Anchored Education bestowed Prof. Dr. Karien Jooste with the title of Honorary Dean of Anchored Education in South Africa and globally. This title was conferred on her in 2020 in recognition of her mentorship and contributions in the field of education and her expertise in management, and her unique ability to establish Anchored Education as an internationally accredited online school for the learners of South Africa.
She is a well-known academic in South Africa and internationally, specifically for her niche area of “leadership”. Her career spans over 39 years in senior positions in various Higher Education institutions. Her expertise in educational management competencies includes being part of the planning and commissioning of new departments; curriculum design and development; establishing new programs; quality assurance reviews; directing mergers between institutions; integrating mobile technology into programs; educational leadership; and innovative, strategic management solutions. She previously worked closely with the Africa Union (NEPAD) in establishing education programs in Africa. Her roles through the years have been as a teacher, rated researcher accredited by the National Research Foundation in South Africa, headship of schools at universities, member of professional bodies, and honorary professor at the University of Swansea in Wales and the International University of Management. She had the privilege of building international networks with various international universities, such as the University of Missouri; this is ongoing due to collaboration in a community research project. As a researcher, she has completed various masters and doctoral students, published more than 100 accredited journal research articles, and collaborated with international academics, some of whom focused on mobile learning and technology. Her strength is authorship; she has edited seven academic handbooks related to the areas of Leadership and Management.
Prof. Dr. Jooste serves as an editor and board member of international and national journals. Her expertise is demonstrated by the many research grants received, her visits to more than 70 countries, and countless invitations to present at international conferences. She served on various committees nationally and internationally at distant and residential institutions, making her an expert in global interaction, capacity building, and partnerships. Her passion is ‘program reviews’ in support of quality improvement and the continuation of accreditation at Higher Education Institutions. This has given her tremendous opportunities to improve quality education in different settings and contribute to transforming schools into 21st-century learning environments across the world.
Her points of pride include the development and implementation of new school programs along with business plans for staffing and finances. Her role in the planning and commissioning of new building projects for departments and obtaining grants from the Department of Higher Education is a visible contribution.