I am glad to be home, says Dr Joel Baloyi
Newly appointed University of Venda registrar Dr Joel Baloyi says he is looking forward to fruitful times at the institution he attended as a student. He is from Lombard Village in the Collins Chabane Local municipality here in Vhembe.
Dr Baloyi assumed the position of Univen Registrar effective from November 1.
In the statement issued by the university’s Marketing, Branding and Communications department, the university hailed the new appointment.
“Dr Baloyi brings a wealth of experience in his new role as the Registrar at Univen. With a background in academia, including six years as a Senior Law Lecturer at the University of South Africa and another six years as Deputy Registrar: Governance, Dr Baloyi is well versed in the intricacies of higher education,” said Univen.
Dr Baloyi further boasts of LLB degree from the University of Venda in the early 2000s.
He then pursued further studies, and earned a LLM degree from the University of Western Cape. He also boasts of LLD from the University of South Africa.
A qualified lawyer, Dr Baloyi was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2006.
He has also undergone extensive training in various other fields, including governance, compliance management, and church ministry.
Dr Baloyi also has a wealth of experience in governance and legal sectors.
He previously served as Company Secretary and head of legal studies in industry and most recently held the position of Deputy Registrar at the University of South Africa.
He is also recognised as an expert in Copyright Law, having written the first doctoral thesis in Music Copyright Law in South Africa.
His expertise in the field has led to numerous national and international consultations.
In the year 2020, Dr Baloyi was invited by the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry to provide expert advice on the Copyright Amendment Bill.
The university said in a statement:”Dr Baloyi’s commitment to professional development is evident through his completion of the Executive Development degree at Stellenbosch University. This programme has enhanced his skills and knowledge equipping him to Excell in his role as a registrar,” said the university.
The brand new Registrar said he was excited to plough back to his Alma mater.
The university’s Vice Chancellor and Principal Prof Bernard Nthambeleni urged the university community to support the new registrar.
“The university is looking forward to a new progressive tenure under the guidance of the new registrar,” Prof Nthambeleni said.