Speaking of, in an interesting twist to the story my prospective doctoral supervisor at the University of Pretoria isn’t at the University of Pretoria anymore. Johannes has taken up the post of Dean of Informatics at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. I gather that as a university recently formed from the merger of the Cape Town area’s two technikons that CPUT isn’t as well known as the more established universities. However, Johannes seems keen to shift their emphasis from exclusively teaching to research, and he’s suggested I work their e-Innovation Academy, which is geared toward the intersection of technology, business, government, and society.
Conveniently, I’ll be in Cape Town next month for a meeting of OER practitioners sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation and by going a little early I get to meet Johannes in person and check out his new surroundings. It should be interesting!