The vice-chancellor and principal of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, bid the institution farewell on 30 September.
Prof. Henk de Jager served in this capacity since 2017.
Matthew Rantso, chairperson of the CUT’s council, commended De Jager for his contribution to the university throughout his years of his service at the institution.
“In his role as vice-chancellor, De Jager has served the CUT admirably under extraordinary challenges facing the institution and the sector. The council is proud of his contributions, especially his sustained efforts in building external partnerships with government, business and industry.”
De Jager’s association with the institution dates back to 2012 when he was appointed as deputy vice-chancellor for academics and research. He later also stepped into the role of deputy vice-chancellor for research, innovation and engagement.
Under his leadership, the CUT has made significant strides. Not only has the institution increased by 40% the number of permanent academic staff with doctorates, but numerous new academic, research and innovation programmes have also been added to its offering.
“I will always be thankful for the work we, as a collective, have achieved at the CUT and the meaningful relationships we have developed over the years,” said De Jager.
He conveyed his appreciation to the CUT and its council for allowing him to lead the institution amid complex challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Rantso, the institution wishes De Jager every success with the future.
“We hope he continues to have a positive impact on education in this country.”
The process to find a new vice-chancellor and principal is already underway.
The CUT’s vision is that it will be a leading African University of Technology by 2030; one that shapes the future through innovation.