New head intends to develop CPGS educational capability

Prof Izak Van Zyl, who has been not too long ago appointed as Director: Centre for Postgraduate Research (CPGS), says he desires to develop the centre’s educational capability, consistent with the college’s Imaginative and prescient 2030.

“I need to place the CPGS strategically as a postgraduate hub that provides extra than simply administrative assist,” provides Van Zyl. To attain this, he’s working in direction of three objectives, specifically, to extend the quantity and high quality of postgraduates (together with postdoctoral fellows), to extend the quantity and high quality of analysis and inventive outputs, and at last, to boost the postgraduate pupil expertise. “Reaching these targets will take time and vitality, however they type a crucial a part of the five-year strategic plan which I’ve developed for the centre,” he reveals.

Van Zyl is grateful that since 2017 he had been working underneath the tutelage of nice leaders within the School of Informatics and Design “who helped me develop each academically and personally”. “I’ve solid sturdy relationships with colleagues who’ve supported me in my numerous endeavours within the school and broader college.”

He says he’s very excited and grateful for his newest appointment. “It got here as a beautiful shock to be provided the place after a rigorous (and nerve-wracking) interview course of,” he provides.

“I need to thank all colleagues who’ve expressed their assist previously few weeks.

“I’m additionally immensely grateful to the earlier Appearing Director, Prof Dina Burger, for her encouragement and assist, in addition to to the DVC RTIP, Dr David Phaho, and all members of senior administration, for backing me on this place,” acknowledges Van Zyl.