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UP rector opens Groenkloof Campus Infrastructure Development

Professor Cheryl de la Rey, UP principal and vice chancellor, left and Prof Irma Eloff, dean of Faculty of Education, right

During the recent opening of the new infrastructure development at the Groenkloof Campus of the University of Pretoria (UP), Professor Cheryl de la Rey, vice chancellor and principal stressed the importance of producing quality teachers who will be able to excel in the subjects that they teach. De la Rey also stressed her concern about the decline in the numbers of teachers in the country and the importance of reversing this trend. She added that education was the means to transform the country.

According to De la Rey investment in education is vital and that UP has to be responsive to the needs of South Africa and the African continent

 Some of the major building projects include 3 new high technology lecture theatres with 350; 350 and 400 seats; an open air amphi theatre (boma) next to the Groenkloof dam; lifts; bathrooms and a special passage for people with disabilities; science laboratories; 121 computer working stations; bathrooms and the upgrading of many facilities on the  Groenkloof Campus.

New lecture theatre







This new infrastructure development  will provide the necessary cutting edge equipment and facilities needed to ensure the production of quality teachers.


Ahmed Essop appointed as chief executive of South Africa’s Council on Higher Education

Mr Ahmed Essop was recently appointed as the new chief executive of South Africa’s Council on Higher Education. He succeeds Cheryl de la Rey, who left the council last year after becoming the University of Pretoria’s first black and first female vice-chancellor. Former vice-chancellor and education consultant, Rolf Stumpf, has been acting chief executive in the interim.

Mr Essop holds a Masters in International Development Education from Stanford University in the USA, and is very well known in higher education circles having served for many years as Chief Director in the Higher Education Branch of the former Department of Education, and more recently as an independent consultant in higher education. He also served as Director at the Centre for Education Policy Development. He is well acquainted with the many challenges facing higher education in South Africa as well as the CHE as he was deeply involved in most of the policy initiatives aimed at transforming our higher education system during the period 1997 to 2005

He will take up his post in May.

To read more go to Cornia Pretorius’ article in University World News by Clicking Here!
or go to the CHE site by Clicking Here!

Dr Cheryl de la Rey appointed as new Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria announced the appointment of Dr Cheryl de la Rey as the University’s new Vicedelarey-Chancellor and Principal on 27 July 2009.  This follows the resignation of Prof Calie Pistorius in March this year.

Dr de la Rey was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) on 1 May 2008 and before that served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town for a term of six years. She also served as the Executive Director: Research Promotion on secondment to the National Research Foundation (NRF) from 2000 to 2002.

Dr de la Rey has an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and leadership in the tertiary education environment. The senior management positions she has held at the University of Cape Town, the NRF and the CHE, gives her excellent in-depth knowledge and a strategic understanding of the higher education environment, including the challenges facing universities and the operational environment within which universities function.

She is recognised by her peers as a professional, hard working person of integrity who builds sound human relations.

In her declaration of intent, Dr de la Rey stated that “there is a sound base from which an exciting future can be built to realise a vision to be South Africa’s leading academic institution renowned for the quality of its teaching and student life, outstanding research, diversity, innovation and public engagement.

From Futhi Mtoba ‘s article on UP web site at: http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=8641&articleID=2554