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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

New role for Prof Cronjé

NEW ROLE: Prof Johannes Cronje NEW ROLE: Prof Johannes Cronje Ephias Ruhode

Prof Johannes Cronjé is stepping down as Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design and is taking on the role of full professor in the Information Technology Department.

Cronje joined CPUT in 2007 from the University of Pretoria where he had been a Professor of Instructional Design in Education.

His biggest highlight during his time as Dean was seeing the Faculty play a central role in Cape Town becoming the World Design Capital of 2014.

“Further than that it was to see the Faculty grow in academic maturity. When I arrived at CPUT, I was the only person in my Faculty with a Doctorate. We now have more than one doctor per department, and we have professors in all departments except two. I was also honoured internationally by being awarded the ICT Educator of the Year award by the Department of Science and Technology in 2008. I also received CPUT's Platinum Supervisors award more than twice.”

Another highlight was a research trip to Namibia with a group of postgraduate students.

“My personal favourite is our graduation robing ceremony that we have for Master’s and Doctoral students just before they graduate.  We invite them, their supervisors and their parents or spouses to a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner, and then we allow them to share their thoughts about their research journey and pay homage to those who supported them. Then their loved ones gather together, and they help them put on their graduation gown. It is a touching ceremony and celebrates the apex of academic achievement. Graduation ceremonies are my best. That is why I was also so proud when the University's new academic gowns were designed by our Fashion students.”

In his new role, Cronjé will assist in teaching Research Methodology for Advanced Diploma students and also supervise a number of Master’s and Doctoral students in Digital Teaching and Learning.

“I will also be mentoring new up-and-coming academics in their career development. I will co-supervise and also concentrate on my own research profile to see if I can improve my NRF rating.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks