Thursday, 04 August 2022

New head intends to develop CPGS academic capacity

LEADERSHIP: Prof Izak Van Zyl has been recently appointed as Director: Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS). LEADERSHIP: Prof Izak Van Zyl has been recently appointed as Director: Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS).

Prof Izak Van Zyl, who has been recently appointed as Director: Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS), says he wants to develop the centre’s academic capacity, in line with the university’s Vision 2030.

“I want to position the CPGS strategically as a postgraduate hub that offers more than just administrative support,” adds Van Zyl. To achieve this, he is working towards three goals, namely, to increase the number and quality of postgraduates (including postdoctoral fellows), to increase the number and quality of research and creative outputs, and finally, to enhance the postgraduate student experience. “Achieving these objectives will take time and energy, but they form a critical part of the five-year strategic plan which I have developed for the centre,” he reveals.

Van Zyl is grateful that since 2017 he had been working under the tutelage of great leaders in the Faculty of Informatics and Design “who helped me grow both academically and personally”. “I’ve forged strong relationships with colleagues who have supported me in my various endeavours in the faculty and broader university.”

He says he is very excited and grateful for his latest appointment. “It came as a wonderful surprise to be offered the position after a rigorous (and nerve-wracking) interview process,” he adds.

“I want to thank all colleagues who have expressed their support in the past few weeks.

“I am also immensely grateful to the previous Acting Director, Prof Dina Burger, for her encouragement and support, as well as to the DVC RTIP, Dr David Phaho, and all members of senior management, for backing me in this position,” acknowledges Van Zyl.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za