On behalf of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Executive Management, it is my pleasure to welcome staff and students back to the University. I hope that you are all revitalised and re-energised to begin the New Year and to take on the many tasks that lie ahead of us.
One of the most important tasks that await us is the diligent implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan 2020-2024. This is indeed the year of revitalisation and action! We must now redouble our efforts to build momentum and to turn our institution around, single-mindedly focused on meeting the goals and targets of Strategic Plan 2020-2024. For it is in this manner that your positive contribution can turn our strategy into a reality. Elevating our status and image will now require a combination of individual and team commitment and effort.
My special welcome goes to first-time entering students who have joined the University in the 2020 academic year. You have made the right choice to associate yourselves with VUT, which is one of the largest contact universities of technology situated Gauteng. Be assured that you are in good hands as we have for example in place our Student Support Services (SSS) whose role include enhancing the wellness, holistic growth and development of our students.
At VUT, we strive for excellence and we reward it. We do this in keeping with our mission to “produce employable and entrepreneurial graduates who can make impact in society”. On this note, I would like to encourage every one of us to work hard towards achieving excellence in everything we do.
We are a university of technology that is anchored on seven shared values. These values are Excellence, Creativity, Mutual respect, Collegiality, Integrity, Tolerance and Diversity. All these values are self-explanatory and serve as our guide as we strive to ensure that we become the best that we can be, while delivering the very best service to our clients and advancing our vision to be “an African university that leads in quality teaching and learning”. I wish to appeal to everyone to engage with and live out our values in the way we conduct our business.
In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone for making a significant contribution in your area to grow VUT in every respect. Your commitment and efforts do not go unnoticed!
Many thanks and my very best wishes,
Professor Ihron Rensburg