Welcome to Teaching and Learning at UMP
The University of Mpumalanga, like all universities has three core functions, being teaching and learning, research and innovation, and engagement. At UMP, the ultimate responsibility for all aspects of teaching and learning rests with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, supported by the Academic Support Services Division. The actual teaching is done by the academic staff, under the leadership of Heads of Schools and Deans of Faculties.
At UMP, teaching and learning is not seen in isolation from research and engagement, and indeed the three are integrated, and students will be provided with opportunities to undertake small research and engagement projects during their studies. Teaching and learning is also not confined to the lecture halls, laboratories and seminar rooms, nor to the content of the modules undertake. We work hand-in-hand with the Student Affairs Division to provide our students with a holistic education that will see them develop our graduate attributes.
Our approach to teaching is encapsulated in our educational philosophy which is presented in full on a separate page and it is this that directs all that we do in teaching and learning.
The educational philosophy directs us to:
- Develop our students as independent and critical thinkers with a passion for knowledge and its application;
- Ensure that our teaching is theoretically informed, pedagogically appropriate, and sensitive to diversity in all its forms in the educational environment;
- Develop curricula that emphasize the interconnectedness of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and engagement.;
- Ensure that our qualifications and curricula are context sensitive;
- Ensure that our curricula and extra curricula activities expose students to different ways of knowing and to the value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems;
- Support our staff to become reflective and reflexive practitioners who use information communication technologies to improve learning, which will occur in a diverse range of formal and informal settings; and
- Provide development programmes for academic staff and student support programmes that will support a broadening of access, with increased levels of student success.