Appointment of special assistant and Acting DVC

30 April 2018 | From the VC’s Desk

Dear students and colleagues

I would like to advise you of the appointment of Professor Michael Kyobe as special assistant to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng for the next two months. He will take over as Acting DVC for Research and Internationalisation from 1 July when Professor Phakeng vacates that position. This has been approved by Council.

For the next two months, Professor Phakeng will be spending considerable time on the hand-over processes. In order to ensure that her DVC functions continue smoothly, Professor Kyobe will take responsibility for the following functions during May and June:

  • International Academic Programs Office (IAPO)
  • eResearch Office
  • Social Responsiveness portfolio
  • joint responsibility (with Professor Phakeng) for the Executive Director of Research, the Director of Research Contracts and Innovation, the Postgraduate Office and the Postgraduate Funding Office
  • chairing some of the committees associated with the above areas, and representing Professor Phakeng on various structures in the university.

When Professor Phakeng assumes duty as Vice-Chancellor on 1 July 2018, Professor Kyobe will take over as Acting DVC for Research and Internationalisation until the recruitment process of the new DVC is completed.

Professor Kyobe is currently the Deputy Dean of Research and Internationalisation in the Faculty of Commerce. He joined the University of Cape Town as Associate Professor of Information Systems in 2004. In 2014 he was promoted to full professor. He is an NRF-rated researcher. In addition to his responsibilities in the Research and Internationalisation portfolio in the faculty, at institutional level, Professor Kyobe also serves as a member of the following committees: University Research Committee (URC), Committee for Research Reviews (CRR), Postgraduate Student Funding Committee (PSFC) and the eRA Project Implementation Committee. He also serves on a number of external national and international bodies.


Dr Max Price

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