Prof Quintus Vorster: 25 years at UP

Posted on November 11, 2016


Prof Quintus Vorster started working at the University of Pretoria (UP) as a Professor in Accounting in June 1991, having previously been a Professor in Accounting at Stellenbosch University, where he also obtained his PhD. Since he joined the University of Pretoria, Prof Vorster has seen many changes at the University. Back then, the social demographic on campus was very different as it was mainly an Afrikaans university. Today, he says, UP reflects the many diverse and ethnic cultures of South Africa, as well as hosting many international students.

Over this period, the University has grown tremendously in academic stature. Where teaching and learning dominated in 1991, the production of quality research has become progressively more important over time, to the point where the University is now recognised as an important role-player on the African continent and even internationally.

The physical landscape has also changed dramatically during this period. When Prof Vorster joined the University, Roper Street divided Hatfield Campus into an eastern and a western campus. Many new buildings have been erected, and the Groenkloof Campus became part of the University upon the incorporation of Normaal Kollege and the Mamelodi Campus was incorporated when Vista University was dissolved.

Prof Vorster eventually moved from academics to lead UP's finance department, though he says he often misses the academic environment as he is an academic at heart. His two children are following in his footsteps and are both lecturers in UP's Faculty of Health Sciences. Upon his retirement, Prof Vorster says he wants to travel locally and abroad, which will give him the opportunity to pursue his hobby of photography.

His advice to all staff and students is to see the University as a place that 'nurtures innovative ideas', which he found to be a daily highlight as UP was always a place that promoted opportunities if one was prepared to work hard. 'I am proud to be associated with UP,' he says.



- Author Myan Subrayan

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