Prof Gordon Zide, VUT’s Vice-Chancellor & Principal
Tebello Theledi and Puleng Maphisa
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Council plays a central role in the life of the institution by steering decisions involved in running the University. The Council held its induction workshop from 9-10 March at the Lords Signature Hotel in Vereeniging.
On the second day of the workshop, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Gordon Zide delivered his strategic overview of the Institution. In his welcoming speech he mentioned the values of the institution which are creativity, mutual respect, collegiality, honesty and integrity as well as tolerance. He said to the members of the Council that it is their duty to work together and look at what is in the best interests of the University.
In his presentation, he set the tone by highlighting his vision in order for everyone to be better informed and ready for action. He stressed that the guiding principles of the VUT are necessary to implement the strategic vision and how government, management, leadership and administration can contribute to ensuring VUT is a leader in technology and promotes excellence in teaching and learning.
“There could be more rivers to cross and mountains to climb, but the destination is the Promised Land,” he said.
During the two-day workshop, different opinions were expressed and addressed, however, on a lot of the fundamental issues, consensus was reached.
The Office of the Registrar gave the VUT governance framework. Registrar, Dr Dan Mokoena reiterated the functions of Council and Management. He added that Council, Management and Senate should work together to uphold the integrity of the institution.
The chairperson of Council, Prof Hlapolosa gave the closing remarks. He made reflections on the conference and how the induction has served its purpose.