Dr Engela van Staden
Vice-Rector: Academic

Dr Engela van Staden 2

Dr Engela van Staden is the Vice-Rector: Academic at the University of the Free State. Preceding this position, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). She was also the Chief Director in the Department of Higher Education and Training responsible for, inter alia, human-resource development for the higher-education system, enrolment planning, establishing new universities and new entities such as the SA Maritime Institute, academic programme management, planning the national information and application service known as CAS, distance learning, demerger of the University of Limpopo, establishing SMU as the third new university, as well as developing the reporting regulations and analysing the annual financial reports and annual performance plans of the universities. One of her responsibilities as a project manager was planning the function shift of the agricultural and nursing colleges.

She was involved in various national and international projects, either as a member or project leader, where the projects contributed to middle-management capacity building, institutional restructuring, curriculum development, quality assurance, strategic planning, as well as information-technology improvement and the development of performance indicators for the UoT sector.

She presented various keynote addresses and papers at national and international conferences, with specific focus on, inter alia, globalisation of higher education; planning within the transformation phase of higher education; funding and resourcing higher education, quality risks in the merger process; and transformation from a teaching and learning perspective.

She started her career as a high school teacher in Physical Science, Biology, and Mathematics in Mogale City / Krugersdorp and was seconded as Acting Deputy Principal to the Johannesburg College of Education Gifted Child Centre during this period. She became a senior lecturer in Natural Science Education at the then Technikon Northern Gauteng in Soshanguve, and later the Dean of the Faculty of Education. Thereafter, her career changed to strategic and institutional planning, which was necessary in terms of the merger of Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West, and Technikon Pretoria, which became the Tshwane University of Technology.

Many plans, strategies, policies, and technical reports – from an academic, national, and institutional perspective – have been produced through her leadership and pen.

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