MUT’s Director of DIPR elected SAAIR president

Liile Lerato Lekena

“I am really humbled and take the responsibility and vote of confidence to lead an organisation such as the SAAIR [Southern African Association for Institutional Research], which has been in existence for the past 29 years very seriously.” This is how Liile Lerato Lekena, Director of the Directorate for Institutional Planning and Research (DIPR), responded when asked to comment about being elected as President of SAAIR.

As reported by Dr Mxolisi Masango, past President of the organisation, Lekena was elected on 16 November 2022 in Pretoria during the Annual General Meeting at the 29 SAAIR Conference. Communicating the news to the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University, Professor Marcus Ramogale, Dr Masango said Lekena is now “officially” President of SAAIR until 2024.

SAAIR is a voluntary organisation which provides a forum for the interchange of ideas, experiences and best practices among those engaged in institutional research, including strategic planning, management information, and quality assurance at higher education institutions in South Africa.

Lekena said she was “grateful” for the opportunity and support she gets from the MUT Executive Management and her colleagues at the DIPR and fellow MUT staff members.

“Without the support and positive environment at MUT, I would not be able to discharge my duties, at MUT and for the SAAIR. I invite the MUT community to walk this journey with me as together we can do more,” said Lekena.

Lekena was Deputy President of the organisation from 2021 to 2022. She has been a member of SAAIR since 2011.  Her stay in the organisation continues to bear fruit for it. Lekena said she learnt a lot from the opportunities that the organisation has offered her over the years.