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University of the Western Cape

“I’ve been involved with Academic Partners for many years and cherish their personal touch … never about money, more about client needs and adding value … team members complement one another … technically infused and aligned with UWC … particularly impressed with their professionalism, execution of engagements and the level of comfort  I derived having them as our  ‘partners’.

AP has an unblemished record for on time delivery.”

Manie Regal, Finance Executive, University of the Western Cape

(Summary  – November  2011)


University of Cape Town

“Just a word of thanks for your patience and diligence in terms of the UCT opportunity.  Although I am in negotiation stage of potentially being taken on, it has been an interesting walk with Academic Partners.  Regardless of the final outcome, I need to complement you personally on the manner in which you managed the whole process, which attests to the value that you add to your profession. Well done!”

Nigel Haupt – Director Physical Planning Unit

(Feb 2012)

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University of the Free State

“The Vice-Chancellor and Rector Assignment was afforded to Academic Partners as a result of them being highly recommended. In our 105 year history, this is the first time we have called for outside help in appointing our senior most post.

Academic Partners initiated this assignment with convincing professionalism, enthusiasm and speed and made useful contributions in developing our need. The UFS Council also expressed it’s appreciation for the efficient and professional manner in which the assignment was conducted and concluded.”

Prof. Jonathon Jansen was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Free State with effect from 01 July 2009.

Lourens Geyer, HR Director, University of the Free State

(August 2009)

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University of the Free State

“In my years as a senior leader in higher education, and dependent on the services of academic talent-search agencies, I have yet to meet an organization with the diligence, imagination, care and effectiveness of Academic Partners. Their approach is evidence-based thereby adding a strong scientific basis to their search processes and decisions. They are highly professional and take the duty to listen to their clients very seriously. They are honest and will inform the client of risk and opportunity with respect to candidates. And throughout, they ensure a result that matches client need and market prospects. I am delighted to have been brought to the University of the Free State by Academic Partners and so know their processes personally as well as professionally as head of a large organization. I commend Academic/Executive Partners without reservation and with much confidence.”

Jonathan D Jansen, PhD Vice-Chancellor, University of the Free State

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University of the Western Cape

“I have had the pleasure of being placed by Academic partners and used Academic partners for placements at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

My own placement goes back to 2003 as a senior manager at UWC through Academic Partners (then called Deloitte & ToucheExecutive Placements (Pty) Ltd). Their methodology included the ABAC evolution process and profiling of candidates, which fairly presents a profile to be matched with sustainability of a role. My personal experience of the ABAC process assisted me with a perspective of the “real me” as the world sees it, “actual reality”. I have since then used the results as a base for my own personal growth as an executive manager.

Academic Partners has received many senior manager appointment assignments from UWC as we believe in their professionalism and their understanding of our needs. We have retained their services over the years due to their ability to deliver with efficiency. We highly recommend Academic Partners / Executive Partners for their authentic relationship with UWC, integrity and their understanding of complex environments and efficient delivery.”

Manie Regal, CA (SA)

Executive Director: Finance & Services, University of the Western Cape

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North-West University

“Academic Partners have proven to be thoughtful and responsive partners in our endeavour to attract high quality candidates for senior roles. They are fully recommended. Decidedly professional in approach, they were able to perform to very difficult time frames and without any quality deficits.”

Robert Kettles, Chief Strategy Officer, North-West University