Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance will be the foundation and
rationale for all decisions and actions aimed at realizing the vision and
mission of the university.
Within the framework of the University’s vision and mission, this
directorate promotes and facilitates strategic plans, quality assurance
and management information system strategies which guide decisions and actions
of the university.
The Directorate of Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance (IPQA)
at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) was established in 2007. At UNIVEN Institutional
Planning and Quality Assurance are one directorate. The model conforms to
current global practices where university-wide planning and quality assurance
activities are integrated. Both strive towards enhancing an effective and
credible university. They represent common activities that strengthen each
other and allow the university to carry out its core function of teaching
and learning, research, and community engagement. The significance of this
directorate cannot be over-emphasized, considering the increasingly complex
planning and quality control challenges that confront higher education institutions
throughout the world.
Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance functions have become matters
of great importance for universities around the world. In South Africa,
responsibilities and activities of Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance
are strongly informed by the statutory reporting requirements of universities
to bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
and the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC); as well as the national
call for Universities to contribute to higher education policy analysis
The IPQA Directorate plays an advisory role to the Vice Chancellor, also
executing ad-hoc assignments as delegated by the Vice Chancellor and also
to facilitate Institutional Planning, Quality Assurance and Management Information
Systems policies and processes that drive decisions and actions aimed at
achieving sustainable levels of effectiveness in teaching and learning,
research and community engagement.
Much of the work of the IPQA happens at a departmental level with the collaboration
amongst the three units of the department.
Prof Thina Ngobeli was appointed Director Institutional Planning and Quality
Assurance (IPQA) in December 2009. She is responsible for Institutional
Planning, Quality Assurance and Management Information Systems in the University
of Venda. Her portfolio includes, among others, facilitating the development
of the University's strategic plan, monitoring the implementation of the
strategic plan, facilitating academic programme development and submission
to external bodies, departmental reviews, and management information system.
She is a senior manager and serves in numerous committees in the university.
Prior to her appointment as Director IPQA, Prof Ngobeli was Dean of the School of Human and Social Sciences, a position she held for five years. Before that she had been Deputy Dean of the School of Education from 1997 to 1999; Head of the department of Psychology of Education and Early Childhood Education from 1996 to 2004. She has taught and administered modules from undergraduate to postgraduate levels within the broader Psychology of Education discipline. She has also designed and developed programmes in the School of Education. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of South Africa, specializing in Psychology of Education. She is a member of the Limpopo Education Department of Education and Training Council.