Month: July 2016

Vacancy: Deputy Vice-Chancellor,University of Cape Town

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The University of Cape Town, a member of the Association of African Universities, is  seeking to recruit a Deputy Vice-Chancellor to the  portfolio of Transformation to be filled as soon as possible.

The University prides itself on being one of the world’s top research-led universities producing graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised, locally applicable and underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.

As members of the executive of the University, all Deputy Vice Chancellors (DVCs) actively support the Vice Chancellor (VC) in the strategic leadership and management of the University and in supervising academic and administrative functions through line reports. Although each DVC is appointed in the first instance to oversee particular functions, these may change over the course of time at the VC’s discretion.

Qualifications and experience:

A doctoral degree would generally be required and the ideal candidate will be someone who fulfills most of the following criteria:

  • Has experience in a senior leadership role in an academic institution.
  • Has an established academic track record.
  • Has demonstrated a track record managing a complex portfolio, or running a unit of reasonable size.
  • Has a successful record of leadership and team work.
  • Has demonstrated experience in strategic thinking and operationalizing such thinking into plans and projects.
  • Has an understanding of developments in the higher education arena in SA.
  • Has an understanding of the operations and affairs of a university environment.
  • Has some relevant experience in student affairs and student governance.
  • Has some experience in stakeholder engagement and in particular union engagement and staff management.
  • Has experience in addressing manifestations of inequality in South African society and within South African universities.
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of other dimensions of inequality and discrimination including race, gender, sexuality and disability.
  • Can operate confidently and sensitively across cultures and other divides.

Desirable skills and personal characteristics:

  • Approachable, flexible and change-oriented.
  • A high level of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Resilient and the ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Exceptional communication, persuasive and interpersonal skills.
  • Well-reasoned decision-making ability.
  • Ability to hold critical conversations as a means of achieving mutually desired goals.
  • Ability to mobilise and inspire others towards shared goals.
  • Capable in both developing strategy and operationalizing strategy into plans and projects.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Leading transformation, including: employment equity, changing demographic of the student body, programmes to develop the pipeline of emerging academics, staff development, institutional culture and the student and staff experience
  • Student affairs
  • Human resources
  • Government and external relations
  • Partnership with higher education institutions in the Western Cape

For detailed information on this post, please view the job description on the following link:

A competitive annual remuneration package, including benefits is offered by UCT. Appointment to the position is on the basis of a five-year contract and the contract is renewable subject to a satisfactory performance review.

Applications should be accompanied by a letter of motivation which addresses the above criteria, including a statement on your potential contribution as part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor, your full curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three referees.

Please also complete and submit the HR204 application form for Senior Executive posts available at: quoting reference number E16112

 The recruitment and selection procedures are available at:

 Applications should be sent to:

 Ms Rentia Landman

Staff Recruitment and Selection

University of Cape Town


 Telephone: +27 21 406 2602

Nominations are invited and may also be sent to the above with a brief motivation explaining why you are nominating that person as a potential applicant.

Closing date for receipt of nominations: 7th August 2016

Closing date for receipt of applications: 20th August 2016

 The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary and reserves the right to make no appointment.

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at For this post we seek particularly to attract South African African, Indian and coloured candidates.


Call: Small Grants for Graduate Internships targeting Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Francophone member universities

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Deadline 15th August 2016

  1.  Introduction
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The Association of African Universities (AAU) has intensified its advocacy for students from African universities to acquire employable skills for the world of work upon graduation from their universities. Through financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the AAU has secured some funds to offer small grants of up to US$600 per person for graduate internships for its member universities.

  1.  Conditions for the Award of the Grant
  • Applicants should be students in an AAU member institution in Southern or Eastern Africa, or a Francophone member institution, and the institution must be in good standing. CHECK FOR THE NAME OF YOUR UNIVERSITY
  • Grant applicants should be students pursuing post-graduate degree programmes. Applicants should note that the grants are for training purposes only and not meant for the completion of theses or dissertations.
  • Applicants shall commit to undertake an internship programme for a period between twelve (12) and twenty-four (24 weeks).
  • Applications should be supported with an authorisation note from the Head of Department of the applicant’s university as well as an official acceptance letter from the establishment wishing to host the intern.
  • All applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae.
  • A detailed but confidential supervisory report will be required from the host institution on the progression of the applicant during the period of internship, and from the university of the applicant on academic progress after the period of internship.
  • Consideration will be given to applicants who have no practical work experience.
  • In the Grant Award Agreement, sixty percent (60%) of the total grant will be disbursed upon the submission of the required letters of intent from both the university and the employer to cater for transport and other incidentals. The other forty percent (40%) will be disbursed after the successful completion of the internship, receipt of deliverables from the university and the employer.
  • A tracer of the intern’s employment status will be conducted six months after graduation from the university.
  • Any breach of these Conditions shall lead to the termination or invalidity of the grant for which the Grantor shall recall or request the amount awarded to be refunded.
  1.  Selection Criteria

Selection of successful applications will be based on a quota system revolving around gender (at least 40% of beneficiaries should be females); country (not more than 10 applicants per country) and language (at least 30% from Francophone institutions).

  1.  Deadline for Submission of Applications

Interested applicants should submit their applications online including the required support documents not later than 15th August, 2016. Please note that ONLY online submissions will be accepted.

French Version

Date limite : 15 Août 2016

Petite subvention pour les stages d’étudiants

  1. Présentation

L’association des universités africaines (AUA) a intensifié ses activités de plaidoyer pour les étudiants des universités africaines. Ceci afin que ces étudiants puissent à acquérir des compétences professionnelles pouvant les préparer au monde du travail après leurs parcours universitaires.
Grâce à l’aide financière de l’Agence Suédoise de Développement International (ASDI), l’AUA a obtenu des fonds pour offrir de petites subventions allant jusqu’à 600 $ US par personne pour les stages d’études supérieures du troisième cycle pour ses universités membres.

  1. Conditions d’octroi de la subvention
  • Les demandeurs de subventions doivent être des étudiants qui poursuivent des programmes d’études postuniversitaires. Les candidats doivent noter que les subventions sont destinées uniquement à des fins de formation et non à l’élaboration de thèses ou mémoires.
  • Les demandeurs doivent être étudiants dans une institution en Afrique australe ou Afrique occidentale, ou une institution francophone, qui est membre de l’AUA et l’institution doit être en règle. Vérifiez le nom de votre université
  • Les candidats doivent s’engager à entreprendre un programme de stage pour une période de douze (12) et vingt-quatre (24 semaines).
  • Les candidatures doivent être soutenues par une note d’autorisation du chef de département de l’université du/de la requérant(e).
  • Tout candidat doit présenter un curriculum vitae détaillé.
  • Les demandes doivent aussi avoir une lettre de notification officielle de l’établissement d’hébergement du stagiaire consentant à l’admission du/de la requérant(e) pour la durée prévue.
  • Un rapport de contrôle détaillé, mais confidentielle serait nécessaire de l’institution d’accueil sur la progression du/de la requérant(e) au cours de la période de stage, et de l’université du/de la requérant(e) sur les progrès académique après la période de stage.
  • Plus d’intérêt sera accordé aux candidats n’ayant aucune expérience professionnelle.
  • Dans la convention de subvention, soixante pour cent (60 %) de la subvention totale sera versé sur présentation des lettres d’intention requis de l’université et de l’employeur pour couvrir les frais de transport et d’autres frais accessoires. L’autre quarante pour cent (40%) sera versé après la réussite du stage, certifié par l’université et l’employeur.
  • Un traceur de la situation d’emploi du stagiaire sera mené six mois après l’obtention du diplôme de l’université.Toute violation du présent Accord, conduira à la résiliation ou la nullité de la subvention, pour lequel le cédant devrait être rappelé ou demander le montant accordé pour être remboursé.
  1. Critères de sélection

La sélection des candidatures retenues sera basée sur un système de quotas de Genre (au moins 40% des bénéficiaires devrait être des femmes); pays (pas plus de 10 candidats par pays) et la langue (au moins 30% des institutions francophones).

  1. Date limite de soumission des demandes

Les candidats intéressés devront soumettre leur candidature en ligne, y compris les dossiers à fournir au plus tard le 15 Août, 2016. Veuillez noter que seules les soumissions en ligne seront acceptées.

African Universities Urged to Deepen Linkages with Industry for Societal Benefit

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Lusaka 1The Secretary to the Cabinet of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Dr. Roland Msiska has called on African Universities to do more in strengthening linkages with industry and governments.  He made this call in his opening address at the third training workshop on facilitating University-Industry linkages in Lusaka, Zambia.

The workshop was organised by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with the University of Lusaka from July 12 – 14, 2016. A total of 31 senior leaders of 11 academic institutions from 6 African countries, namely; Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated in this very successful workshop.

As with the two previous workshops held in Ilorin, Nigeria (May, 2016) and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (also in May, 2016), the three themes covered during the workshop were Technology Uptake, Intellectual Property Rights, and Entrepreneurship.

Lusaka 2In his Keynote Address, Dr. Msiska noted that unlike the situation in advanced countries where universities have a strong linkage with industry and government, Africa still defaults in turning such linkages into meaningful societal benefit. Urging the continent to do more, he cited the example of Singapore which at the time of its independence had a lower GDP than some countries in Africa, but chose a development path around biotechnology, invested heavily in its people in the absence of natural resources, re-oriented its educational curricula from the secondary school to the tertiary level, and can today boost of a higher GDP than most African countries.

Dr. Msiska called on Africa to be more focused, and make use of all available structures and institutions to achieve its development goals. Wrapping up, he urged participants to be knowledgeable on the African Union’s Agenda 2063, while taking into account the development agenda of other continents/regions of the world when devising strategies to achieve the goals of the African agenda.

In his welcome speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lusaka (UNILUS), Prof. Pinalo Chifwanakeni expressed his gratitude to the AAU for choosing UNILUS to host the workshop, indicating also that the university was borne out of university and industry partnerships. He expressed regret that there is still no direct linkages between university outputs and that of industry in Africa, with the only noticeable area of linkages being in medicine. He also expressed regrets that no tracer studies are conducted on university graduates after they leave their institutions, and urged African universities to incorporate this as a core activity.

He urged participants of the workshop to return to their institutions after the workshop with the notion that whatever universities do should have a business acumen.

Each of the three days was dedicated to a theme, facilitated by eminent resource persons who blended carefully selected case materials with extant evidence-based literature that provided a detailed analysis of each theme.

The workshop was highly participatory and positively evaluated by the participants, each of whom was awarded a certificate of participation by Hon. Mr. T. Tukombe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education at the Closing Ceremony.