Vice-Chancellor and Principal

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University Of Pretoria

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

The University of Pretoria is one of the leading research universities
in South Africa. The University’s nine faculties and its business school
offer a wide spectrum of under- and postgraduate programmes,
which are recognised internationally. The University prides itself on
producing well-rounded and innovative graduates, responsible and
productive citizens, and future leaders. Research at the University is
at the centre of its strategic plan, UP 2025. Equally important is the
University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and
innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and further
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal is the head of the University
and accepts overall responsibility for the academic stature of the
institution, as well as its effective and efficient management. The Vice-
Chancellor and Principal is accountable to the University Council and
is assisted in the management and administration of the University by
the members of the Executive and the senior management team.

Duties: The Vice-Chancellor and Principal is the Chief Executive and
Accounting Officer of the University. The incumbent is expected to
play a visionary and leading role in the strategic management of the
University. He/she acts as Chairperson of Senate. He/she represents
the University and must be able to communicate with and build t he
image of the University among all stakeholders.


• An academic qualification at doctoral level as well as a proven record of academic excellence

• Proven leadership, management and communication skills on a senior management level

• In-depth knowledge and a strategic understanding of the higher education environment as well as the challenges faced by universities in South Africa and internationally

• Experience of and insight into the operational environment within which universities function.

Applicants must accept in writing the University’s Regulation and
Procedure for the Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal
and the time frame set in respect of the appointment process.

The applicable regulation and time frame are available on the University’s
website at or may be obtained from the Director:
Human Resources at +27 12 420 2375 or
Application process: An application consisting of: (1) a written
acceptance of the applicable regulation governing the appointment
process and the timeframe; (2) a declaration of intent (vision
statement); (3) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; (4) an abridged
curriculum vitae; and (5) the names and contact details of at l east
three contactable referees must reach the Office of the Director:
Human Resources by no later than 12:00 on 31 August 2018.
Applications may be delivered by hand to Room 4-39, Administration
Building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria or emailed to Only applications received before the deadline
by means of one of the two methods indicated will be considered .
In the pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, applications
are awaited for the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the
University of Pretoria which will become vacant on 1 January 2019.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and
its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference will be given,
but is not limited, to candidates from under-represented designated
All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are
invited to apply. All candidates agree to the verification of personal
credentials and competency assessments. The University of Pretoria
reserves the right to not fill the advertised position.
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