25 November 2015 Volume :3 Issue :53

UKZN Architecture Programmes gets Full Accreditation

UKZN Architecture Programmes gets Full Accreditation
The Architecture Discipline together with the Architecture Validation Board.

The Architecture Discipline together with its accompanying programmes were recently awarded full accreditation by the Architecture Validation Board. The Board had visited the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) to conduct an accreditation inspection for the Architecture Discipline.

The Board spent three days at UKZN and had a full and detailed engagement with the School - specifically with the staff and students in the Discipline of Architecture.

This is a milestone for the School and the Discipline. Previously they had both programmes of the Discipline under conditional accreditation for a duration of two years.

Interim Dean and Head of the School Professor Betty Mubangizi said: ‘The panel members were extremely impressed with the improvements in the School ranging from infrastructure, resources, staffing to the quality of the programmes.’

‘As a result the panel has verbally informed us that we have obtained FULL accreditation for all the programmes in Architecture.  The validation report will be submitted to us in due course. I wish to thank the staff and students for their co-operation and hard work – congratulations and well done!’ she said. 

Mubangizi provided strategic direction that led to the full accreditation – the engine behind the operations however was Ms Slindo Shamase, the School Manager. ‘New to the School and University it is amazing how quickly she came to grips with the processes of the University. She engaged academics and students and ensured that the Studio equipment procured as well as the school aesthetics were in tune with the views of the staff and students,’ she added.

Also speaking about the momentous achievement, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter added, ‘I want to congratulate the Discipline of Architecture on achieving full accreditation. It could not have been done without the role played by the Dean and the Head of Discipline and the staff.’

‘Mr Mthembeni Mkhize and Professor Mubangizi have provided excellent leadership which has led to the outcome. This has also led to Architecture being on an upward trajectory. I strongly feel that in current day society Architecture belongs in Humanities,’ she said.

Melissa Mungroo


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