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Welkom Autumn graduation at CUT Confers Five PhD Degrees



Welkom Autumn graduation at CUT Confers Five PhD Degrees

Welkom Autumn graduation at CUT Confers Five PhD Degrees. The Central University of Technology (CUT) celebrated a significant milestone during its Autumn graduations at the Welkom Campus on 4 April 2024, where five deserving scholars were conferred with Doctor of Education degrees. This celebration marked the university 20th anniversary of academic excellence.

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The Newly Capped PhD Holders

The five newly capped PhD holders are:

  1. Dr. Sithulisiwe Bhebhe
  2. Dr. Richard Nyika
  3. Dr. Shoorai Konyana
  4. Dr. Senzeni Sibanda
  5. Dr. Edward Qhobosheane

Research Highlights

Each of these scholars contributed valuable research to their respective fields:

  • Dr. Sithulisiwe Bhebhe conducted research on “Technology Integration into Teacher Education in Selected Higher Education Institutions in Southern Africa,” focusing on effective models for technology integration in teacher education.
  • Dr. Richard Nyika compared the TVET systems in Zimbabwe and South Africa regarding preparing engineering graduates for the green economy, highlighting the role of TVET in sustainable development.
  • Dr. Shoorai Konyana analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of teacher education models in Zimbabwe and South Africa, aiming to enhance teacher training programs.
  • Dr. Senzeni Sibanda explored intermediate-phase teachers’ motivation and job satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, proposing a model for enhancing job satisfaction using technology.
  • Dr. Edward Qhobosheane investigated “Communicative Language Teaching in English as a First Additional Language: A Framework for Teacher Development in Free State,” focusing on improving communicative competence in learners.


The conferral of these doctoral degrees not only highlights the academic excellence of CUT but also showcases the commitment of these scholars to advancing knowledge and making meaningful contributions to their respective fields. The research conducted by these scholars is expected to have a positive impact on education and sustainable development, both locally and globally.

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