Tjivikua was speaking during the Poly’s Academic Welcome for 2015, where the institution’s leadership sets the agenda and tone for the year. Pointing to the Poly’s mission as a higher education institution, he said that the institution is in the business of hope, and through that it empowers ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things. Thereby the institution creates opportunities for greater socio-economic participation at all levels of society.
According to the Poly Rector, a 21st Century University is one whose goals are aligned with the needs of the 21st Century, and is a leader in knowledge creation and application, and technology.
He further said the institution has a responsibility for linking potential to value and quality, adding that the institution must be built on a culture of service excellence if it is to meet the demands of the 21st Century.
“In order for our goals to be aligned with the needs of the 21st Century, there are certain things that we need to focus on, namely, staff (talent), teaching, technology, infrastructure and research,” Tjivikua said. He elaborated that the institution’s technology must be affordable, state-of-the-art and suitable to circumstances, while the need remains for better qualified academic staff.
reTjivikua called on the Poly’s staff to work hard and commit themselves to driving the institution’s transformation and thereby building a 21st Century University.