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It is with deep sadness that we write to inform you about the death of Ms. Gadija Arend (55). Ms. Arend died of natural causes on Tuesday evening, 7 July 2020.
Ms. Arend was a Writing Centre administrator at the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) and a member of the CHED Transformation Committee. She joined UCT in 2000*. Ms. Arend had an interest in community development through adult education programmes and wished to pursue this in the future, with a specific focus on empowering women economically.
She has been described as the heart and soul of the Writing Centre, and a mother figure to many of the centre’s consultants. In a calm and dignified way, she unified the team and motivated them to give their best. She was often surrounded by colleagues who sought her advice, and she always made time for them. Through her kindness, wisdom, and wit, she made the work environment bright, warm, pleasant, and full of laughter. She was a quiet force that never believed in being in the limelight.
Ms. Arend is survived by four sons and a daughter.
She was buried in Mowbray on Wednesday, 8 July 2020.
The university has reached out to offer support to the Arend family. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and all who knew her and are keeping them all in our thoughts.
The UCT Executive
* Ms Arend joined UCT in 2000 and not in 2009 as previously indicated. We apologise for the error.
Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak, President of HELTASA, Southern Africa, and a Senior Lecturer in CILT, CHED, has been nominated to the role of President-elect of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED).
The University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) Careers Service has cemented its reputation as a leader in its field, winning three categories at the South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) Awards on Wednesday, 6 November.
CHED’s mission is to promote equity of access, effectiveness of teaching and learning, and the enhancement of curriculum, with the aim of improving student success and developing UCT graduates who are locally relevant, socially responsive, globally competitive and representative of South Africa’s diverse population. Headed by the Dean of Higher Education Development, CHED’s organisational structure consists of a Dean’s Office and six departments: • Academic Development Programme
• Careers Service • Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement • Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching • Centre for Extra-Mural Studies • UCT School of Design Thinking (d-school).
CHED aspires to be a significant contributor to innovative educational development, practice and scholarship in teaching and learning, in order to champion and advance social justice and transformation within CHED, UCT, the higher education sector and the broader society.
CHED’s values reflect an aspiration to put students at the centre of all that we do, realised through the foundational principles of transformation and collaboration. Key values are:
A commitment to social justice and transformation;
Students as influential agents of change and one of UCT’s greatest assets;
Educational development work informed by research based on ethical principles;
Partnership with faculties to achieve common goals of access and success
CHED’s mission and vision are reflected in a wide range of services which recognize two important realities about UCT’s students: Firstly, they are amazing, being some of the most talented and academically capable students in the country and from across the continent. Secondly, many of these very same students arrive at UCT, against great odds given the ongoing legacy of unequal provision of education. By providing ‘enabling pathways’ for students to flourish and contribute to UCT’s excellence, CHED realises its commitment to social justice and transformation that underpins all its work. Suellen Shay Former Dean of Centre for Higher Education Development