particular, are experiencing a shortage of human resource capacity at Masters and Doctorate levels.
The programme targets Master’s degree graduates, who have completed their first degree at the University, with the intention to pursue Doctoral studies. Emphasis is placed on identifying candidates who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance. Potential candidates will be expected to undergo a rigorous screening and selection process.
“This proactive and systematic approach to capacity building and the appointment of Staff Development Fellows (SDFs) under the GTA programme, creates a platform where the Institution is able to identify and develop its own home-grown talent, thereby, compensating for skills shortages. This is in turn essential for business continuity and the sustainability of the University,” remarked Shiwana Ndeunyema, HR Manager: Organisational Development and Learning.
In piloting the programme, the HR Department has partnered with the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences, through its Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning.
The first intake of Staff Development Fellows (SDFs) comprises of two NUST Bachelor of Architecture Honours graduates, Ndeshipanda Iita and Elao Martin, who both hold Master degrees in Architecture from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. The programme is expected to be rolled out institution-wide in scarce skills disciplines, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.