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Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm - Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm SAST


The purpose of this workshop is to provide a concise overview of the curriculum review process that was undertaken to critically evaluate the existing Master’s degree programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development (CCSD) programme launched in 2017, and to explain the re-conceptualisation of this programme which led to the revised curriculum framework for a Master’s degree programme in Climate Change and Sustainable development ready for implementation.


This workshop is aimed at introducing the revised Southern African Master’s degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development curriculum framework developed in 2022 by Climate Change and Sustainable Development field experts from various universities in the SADC region, to academic planners, curriculum designers, programme leaders and managers, academic staff at SARUA-affiliated universities who wish to implement the revised Master’s degree programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

DATE: 24 March 14:00-17:30
DURATION:: 3.5 hours (210 minutes)
ZOOM LINK: Register online
FEES: SARUA Members: Free
Non-members of SARUA: R1000 per person or R3000 per institution capped at five participants.
PROGRAMME: Download the programme


Prof René Pellissier

René Pellissier heads the SARUA Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable development. She is a research specialist and strategist with international experience having worked for universities in Europe, the UK, the US, and research capacity building across Africa, Participated in US/China and US/German collaborative projects and initiatives obo US university. She is an associate of SARUA as programme lead for the EU-funded Climate Change and Sustainable Development. programme and develops higher education leadership and management capacity initiatives for the Cape Higher Education Consortium. She has a management, quantitative and systems background holding an MBA, MSc (Mathematical Statistics) and a PhD (Systems Engineering) and is an experienced author, reviewer and presenter in technology and innovation, information and systems applications.

Dr Marianne Bester

Marianne Bester is currently employed by Stellenbosch University (SU) and works in the Centre for Academic Planning and Quality Assurance in the Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement as an advisor for programme review and renewal. She works collaboratively with academics in ten faculties on reviewing, re-designing and renewing academic programmes at the institution. She is also a Council member of Boland TVET College in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Before her appointment at SU, she headed the Curriculum Development Unit in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In this position, she was responsible for reviewing and renewing approximately 90 pre-HEQSF qualifications (defined as Category A and Category B qualifications by CHE) and developing approximately 70 new HEQSF-aligned qualifications. She advised on developing a range of HEQSF qualification types, including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced diplomas, Professional degrees (Engineering), Honours degrees (Education), Postgraduate diplomas and Master’s degrees. During her time at CPUT, she was also the head of an academic department for 17 years. She established the first Technology Station in Clothing and Textiles (funded by the Technology Innovation Agency of SA) in 2001.
She holds a Higher Diploma in Education (University of Free State); Magister Technologiae in Education (Cape Technikon); Master of Philosophy in Higher Education (cum laude) (SU), and a PhD in Higher Education (Curriculum Studies) (SU). She has authored and co-authored several publications and presented nationally and internationally at conferences on curriculum-related matters.

Dr Desiree Scholtz

Desiree Scholtz holds the position of Assistant Dean: Teaching and Learning at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Previously held positions at CPUT include Curriculum Specialist at Fundani CHED, Faculty Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator, and National Benchmark Test Co-ordinator. Given these positions, her interests in higher education focuses primarily on student learning, staff development and curriculum development at institutional and faculty levels. These areas of interest are evident in formal studies and several research publications. Having graduated with language majors in undergraduate studies, this provided the impetus for further studies in second language acquisition and academic literacies for student success. Her academic studies trajectory was informed by the need to conduct research to improve and inform practice. Postgraduate studies include a Master of Education in Educational Administration Planning and Social Policy, a Master of Philosophy in Second Language Studies and a Doctor of Education which explored the relevance of the National Benchmark Test in academic literacy for diploma programmes of study. She currently participates in national and institutional initiatives on staff development and curriculum development.


Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm SAST
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm SAST
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