oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - A new engineering qualification replacing the BTech degree : SAICE and professional news



The Higher Education Qualifications Framework was first published for comment in July 2004 in accordance with the Higher Education Bill of 1997. This new framework was designed to be the roadmap of qualifications for the future. It covers post Grade 12 qualifications at all levels, from a one-year Higher Certificate right through to a PhD. Technology qualifications in South Africa have a history of change every ten to fifteen years, and in this instance it was to be no different. The BTech as we know it, with the diploma as basis containing an industry component, topped up with an extra academic year to grant the degree, was afforded no place in the Framework, and will therefore be terminated. At the time of publication of the Framework for comment, a number of professions and industries, such as the tourism industry, health, financial and engineering professions, all petitioned the Minister, but the BTech was to be discontinued. The National Diploma, however, was allowed to stay, but some changes were introduced there as well.


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