MUT Director of Strategic Planning appointed Deputy President of SAAIR

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805                                         20 January 2021


MUT Director of Strategic Planning appointed Deputy President of SAAIR

Mangosuthu University of Technology’s (MUT) newly recruited Director of Institutional Planning is already flying the University flag a few weeks into her new position.

Liile Lerato Lekena, who sits in the Directorate of Institutional Planning and Research (DIPR) has been elected Deputy President of the Southern African Association of Institutional Research (SAAIR) from 2021 to 2022. According to the constitution of the SAAIR, Lekena will proceed to become President of SAAIR from 2023 to 2024 at the end of her current term as Deputy President.

The work of the SAAIR is to advance research and analysis, leading to the production of improved management information for understanding, planning, management, and operation at higher educational institutions and agencies. The organisation also furthers the professional development and training of individuals engaged in institutional research and analysis or interested in its utilisation in planning, management, and resource allocation.

Lekena said she was looking forward to contributing to the SAAIR which empowers employees in institutional research field. “I am very passionate about what SAAIR does. Being part of the organisation has helped me grow to the level I am at today. Planning, policy formation, and decision support in higher education are skills not taught in the traditional qualifications which many of us in this line of profession were trained in,” said Lekena.

Lekena said that SAAIR is instrumental in teaching these vital skills in a safe environment.   “I will use the skills I am acquiring at SAAIR to advance the work of the DIPR specifically, and MUT at large,” she said. The SAAIR provides a platform in which practitioners share innovation. The SAAIR helps members to tap into their creativity and become innovative, said Lekena.

Commenting on Lekena’s appointment as Vice-President of SAAIR, Dr Johan van Koller, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning said that the institution was “honoured to have Lekena as a staff member at MUT”.

Lekena started in her position at MUT at the beginning of the month.





Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
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