Highlights of the MUT Strategy 2020-2025
The Mangosuthu University of Technology Strategic Plan, MUT 2025, will steer the University through a period that will be characterised by a rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive higher education environment and on-going changes in national policy, including reform of the regulatory environment. The policy emphasis will continue to be on transformation of institutional cultures, the creation of a differentiated higher education landscape, and widening access with a focus on the scarce skills areas of science, engineering and technology. We expect that legislation will soon be adopted on a framework for the regulation and standardisation of fees across the sector linked to the imperative to increase the participation rate of students from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds.
These sector changes will be set against the backdrop of a poorly performing economy characterised by increasing consumer debt, the unaffordability of higher education, greater demand for free higher education and a growing trend of unemployed graduates. At the same time, a number of exciting opportunities are emerging, including the provision of free higher education to poor students and assistance to the “missing-middle category” whose family income is below R600 000, significant investment by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in infrastructure development at universities and the elevation to government level of the critical shortage of student housing across the sector.
This Plan presents a shared vision of our University as a transforming, equitable, sustainable and academically excellent University of Technology anchored in its communities. It is a commitment to be a fair and inclusive university, growing in academic stature as a leading university excelling in career focused undergraduate teaching, generating world-class research in niche areas, preparing leaders for the global environment and enhancing the well-being of our communities.
The Plan aims to build on our history articulates and incorporates the unique advantages we enjoy while acknowledging the challenges we face. It outlines the strategic goals and initiatives we will pursue to achieve our vision while adhering to our core values. This vision will be realised by building on a commonality of purpose, a shared sense of responsibility for the University’s future and profound respect for the communities we serve.
We are committed to five strategic goals:
- Excellence in teaching and learning
- Excellence in research, innovation and engagement
- Excellence in community engagement
- Targeted national engagement and internationalisation
- To create an enabling support environment
Underpinning these goals are four strategic themes: ensuring financial sustainability; meeting the expectations and needs of our students and stakeholders – government, business, industry and communities; improving internal processes and systems to meet these expectations and needs; and developing the culture, skills and training required to support our processes. In addressing these themes, we draw on institution-wide initiatives for the realisation of the strategic objectives associated with the five strategic goals. We support these initiatives through a commitment to action and accountability.
In 2025, MUT will be well on its way to becoming one of the preeminent Universities of Technology in South Africa, drawing national and international recognition as a leader in career-focused education, research, and public service. Known for its commitment to the advancement of technical knowledge, MUT will be a leader in developing innovative partnerships responsible for the distribution of new ideas and creative endeavours that will improve the lives of its communities.
Our future will have been shaped by our Strategy Statement “To Shape and Own the Future”: the University, its staff, students and stakeholders are empowered to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and protected from its long-term adverse effects of exclusion and disadvantage. The Strategy has the following pillars. Firstly, we seek to revitalise our academic value chain for the Fourth Industrial Revolution by providing knowledge and learning that advances the professions, business, industry, government and our communities; aligning our academic endeavour with fields of knowledge and scholarship emerging in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; advancing knowledge and understanding among our communities; and offering a decolonised curriculum that inspires a truly African identity. Secondly, we seek to embed a value driven an institutional culture that puts our people first as the major asset of the University; embrace and promote diversity; and ensure sustainable use of resources.