The past two and half years were characterised by situational analysis, reflections, risk and need analysis. Prof. de Beer and I worked tirelessly on governance, procedures and regulations, management, staffing matters and priority needs at UNIZULU. My responsibilities for 2011-2012 focused on initiatives on academic, infrastructure and ICT systems renewal projects, strategic reflection on academic ceremonies, programmes, quality assurance and facilitation and promotion of a strong student governance election culture. The focus of activities within the Rectorate has been on recruitment and retention of academic staff, connecting young and female academic staff in particular to leadership and competency enhancement programmes and developing broad framework for the 10-30 year strategic plans. Profiling staff and student achievements remains central to team-building efforts with the vision and commitment of reaffirming and rebuilding confidence levels and UNIZULU’s integrity. From March 2012 the University has experience a gradual growth in qualified academic staff, filling of the executive positions and improved image in society and amongst its peers. The pool for drawing academic and professional specialists within higher education and training has shrunk through the years. This challenge is being addressed by all Vice-Chancellors through Higher Education South Africa (HESA) and Council. The other national major projects are infrastructure development, funding for students and renewal of Humanities. The postgraduate studies and research programme is growing under the executive and academic leadership of Prof Rob Midgley and the Deans. The Executive constituted of two Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVC) , Registrar, Executive Directors: Finance and Human Resources, and Management Teams of committed academic leaders, specialists and professionals. The DVC: Teaching and Learning position became vacant on 30 September 2013. The outgoing DVC, Dr Prins Nevhutalu had begun driving the academic structure, examinations and academic middle management matters. The momentum will continue under the guidance of Prof Chandru Kistan and the Deans. In the past three years the student governance and their participation in the renewal and rebuilding of UNIZULU has grown. The resource enhancement and collaborations with national and international partners are receiving more attention as UNIZULU continues with its academic trajectory. The University welcomes the Council appointed in 2013 and looks forward to working with its members in advancing UNIZULU’s vision, mission and academic enterprise as it navigates towards establishing itself as a leading South African Comprehensive university.
– Professor Fikile NM Mazibuko – Vice Chancellor