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AD DESTINATUM VI | 2009–2018

The period that framed this sixth volume in the Ad Destinatum series was marked by several significant events and developments, among which was the appointment of the Prof Cheryl de la Rey, the 12th Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria. The purpose of each volume in the series is to serve as a reference resource of a specific time period, and over time, to capture the unique circumstances that have shaped the University’s identity and academic project. In this volume, we set out to trace and reconstruct major institutional developments during the period, 2009 to 2018, which coincided with the development of the University’s long-term strategy, UP 2025. Three themes tie together the six chapters: leadership and the dynamic nature of change; the University’s time-place situatedness, simultaneously in Africa and in a global 21st century knowledge world; and thirdly, the need continually to recalibrate and realign strategies in order for intentional change to become embedded.

Preface, Tables and figures, Messages

Each volume in the Ad Destinatum series serves as a reference resource of a specific period in the history of the University of Pretoria. Ad Destinatum VI traces developments in the period 2009 to 2018, the leadership era of Prof Cheryl de la Rey as Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

The opening messages, penned by the UP Chancellor, the Chairperson of Council and the Vice-Chancellor from the period, frame the publication in specific ways that reflect their institutional positions.

CHAPTER 1 | Context

Chapter 1 sets the context with respect to the South African higher education landscape, the cornerstones of UP’s long-term strategy, and the imperatives of transformation that characterised this period, including the #FeesMustFall student protests.

CHAPTER 2 | Governance

Chapter 2 gives an overview of governance at UP, from Council as the apex structure, to the Executive and Senior Management, and the Office of the Registrar.

CHAPTER 3 | UP 2025 Strategy

Chapter 3 describes the University’s long-term strategy, UP 2025, and its implementation. Of significance were the ‘navigational markers’ that became inscribed in the implementation of one- and five-year plans, and the positioning of UP as an emerging research-intensive university.

CHAPTER 4 | Academic identity

Chapter 4 is by far the longest chapter and includes the contributions of the nine faculties, the business school, and the Mamelodi Campus. The focus is on the academic identity of UP, as reflected in the teaching and research endeavour of the University throughout the review period.

CHAPTER 5 | Environment and support

Chapter 5 includes the contributions of the professional service departments that support and underpin the strategic direction of the University.

CHAPTER 6 | Looking to the future

The concluding chapter points to the future and brings together research platforms, institutes, centres and units that have attracted scholars beyond the borders of the University, situating UP as an African university with a global provenance and relevance.

References, Appendices, Abbreviations and acronyms, Index

The publication is enhanced by the inclusion of the following additional resources: References, Appendices, Abbreviations and acronyms, and a three-part Index.

We trust that you will find the publication a useful and accessible research resource.


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