TEN VUT STAFF AND FORMER STUDENTS JOINS THE COUNTRY’S CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
By: Themba Nyovane – 12 June 2023
Recently, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT)’s Co-operative Education within the Centre for Academic Development in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered IT Professionals (ICITP) held certification ceremony where a total of ten VUT professionals and former students were confirmed as affiliated members of the body and as certified Chattered IT Professionals of South Africa.
This confirmation has been hailed by many as the beginning of a partnership between the VUT, the ICITP, and the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) as the funder for various interventions within VUT aimed at enhancing student’s employability. The collaboration, which is driven by Dr Annie Moletsane, the director for Student Academic Development and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at VUT, is aligned to the University’s mission and ongoing efforts to improve students’ employability, and moreover, to remain competitive in the market and be able to establish entrepreneurial opportunities for graduates.
According to Dr Moletsane, the target candidates for this project were VUT alumni graduates in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). She further stated that there are more initiatives of this sort with other professional bodies that will follow suit soon which will accommodate the other fields of studies offered at VUT and also alluded that this project would not have been successful without MICT SETA.
Highlighting the role of ICITP and MICT SETA, Mr Clackson Chisi who is the Business Developer at the ICITP, said the technological advancement in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is swiftly emergent across many business sectors, and the demand for Information Technology is pivotal to every business existence. “In the era of digital transformation driven by innovation, IT is involved in ensuring that the implementation of 4IR does not create unacceptable risks and threats to businesses. This then serves as an opportunity to foster meaningful connections, exchange of knowledge and experiences, and laying of good foundation for future collaborations,” he said. He also emphasized that the IT industry also shapes the economy, transforms businesses, and enhances lives, adding that student’s application of expertise and guidance are invaluable in striving to meet the challenges and embracing the opportunities of this rapidly evolving digital landscape.
Furthermore, Mr Seun Adegelu, the Chief Executive Officer of ICITP echoed the same sentiments and encouraged the certified professionals to continuously develop themselves in their field of profession. “Being a certified IT professional will bring vast opportunities,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of ICT Department, Dr Naume Sonhera, a Senior Lecture expressed her gratitude to the ICITP and MICT SETA and the VUT Co- Operative Education for roles they played in ensuring the success of the students. “To our certified IT professionals, on behalf of the ICT department and VUT at large, we would like to say thanks for choosing VUT and your contribution have not gone unnoticed,” she said.