UFS appoints Engela van Staden as Vice-Rector: Academic

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Dr Engela van Staden, the UFS' new Vice-Rector: Academic

The Executive Committee of the Council of the University of the Free State (UFS) approved the appointment of Dr Engela van Staden as Vice-Rector: Academic during a meeting held earlier this month.
Dr Van Staden will start on 1 January 2019 as Vice-Rector: Academic (designate) and will take up the position as Vice-Rector: Academic from 1 February 2019.
Prof Hendri Kroukamp, who acted in the position of Vice-Rector: Academic, will resume his portfolio as Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences from 1 February 2019.
Prof Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, says Dr Van Staden has an immense knowledge of the higher-education system, governance, planning, and policy frameworks within the sector, and of enrolment planning and management, and will provide leadership within this domain.
“She has been in senior management positions at faculty, institutional, and national level for a period of 20 years and is one of the experts in academic-programme development and curriculum design in the country. I look forward to be working with her and welcoming her to the university,” says Prof Petersen.
Dr Van Staden holds a DPhil in Education from the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg). She is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Prior to this she was, among others, Chief Director: University Academic Planning and Management Support at the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) from 2009 to 2017, Director: Strategic Management Support at Tshwane University of Technology from 2004 to 2009, Dean: Faculty of Education and Director: Strategic Planning at the then Technikon Northern Gauteng from 1996 to 2003.
She has supervised master’s and doctoral students, authored and co-authored a number of academic articles, compiled a vast array of technical reports, and participated in a wide variety of national and international projects in South Africa and abroad.