The Executive Dean of the College of Human Sciences, Prof Rosemary Moeketsi, along with the Human Resources Development division, had a leadership briefing meeting with 30 academics who will be part of the Scholars Development Plan.
The Leadership Programme, which is part of the Scholars Development Plan, aims to build Unisa’s future academic leaders by exposing the CHS’ academic staff to the relevant management and leadership practices, methods and traits. This will allow participants to gain the necessary skills and competencies required to become successful academic leaders in their fields.
The meeting aimed to bring professors together and challenge them to take over the leadership of the institution, to brainstorm about what else can be done at the institution, and most importantly to provide a forum where college leaders can meet, interact and get to know each other as both academics and peers. This will help to establish a sense of belonging and encourage the confidence necessary for leadership, as well as provide the opportunity to identify matters that can improve change the college and the institution at large.
Prof Moeketsi expressed that the college is a home to academic vibrancy and that it is better placed to be innovative and introduce change and influence the university in different ways.
Andre Horne from Human Resources spoke about building leadership pipelines at Unisa. ‘’The platform given by the Dean is a great challenge. It is a bold move which this institution needs. compliancy is not what we want, we need people who can demonstrate character and programmes such as these establish such characters.’’
Prof Moeketsi concluded that the CHS should always strive for more, and all staff members should aim to work together, create a movement that can lead not only the college, Unisa community, but also the rest of the country as Unisa is the only ODL institution in South Africa. “The College should be active in the South African and world news, it should have analysts and leaders involved in our countries issues,” said Prof Moeketsi
By Ziyanda Rala