SUNConferences, 27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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VALUE STREAM MAPPING APPLIED TO A TYPICAL THREE YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
Karl Robert van der Merwe

Last modified: 2016-09-16

Abstract


Given the challenges that higher education institutions are facing in South Africa due consideration needs to be given to efficiencies associated with the current processes. This article focused on the use of value stream mapping as a means to identify waste in a typical three-year national diploma course in its current format. Statistics and timelines associated with students enrolled for an industrial engineering national diploma at a comprehensive university were analysed and transferred to a value stream map. A comparison of total lead time and value added time revealed ratios that would be totally unacceptable in any other environment. Taking note of these issues could guide academics in the process of re-engineering the entire academic value stream.


Keywords


value stream mapping; lean; higher education