While the students enjoyed the July holidays, Mukhanyo’s staff started planning for 2019, discussing all aspects of the college from new study programmes, to distance study groups and facilities, to marketing and administration.
In respect of the study programmes, it is expected that the newly accredited BTh programme and the BTh Honours will be launched at the beginning of 2019, and hopefully also soon thereafter several other new qualifications. The new church-focused certificates will follow soon (see the article below).
All of this requires the development of additional study material and the appointment of the necessary staff where necessary. Several other developments include the following:
Distance groups: The number of distance study groups has grown significantly in the past year – adding 13 new groups – bringing the total to 58 groups. This growth is expected to continue, requiring additional logistics, administration and management as well as the training of tutors.
Tutor training has become an important annual activity. The next Tutor Workshop is planned for 3-5 October at Mukhanyo’s main campus in KwaMhlanga.
Johannesburg: The Johannesburg campus has finalised plans for building additional three lecture rooms as well as a new library, offices and internet computer facilities. Sufficient funding has become available and construction is expected to start soon, with completion hopefully early next year.
Mentorship: In the past year, the mentorship programme for students has continued in KwaMhlanga and it has been extended to the other centres as well.
Rustenburg:Plans for the upgrading of the Rustenburg distance study centre now have been finalised and the vacancy of a full-time leader and facilitator will be filled soon. This plans are made in co-operation with the local churches and can become a model to be duplicated elsewhere.
Support services: Also in the past few years, our computer facilities, administration and registration systems, as well as communication with students, have improved significantly. This progress must be continued, made possible with new technology becoming available and within reach of Mukhanyo’s resources.