Mr Janus van As completed an MBA in Finance and investment, BSc Honours in Plant Science and BEd FET in (natural science). Janus previously headed the academic literacy for science portfolio at UP and established the Learning Technologies portfolios at two universities (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Health Science and Glasgow Caledonian University, Business School). Janus joined the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2020, in the capacity as an academic and blended learning coordinator. In this role, Janus oversees projects under 3 strategic foci; Learning Excellence, Marketing and Promotions and the expanded academic platform. This portfolio includes project managing the development of a new honour’s degree in Health Systems Science, manage a team of instructional designers to assist staff with the online learning component of blended learning, the development of the Helping You Learn Online course and the Digital Abilities course for the university as well as other courses.
Mr van As also manages a team that develops learning technologies for the faculty and the implementation of networking and setting up of academic hubs on the expanded academic platform to enhance the learning experience of students at clinics and hospitals. In addition to this Janus coordinates the professional learning series and other faculty development initiatives for staff such as developing a staff induction programme, the marketing and fundraising activities for the Department and . Janus also serves on the Wits Talent Hub steering committee. His research interest lies in Higher Education leadership and culture and managing learning excellence and he is currently busy with a PhD on the development of a framework for the management of learning excellence of undergraduate programmes in Health Sciences