VC urges staff to put MUT first

Dr Malaza
Dr Malaza

Addressing the University staff during the annual State of the University address for staff on Thursday, 28 February 2019, MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, reminded staff of their duty towards the University and that staff should put the university and its business first before their own needs. “You are our most prized asset of the University. As University Management we are here to support you as you drive the core business of the University,” said Dr Malaza.

He asked staff to adopt a positive and constructive institutional culture, which he described as a “culture of stewardship that would benefit future generations. “We have a responsibility to safeguard the University’s material assets and to ensure their appropriate use,” said Dr Malaza.

In terms of the identity of the institution, MUT is firmly on the path to being a University that is research-informed and anchored within its immediate communities. Dr Malaza said MUT had set itself clear measurable performance indicators to guide it towards the vision of becoming a transforming, equitable, sustainable and academically excellent University of Technology. Dr Malaza appealed to staff to engage in discussions at faculty and department levels to give effect to the academic identity. He also asked them to implement operational plans that would give full expression to the Vision 2025.

Dr Malaza also highlighted areas within the processes of the University that need improvement. One of the steps is to formulate effective institutional responses to the findings and recommendations of the Report of the Independent Assessor that was released earlier in 2019. The report pointed to serious flaws in the intuitional culture and weaknesses in the governance of the University. Dr Malaza appealed for unity within the governing structures of the University. “We have to start at faculty level to set the tone that will shape the engagement at Senate. Faculties should have a focused academic identity and underpinned by clear criteria of well-functioning academic units,” Dr Malaza said.

Dr Malaza apologised to staff for the interruption of the academic programme. He appealed to staff to support the development of the catch-up plan so that MUT could continue to give its students an education that would enable them to fit into the professions and pay a meaningful role as global citizens.