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Thursday, 21 January 2021

South African Technology Network is renamed Technological Higher Education Network South Africa

DEVELOPMENT: The South African Technology Network is now the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa. DEVELOPMENT: The South African Technology Network is now the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa.

The South African Technology Network (SATN) is proud to announce it has changed its name to the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA) as of 1 January 2021.

THENSA CEO, Dr Anshu Padayachee, pronounced that the name change comes after the decision by the SATN Board to reposition and rebrand the SATN as THENSA.  “This was a result of the collective commitment of our member institutions to address the challenges and opportunities that the sector has to respond to,” said Padayachee in a statement.

“Having reviewed our vision, mission, strategic goals and objectives, we believe that we are on course to deliver on the goals we have set out for ourselves over the next five years. At the heart of our model are the values of quality and sustainability in everything that we do. We aspire to be recognised for our technological focus and our capacity for teamwork to ensure that we constantly aim to respond to our local and global challenges.”

SATN was established in 2006 by five South African Universities of Technology (UoTs), namely, CPUT, Durban University of Technology, Central University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology and the Vaal University of Technology, which resulted in the registration of the SATN Trust in August 2008. The SATN became the collective voice of UoTs to provide a common platform for discussion on matters pertaining to higher education, and to share leverage existing competencies of the member intuitions.

THENSA’s mission is to enable its partner institutions to respond to the challenges and targets set in the National Development Plan, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa 2063 Agenda, through Technological Education, Research and Innovation.

THENSA’s guiding principles include connecting minds, establishing networks for collaboration between smart institutions focussed on Technology Research and Innovation with its key focus being the promotion and advancement of Science, Engineering, Arts and Technology Programmes for the world of work. THENSA is the catalyst that capitalises on the collective voice, strengths and opportunities of its members for the benefit of its students, staff, researchers, innovators and its business and industry partners.

Padayachee added: “Our collaboration with business and industry has also added to our strength and credentials. We believe that this change in name is just a formal introduction to the advancements we have made over the years.”

She also stated that their service and excellence shall not change with the name but that the only change that “We endeavour to make shall be towards improvement and development. Making a positive contribution to community wellbeing, education, and the employability of at-risk groups, remain at the top of our priorities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues, the vice-chancellors of the member institutions, our associate members, international partners, and strategic partners for their contributions towards the development and repositioning of the organisation to meet the challenges of the new decade.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce