New leadership at CUT

2017-05-17 06:01
Prof. Henk de Jager

Prof. Henk de Jager

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Prof. Henk de Jager has been appointed as the new vice chancellor and principal of the Central University of Technology (CUT) from 1 June.

De Jager succeeds Prof. Thandwa Mthembu, who left the CUT in September 2016 to become vice chancellor and principal of the Durban University of Technology.

The council appointed De? Jager on the basis of his distinguished academic credentials, creative leadership qualities and entrepreneurial spirit, with a particular focus on transforming the university’s academic and research programmes and driving a new culture of entrepreneurship and innovation education among students and staff.

With his academic insight, leadership and warmth, De Jager adequately demonstrated to members of the council and the university’s statutory structures, as well as to unions, staff and students, that he is a credible leader who would lead the CUT into the next frontier of innovation.

“We are convinced that no one is better suited to lead the university at this time than Prof. De Jager,” said Mike Mohohlo, chairperson of the council.

In addition to his distinguished tenure at the CUT as deputy vice chancellor (DVC): academic and research (2012 to 2015) and DVC: research, innovation and engagement (2016 to date), De Jager has led the CUT in a series of projects that were undertaken to transform the university’s courses into market-focused academic programmes that are unique in South Africa.

Under his leadership, the CUT has increased its number of academic staff with doctorates to 33% and has added significant new academic, research and innovation programmes.

De Jager holds the qualifications of MDipTech in Electrical Engineering, BA (Industrial Psychology), PGDip (Tertiary Education) and a DTech (Education Management).

He is a member of several professional bodies and is registered as a professional engineering technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

He was involved in various quality assurance audits for the Certification Council of Technikons, ECSA, the Higher Education Quality Committee of South Africa and the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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