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Student Leadership Incubator Programme Graduation

Author: Mthuthuzeli Magobiyane

The Office of the Deputy Vice- Chancellor: Student Development and Support held the inaugural Student Leadership Incubator Programme (SLIP) graduation ceremony.

(Published - 16 October 2020)

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support held the inaugural Student Leadership Incubator Programme (SLIP) graduation ceremony on 30 September 2020.

Student Leadership Incubator Programme is one of the key projects in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC). The programme was established to offer aspirant student leaders – who wish to form part of formal student governance –  an opportunity to engage in leadership conversations and training workshops. They were also given assignments designed to support programme implementation and evaluation.

The DVC, Professor Pamela Dube, was in a jovial mood at the momentous occasion. “This is a very important programme for UWC students leaders as well as SDS. It started as an idea but is finally being realised, because this programme will sharpen  the students leadership skills and get them to appreciate their context and diverse aspects that impact it across various levels locally and internationally.”

“Strong leadership as we know is an important quality that is needed amongst young people as bearers of the future, and which is why we invested in this programme. It’s refreshing to hear our students’ personal experiences, which will also help us strengthen it as we continue this long journey,” said Dube. 

The programme is also meant to enhance the participants’ understanding of what the elected leaders’ roles entail and what qualities and expectations are required from them. This is because there are various interest groups and constituencies which have certain expectations of the SRC as a representative body. Leaders also work with many stakeholders in different capacities. As a new initiative, it is meant to strengthen the role of student leadership and deepen democratic principles while inculcating the value of servant leadership. Undoubtedly, student leaders have a role to play in the decision making process and governance of higher education institutions, and this is the case at UWC. 

One of the class of 2019 graduates Safeyah Darries, shared how her participation in the programme has benefited her as she continues to do her post-graduate certificate in education studies. “It was very interesting and important because it taught me things like time management, how to deal with my biasedness, building my leadership skills, and how to make decisive decisions. So I will recommend UWC students to form part of this wonderful programme” said Darries. 

As critical as it may be –  especially for the SRC members – to play their part effectively, they need to possess the requisite skills, capabilities and knowledge to meet the expectations of different roles as well functioning student governance and representative structures are key to the promotion of a democratic culture and effective engagement. 

Therefore investing in this kind of programme is critical to reinvigorating the contribution of UWC in producing good quality student leadership that the present higher education system requires. The Student Leadership Incubator Programme is thus a critical component to achieving the objectives.

If you wish to join the programme, please use the following details:

Link: https://forms.gle/fGaKNQiioQs7gbzo6

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