Deputy Vice Chancellor
Professor Rob Moore is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Partnerships and Advancement) at the University of the Witwatersrand (‘Wits’) in Johannesburg. He joined Wits in 2006 as Director of Strategic Planning and, in 2007, he was appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Advancement & Partnerships). His work includes responsibility for the advancement ofthe University’s strategic purposes in partnership with other institutions in society.
Among other things, he assists in developing the relationships between Wits and partners in government, industry, civil society and other universities. He was projectdirector for South Africa’s Ministerial Review Committee on the National System ofInnovation, a study conducted in 2010 and 2011 and published in 2012.
Prior to joining Wits, he spent twelve years (1992 – 2004) at the University of Cape Town researching and teaching in higher education studies. His research interests have focused on issues of higher education policy and institutional adaptation. In particular, he has published on issues of institutional responsiveness to policy, on curriculum reform, and on the development of management capacity in higher education.
His expertise in this area led to his secondment from UCT to the Council on Higher Education (CHE) from 2004 to 2006 where he held the post of Director of Institutional Audits in the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). In this role, he was responsible for carrying out the first iteration of the audits of institutional management systems of South African universities.
He sits on the Boards of the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) (as alternate Chairman), the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO), and the Cradle of Humankind Trust (CoHT).