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Prof. 'Mabokang bids CUT goodbye to step up to her new role at Rhodes University

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Prof.  'Mabokang bids CUT goodbye to step up to her new role at Rhodes University

Prof. ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, sharing her experience with fellow academics at the CUT Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop.

Prof. ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, former CUT Senior Director for Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) has stepped into her new role on 1st July 2019, as the first black female Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Student Affairs at Rhodes University.

In her 10-year academic service excellence at CUT, Prof. Monnapula-Mapesela was the Dean of Academic Development and Support and later Senior Director for the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

She previously worked as an Associate Professor at the University of the Free State where she held several other academic positions. Her international educational experience includes working as a visiting professor in the Executive Directorate in Education Administration Programme at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Her qualifications include a PhD in Higher Education Studies and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of the Free State, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from Rhodes University and two undergraduate degrees in Education and   Science. She also served as a Deputy Chairperson of Umalusi Council and is a member of the Council for Higher Education.

When asked about her time spent as an academic at CUT, Prof. Monnapula-Mapesela said “Indeed, it has been a great privilege for me to have been part of this unique institution and the transformation agenda that has gone on at CUT and other Universities of Technology in the country. I realise that in October I would be exactly ten years at CUT, and I believe this is a good time to let others continue with the work that I have done to this end.”

“I will be forever indebted to this university for the opportunities that it created for me to prepare myself for leading at a higher level. I am grateful for the support and mentorship I received directly and indirectly from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Henk de Jager, his management team and the CUT community at large. I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve on different institutional and external structures, for this has given me insight into the challenges of education in the country – a topic in which all higher education leaders should be conversant.”

“Undoubtedly, I leave CUT a much better higher education practitioner, with expanded knowledge of and practice in the sector. CUT will remain forever close to my heart, and I hope we will be able to forge new relationships in the future for the good of education in the country.”

Uploaded: 04 July 2019
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