Lead­ing CUT to trans­form and de­velop

The new vice chan­cel­lor wants to see the in­sti­tu­tion reimag­ined through aca­demic ex­cel­lence, in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion, among oth­ers

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Free State News - HLONI MASHIGO prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.