The university offers programs at postgraduate, undergraduate, and diploma levels. Academic workload is managed by individual Heads of Departments (in conjunction with Deans) and is generally guided by the SAIU’s academic workload model, which seeks to reconcile teaching commitments to large program class sizes with the need to maintain strong research activity. SAIU is in the process of adding Post Graduate schools and introducing a process of modularisation. Accordingly, it is adding a number of an additional exit and entry routes to its existing undergraduate and graduate program portfolio.
SAIU’s immediate focus is to continue to deliver focused training to the highest academic and professional standards, maintaining academic coherence whilst supporting effective program development that embraces educational best practice. A major educational priority is to maximally support academic staff who wish to invest the majority of their time in teaching and learning. We encourage the University to reconsider promotion criteria and/or establish a senior teaching career pathway to recognize the educational imperative that fuels research ambition.
Academic Programs at SAIU University
Introduction of the Post Graduate School and Programmes will be focused on the introduction of a portfolio of niche programs, with small credit volumes, and small numbers of students. These are designed to capitalize on existing expertise within SAIU and its associated clinical sites. They are in line with Student/staff recommended ratios, and strongly drive the reputation of SAIU.
5.4. All undergraduate programs continue to report increased student intake that will enable SAIU to be self-sufficient. The increase in international students is driven by a variety of direct and agent-led routes. All academic staff is expected to maintain an academic workload that incorporates teaching, research, and contribution. Maintenance of research activity is key to knowledge renewal and contributes heavily to the evidence-based practice and principles that cut across all programs of SAIU. Staff is also encouraged to embed aspects of their research as appropriate into their teaching materials.