Prof Henk de Jager leaves CUT

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The Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) has announced that its Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Henk de Jager, is leaving the institution with immediate effect. According to the institution Prof de Jager will today (30 September) be bowing out from the position that he has been occupying since 2017.

Prof de Jager’s association with CUT dates back to 2012 when he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor:  Academic and Research, a position he held until 2015. He later served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation, and Engagement.

Under his leadership, CUT has made significant strides, including increasing permanently appointed academic staff with doctorates to 40 percent. CUT has also added numerous new academic, research and innovation programmes to its offerings.

According to Prof De Jager he will always be thankful for the work that they as a collective have achieved at CUT, as well as the meaningful relationships that have developed over the years.

Prof De Jager conveyed his appreciation to the CUT and Council for allowing him to lead the university under complex challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. “I am optimistic that CUT will continue to impact the lives of all South Africans positively,” said Prof De Jager.

According to Matthew Rantso, Chairperson of Council, Prof De Jager should be commended for his enormous contribution to the university throughout his years of service.


According to the institution, the process to find a new Vice-Chancellor and Principal is already underway to realise its Vision 2030 stating that “By 2030, Central University of Technology, Free State will be a leading African University of Technology, shaping the future through innovation”.

“CUT wishes Prof de Jager every success with the future and hopes he continues to have a positive impact on education in this country,” the institution said in a statement.

Compiled by Sazly Hartzenberg