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Prof. Rambe Inaugurated as Full Professor at CUT



Prof. Rambe Inaugurated as Full Professor at CUT

Prof. Rambe Inaugurated as Full Professor at CUT. Prof. Patient Rambe, Research Professor in the Faculty of Management Sciences, was recently inaugurated as a full professor at the Professorial Inaugural Address on 13 May 2024. This event not only marked a significant milestone in Prof. Rambe academic career but also provided a platform for him to share his academic journey and research work with his peers, students, and well-wishers.

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Recognition of Achievement

During the inauguration, Prof. Henk de Jager, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, highlighted the significance of the title of professor, reserved for the most senior academics in any university worldwide. He emphasized that becoming a professor is a testament to Prof. Rambe’s decades of scholarly work and academic excellence. Prof. de Jager expressed pride on behalf of the CUT community in celebrating this achievement with Prof. Rambe, his family, and friends.

Academic Presentation

In his professorial lecture, titled “Technology Entrepreneurship of University Incubated Firms: A Multi-Level Perspective,” Prof. Rambe shared insights from his academic and professional journey. He divided his academic career into three phases: formative, consolidation, and growth. Each phase focused on different aspects of technology entrepreneurship, from social media networking in higher education to the emergence of new technologies in business, especially in small, medium, and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) and startups.

CUT Research Focus

One of the key questions that drove Prof. Rambe’s research was the factors influencing Technology Business Incubation (TBI) and how they contribute to supporting technology entrepreneurship. He defined Business Incubation (BI) as a process that accelerates the successful development of startups and fledgling companies by providing targeted resources and services. Technology Entrepreneurship (TE), on the other hand, involves establishing new technology ventures.


Prof. Rambe concluded his presentation with several recommendations for enhancing technology entrepreneurship and business incubation. He emphasized the need for disciplined technology entrepreneurship training, longer pre-incubation support, and greater collaboration between academia, industry, government, and development institutions. He also stressed the importance of revamping the entire incubation and innovation ecosystem to prioritize knowledge exchange, innovation support, and commercialization efforts.


Prof. Rambe professorial inauguration was not only a celebration of his achievements but also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of technology entrepreneurship and business incubation in driving economic growth and innovation. His research and insights will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of academics and entrepreneurs in their pursuit of excellence.

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