Postgraduate supervision is vital to the successful completion of the research of the postgraduate
student. Globally there is more emphasis on the role and the competence of the postgraduate
supervisor in higher education institutions and universities need to improve, maintain andfurther
develop competencies regarding skills, knowledge and altitude of postgraduate supervisors in
order to meet the changing requirements of postgraduate supen'ision in the Higher Education
environment in South Africa. The study was a qualitative study whereby theoretical perspectives
and previous findings related to postgraduate supervision was critically reviewed, assembled
and interpreted. Through the literature review, the researcher could identify specific core issues
on postgraduate supervision thai needed further elaboration and substantiation for Ihis study.
It was apparent from the literature that higher education institutions should have a skills
development programme in place in order to be effective and efficient in contribuling to the
successful completion of postgraduate studies. To achieve the aim of the study, a skills
development programme for postgraduate supervisors was developed to ensure the achievement
of Higher Education's responsibility towards students in a planned and coordinated manner.
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