A NEW MODEL FOR CURRICULUM DESIGN AND DELIVERY
WHY A PROJECT ON
DUAL HIGHER EDUCATION?
and collaborative partnerships
between academia and industry
Explore the applicability of the
DHE model in the
South African higher education sector
Conduct pilot work
and develop DHE
as a specific
curricular model for
higher education programmes
and universities of technology)
Funded by the National Department of Higher Education’s University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)
The DHEP strongly aligns to the key policy goal of the WP-PSET for improving the relationship between education and training and the world of work – a more coherent approach to the integration of workplace-based learning (WPBL) into the curriculum. It also supports the goals and outcomes of the recently released National Skills Development Plan 2030 with its emphasis on the development of appropriate interventions by education and training institutions to address the demands of the labour market in terms of skills development.
The Dual Higher Education Project (DHEP) aims to contribute to one of the key goals of the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) to promote the transformation of university curricula in South Africa and be more responsive to the contextual challenges we face in society. This particularly includes the development of graduates who can participate meaningfully through useful work, but extends to:
Potential to encompass the whole development of students
Enhancing the capacity of teaching staff
Building university–industry relations
GRADUATE AND YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA
WHY IS THERE CAUSE FOR CONCERN?
Young people face certain challenges in their work-seeking endeavours, namely:
Access to postsecondary education
Mismatch between university programmes and expectations of employers
Realities of the digital society and economy (4IR)
Major changes in the world of work
As technological breakthroughs rapidly shift the frontier between the work tasks performed by humans and those performed by machines and algorithms, global labor markets are undergoing major transformations. These transformations, if managed wisely, could lead to a new age of good work, good jobs and improved quality of life for all, but if managed poorly, pose the risk of widening skills gaps, greater inequality and broader polarization.
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM REPORT (2018)
Graduates who are equipped not only with specialised skills, but also with soft skills such as critical thinking, agile problem solving and an understanding of work culture
Better integration of WPBL and recurricularisation of national qualifications geared towards employability, adaptibility and upskilling the workforce of the future
Well-adjusted graduates and entry-level employees who are ready for the imminent challenges and demands of the world of work
Learning programmes that are aligned to workplace requirements and stronger links between universities and industry
A CURRICULAR MODEL IN ITS OWN RIGHT
WHAT IS DUAL HIGHER EDUCATION?
Theory / procedural
Practice / applied procedural
A specific and alternative curricular model that seeks to find strong industry–workplace links.
An approach to curriculum transformation and closer industry–university collaboration.
Disciplines that are fit for specific societal sectors – both professional and vocational.
Supports employability through a combination of theory and practice on a larger scale than any other model currently practiced in South Africa.
Develops knowledge and skills that are relevant to a specific field of competence, including a range of graduate attributes that are commonly referred to as soft skills focusing on
collaboration with others
synthesising different knowledge contexts
applied problem solving, and
adjusting to the work culture.
Fostering interdependence between the systematic application of newly learned theoretical knowledge in practical contexts and the theoretical reflection of practical experience is dual study programmes’ challenge.
WOLTER & KERST 2015 (p. 521)
MAIN FEATURES OF THE PROJECT
HOW WILL THE PROJECT BE STRUCTRURED?
Conducting research on the feasibility of dual education in South African higher education.
3 POLICY RESTRUCTURING
Restructuring policies for programme approval and accreditation, including funding of DHE adoption.
5 PILOT IMPLEMENTATION
Implementing pilot programmes at any (if not all) of the four universities in the Western Cape (and beyond).
2 DEVELOPMENT OF DHE MODELS
Developing DHE models for integration into academic programmes at tertiary institutions.
4 CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT
Building capacity in university staff and support personnel to roll out and incorporate dual education in the curriculum.
Developing evaluation and quality assurance measures to govern implemented DHE models.