Welcome to the CoP PGES

The Community of Practice for Postgraduate Education and Scholarship (CoP PGES) provides a community of scholarship and practice that supports the national higher education sector in postgraduate teaching and learning, training and support for supervisors, and enables collegial interaction between peers.

The CoP PGES  advises the USAf Research and Innovation Strategy Group (RISG) and is mandated by USAf to advocate for matters relating to postgraduate education, to coordinate national activities, such as conferences and colloquia, and to share resources and good practices that will benefit the postgraduate community.

The CoP PGES has the support of the national Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) through its commitment to the advancement of early career researchers. Other key stakeholders include the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) the National Research Foundation (NRF), and representatives from the twenty-six (26) participating public universities.

“A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE IS A MODEL OF COLLABORATION RATHER THAN COMPETITION. WE NEED TO BREAK DOWN SILOS OR WE WON’T GET IMPACT IN ANY MEANINGFUL WAY.”

NIGEL RICHARD, GLOBAL TEACHERS INSTITUTE

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Focus areas

Postgraduate Teaching and Learning

  • Sharing of best practices, expertise and resources for postgraduate programmes
  • Addressing diverse sector-wide and institutional needs
  • Academic capacity building

Engaged Scholarship

  • Research on the scholarship of postgraduate education
  • Strengthening postgraduate supervision through developing knowledge about postgraduate education
  • Investigating new models for postgraduate supervision

Research Training for Postgraduates

  • Addressing aspects of postgraduate education and training for research
  • Developing best practices for training in research ethics and integrity
  • Building curriculated programmes for postgraduate training

Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision

  • Development of sector-wide capacity for providing high quality training for postgraduate supervisors
  • Providing a platform for interaction and support for emerging academics
  • Sharing of expertise and resources for postgraduate supervison
  • Developing a resource management system

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