Foreword

From the ViCe-ChanCellor and PrinCiPal

It is a pleasure to present the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Strategic Plan 2017–2021, which outlines the institutional culture, goals and enablers we have identified to help the University realise its full potential, and to inspire greatness in our stakeholders. The process of formulating a new Strategic Plan at UKZN gave us the opportunity to take stock of our achievements and failures and to determine our future in light of the challenges that lie ahead.

This strategy demonstrates our commitment to achieving transformation and excellence through our core function as a knowledge agent, as well as through our engagement with stakeholders and communities. Transformation and excellence are both pervasive elements that are deeply entrenched throughout the strategy to shape the future of the University.

The strategic goals aim to enrich the learning experience for students, to cultivate a commitment to lifelong learning, and to empower students to flourish as innovators and entrepreneurs. We shall continue to engage in cutting- edge research – not only to make an increasing intellectual impact internationally, but also to benefit society in terms of addressing immediate challenges and societal needs. By growing intimate relationships with public and private sector partners as a vehicle for achieving the above objectives, the University will pursue its core purpose – to inspire greatness – in everyone it touches.

To facilitate the delivery of our strategic goals, UKZN is committed to growing a deep service culture across the Institution, to delivering excellence within an enabling environment, and providing world-class infrastructure to

Doctor Albert van Jaarsveldsupport a vibrant knowledge community. At the heart of the service culture is our value system that all at the University will aspire to live by on a daily basis.

I would like to thank the Task Team who worked tirelessly from the start of the processin 2015, facilitating at University community consultation sessions, and compiling and overseeing the development of numerous drafts of the new UKZN Strategic Plan 2017-2021. My sincere appreciation and thanks are due to the Strategic Plan Task Team.

The UKZN Strategic Plan 2017-2021 represents the collective inputs – a wide array of contributions and thoughts – from the entire UKZN community. In this regard, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting this effort and for providing your inputs during the extensive consultation process. As the UKZN executive team, we look forward to working with you and all our stakeholders – to vigorously pursue our collective ambitions for the University. Let us work together in taking collective responsibility to oversee and monitor the implementation of this new strategy. By investing in the future of UKZN, we are investing in a future KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.

Dr Albert vAn jAArsvelD
Vice-Chancellor and Principal