In 2018, the University Council approved the University’s Institutional Development Plan (IDP) - a compass for our University for the period 2018 - 2022. This IDP, a product of robust, rigorous and extensive consultation and engagements of the Rhodes University community on the University’s strategic goals and priorities, will lapse at the end of this year. Over the next days, weeks and months, a similarly consultative and inclusive process will be undertaken to craft a new roadmap for the period 2023 – 2027 and beyond.
The new IDP should articulate a bold and ambitious vision of how we will continue to advance strategically from our current position of strength and achievement to one of a leading national research-intensive university able to enhance its impactful contribution for the betterment of humanity and sustainable development. It should incorporate the important lessons we have learnt over the past five years, including those that flow from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among these is the use of digital technology to support the intellectual endeavour of our University. The new IDP should ensure that Rhodes University remains a strong, intellectually vibrant, resilient and sustainable institution and a place of opportunity for all. The IDP will remain a living document which will be modified, adapted and adjusted to respond to the changing circumstances and take advantage of new opportunities that come our way.
The new IDP should be deliberately and purposefully aligned to, among others,
1. The National Development Plan 2030;
2. The African Union’s Agenda 2063: the Africa we Want;
3. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
It should also speak five keys themes across the goals, objectives and performance indicators:
4. Equity and Transformation
5. Digital Transformation and Innovation