SARIMA is proud to announce that its number of Registered Technology Transfer Professionals (RTTP’s) has increased from 14 in (2019) to 17 individuals in 2020. From the last application round in July 2020, three staff members of Stellenbosch University’s Technology Transfer Office, Innovus, received international recognition as professional technology transfer professionals from the Alliance for Technology Transfer Professionals. Joubert de Wet, Nolene Singh and Doris Peters are amongst a small group of just more than 564 technology transfer professionals globally who now have RTTP-status. Luan Africa, from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) technology transfer office, was also successful in applying for Candidate RTTP status.
RTTP is the internationally recognised framework that sets the standard for Technology Transfer (TT) practitioners. This status is the professionalisation of technology transfer as a career, and it offers TT practitioners recognition for reaching a peer-evaluated professional level in their career. RTTP also implies a commitment to an individual’s professional development and personal excellence and gives recognition to achieving world-class standards in job execution in this field.
“RTTP reflects competence,” says Anita Nel, Chief Director: Innovation and Business Development of Stellenbosch University. “This international designation shows employers, colleagues and partners that you have demonstrated the core competencies necessary to work effectively in the field of technology transfer and have sufficient experience to add significant value based on a recognised track record.”
Let’s hear what our three new RTTP’s has to say about their accomplishments:
Joubert de Wet:
“Being recognised by a group of highly experienced international peers as having the track record, experience and skills required to work effectively and add value in technology transfer is an exciting milestone in my professional journey.”
“For me my RTTP status signifies me obtaining personal and professional credibility on an international level in technology transfer management. It means that I have the necessary experience and skills to be a successful technology transfer professional. “
“I have no words to explain how special and rewarding it is to achieve the RTTP status – to receive professional recognition from the technology transfer community (internationally) feels amazing and out of this world. I have never thought to apply for RTTP as it is only applicable to technology transfer professionals, but now that I have achieved this recognition, it can be open for any technology transfer administrator/officer/coordinator to take that chance and apply. I could also not have done this without the support of my team and especially my line manager, who inspires me every day to work and live outside my box.
Written by Petro Mostert, Stellenbosch University