Leading CUT to transform and develop
The new vice chancellor wants to see the institution reimagined through academic excellence, internationalisation, among others
THE Central University of Technology (CUT) in the province has a new vice chancellor and principal and as at the end of June it will be Prof Henk de Jager’s first full month in office.
The professor says he wants to see the institution reimagined through five focal points. These are through the advancement of academic projects in terms of the quality, research and inno- vation of outputs. The second area he says will be enhancing the urgency of transformation and ensuring it matures. The promotion of a human project to encourage the creation of a sense of belonging in the institution is third.
Fourth is the strengthening of partnerships and internationalisation of CUT and finally the enhancement of the financial sustainability of the university through academic and operational excellence.
“This is indeed an honour and privilege to be afforded an opportunity to lead CUT to greater heights. I am committing myself to serve, listen, enhance constructive engagements with all stakeholders to ensure the CUT community lives up to its values of customer service, integrity, diversity, innovation and excellence,” De Jager said.
He said the adoption of schools was key to the creation of future leaders and part of this was his ambition to see the establishment of strong links and partnerships with local and provincial government, TVET colleges and industry.
Prof David Ngidi, deputy vice-chancellor of teaching and learning and deputy chairperson of the Senate at CUT said the decision to endorse and recommend the new vice chancellor was informed by various initiatives taken, including the processes and systems that have been established since his appointment in 2012. “You are passionate about CUT and are in the active leading role in reimagining CUT’s vision 2020 and beyond. On behalf of the Senate, I would like to assure you that we are looking forward to supporting and working to realise this dream.”
Kelebogile Dilotsothle deputy chairperson of the council, said there wasn’t any doubt about De Jager’s ability to carry out his duties with diligence and precision and excelling in his new position.
“We were grateful when you joined us as the deputy vice chancellor and today, it is soothing to see that you have become part of the fabric of the CUT community,” Dilotsothle said.
The SRC president of the Welkom campus, Marcus Mandries, said they had confidence the new vice chancellor would effectively and efficiently carry out his responsibilities during his term of office and also wish to see his dream for the Welkom campus being realised.
“We also hope to see this year’s theme, human project, being translated into tangible programmes and outcomes with Unite being the driving force to achieve greater things for our campus.”
In a congratulatory event that took place earlier this month the vice chancellor was dressed in a traditional Basotho Seanamarena (blanket) and Mokorotlo (straw hat) which today can be seen as a royal garment.
A staff was awarded to the new man in charge of the institution by deputy campus director at Welkom campus, Dr Dicks Nkonoane.
He said: “Like Moses, as you traverse that extra mile for CUT to lead all of us to a prosperous growth trajectory, we shall follow you to the promised land of Vision 2020 and beyond.”