Tuks to focus on quality education – new principal Kupe

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Tuks to focus on quality education – new principal Kupe

“The University of Pretoria aspires to and will strive to breathe, live and demonstrate quality in everything it does. It will do so to create a new reality and narrative about our continent as a place of quality, excellence and prosperity.”

The University of Pretoria (UP) plans to focus on providing education to as many South Africans and Africans as possible.

This was according to newly-appointed vice-chancellor and principal Professor Tawana Kupe during his inauguration ceremony recently.

“High-quality education contributes to the improvement of African futures,” he said.

“Quality is critical to making a decisive difference. Africans deserve and must get quality. We are neither second-rate people, nor children of a lesser God.”

Kupe is the first black African to be appointed in this post at the 111-year-old institution.

During the inauguration, he outlined his vision for the institution for the next five years.

He said that while UP has made strides in transformation and its faculty of law has made a significant contribution to the creation of a new society, “quality is critical to making a decisive difference”.

Providing access to large numbers of students was key to the university addressing exclusion and marginalisation, he said.

“It’s the opportunity to educate our continent.”

UP planned on increasing the number of students at the institution from 55 000 to 75 000 by 2025.

The majority of its students were black, 55 percent of whom were women.

“However, transformation of the academic staff and senior management has been slower,” said Kupe.

Strategies to accelerate “diversification” at the university include more affirmative action and “bespoke” support for career development and training. 

The University of Pretoria (UP) plans to focus on providing education to as many South Africans and Africans as possible.

This was according to newly-appointed vice-chancellor and principal Professor Tawana Kupe during his inauguration ceremony recently.

“High-quality education contributes to the improvement of African futures,” he said.

“Quality is critical to making a decisive difference. Africans deserve and must get quality. We are neither second-rate people, nor children of a lesser God.”

Kupe is the first black African to be appointed in this post at the 111-year-old institution.

During the inauguration, he outlined his vision for the institution for the next five years.

He said that while UP has made strides in transformation and its faculty of law has made a significant contribution to the creation of a new society, “quality is critical to making a decisive difference”.

Providing access to large numbers of students was key to the university addressing exclusion and marginalisation, he said.

“It’s the opportunity to educate our continent.”

UP planned on increasing the number of students at the institution from 55 000 to 75 000 by 2025.

The majority of its students were black, 55 percent of whom were women.

“However, transformation of the academic staff and senior management has been slower,” said Kupe.

Strategies to accelerate “diversification” at the university include more affirmative action and “bespoke” support for career development and training.

UP aspires to and is working on taking the quality of its programmes to the next level in multiple ways,” he said.

He said the university was one of the leading research-intensive universities in South Africa and Africa.

It also has a rising international profile as it is in the top 2 percent of universities in the world.

Kupe said the university will craft an “advancement strategy” to raise funds for teaching infrastructure as well as innovative research programmes.

Kupe holds a PhD in media studies.

The ceremony was attended by among others, high-profile business people, government officials and vice-chancellors of other universities.

 

 

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