UJ Alumni Impumelelo Magazine Edition 8

administrator of the National Student Fund Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for one year, which eventually extended to 30 months. It is common cause that NSFAS had collapsed in 2018 and failed hundreds of thousands of students who didn’t receive stipends for periods of up to eight months. He reversed the fortunes of NSFAS and provided the financial reassurance to more than 700,000 students to focus on their academic programmes. “My job as Dean of the JBS remains daunting, but quite different, yet taken as a whole complimentary from what I’ve done in the past. Believe me, I’ve had sleepless nights thinking about the radical shift, but I remain convinced that we are on the right path, ” he says.

Cape. In 2005, he completed an MBA (cum Lude) at the University of Stellenbosch specialising in International Finance, receiving the Old Mutual Gold medal. This was followed by an MCom in International Tax at the University of the Northwest in 2009. More recently, Prof Carolissen served three terms as the chairperson of the University of the Witwaters- rand council. In his career, he has occupied a diverse array of roles, including industrial engineer, senior lecturer in physics, Managing Director of the South African Bureau of Standards, Chief Operating Officer of Damelin group of companies, and General Manager of Quality Management at SARS. In August 2018, he was appointed by Minister Naledi Pandor as the

“We will be allowing students to specialise and explore digital transformation in their respective disciplines through elective courses presented by our international partners. In our newly constructed PGDip, certification with selected technology providers to promote employability and relevance has been incorporated. Other initiatives in the pipeline include an executive coaching centre, and addressing the lack of financial resources among deserving students by facilitating affordable, unsecured bank loans. Prof Carolissen’s biography reveals that he is an ideal fit to manage the new direction that JBS has embarked on. Born and raised in the Western Cape, he obtained his PhD in 1995 in nano-physics at the University of the Western

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