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 Graduate Development Programme

​The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) aims to contribute to the Foundation Programmes at UWC. Several studies emphasize t​he importance of addressing social and emotional factors in facilitating adjustment to the university environment, (Case 2007; Honikman 1982; Klagsbrun 1992; Sennett et al. 2003; Woosley 2003). Providing the tools for students to be more prepared to face daily challenges of university, can aid to actualise your potential.

Aims and Objectives of GDP

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What is in it for the student?

  • GDP facilitates their academic, personal and social adjustment to university
  • GDP provides a community of inquiry and practice where students are able to critically engage and reflect individually and with a group on several themes which may directly or indirectly influence their ability to function optimally to achieve their academic goals
  • Students use a range of multi-media and e-learning resources to facilitate their learning and development
  • GDP enhances personal awareness of factors which influence academic achievement and provide students with the knowledge and skills to identify, manage and respond to it in a healthy way
  • The facilitator is a resource for early recognition and becomes a conduit for referral between the academic project and appropriate support services

GDP Classes

GDP classes/sessions will take place once per week, for one hour in a venue and at a time determined by the faculty for the full ​academic year. ​

GDP Sessions are

  • Interactive – Students are encouraged to participate and share their knowledge and skills. Truly student-centred practice!!
  • Reflective – Thinking about one’s experiences and lessons derived from them is crucial to learning and creating new experiences.
  • Informative – Lessons will present students with exciting informative and fresh perspectives on relevant real life issues. 

GDP Practices

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Contact Information

Office for Academic Support 
Centre for Student Support Services 
Community & Health Sciences Building, 2nd Floor

Coordinator: 
Megan Brink: 021 959 9489



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