Professor Irene Govender

Professor Irene Govender
Full Professor
Block, M130, 1st Floor
Information Systems and Technology


Professor Irene Govender is a full Professor in the discipline of Information systems and Technology (IS&T), and an NRF-rated researcher in the field of computing. She served as Academic leader of Information Systems and Technology since 2014 and completed her tenure at the end of 2020.

Her research interests are interdisciplinary involving a niche area of OOP programming, technology for teaching and learning, ICT4D, and Big Data Analytics. She has published widely in scholarly journals and invited speaker for conferences internationally. She has taught a range of modules including Research methodology for IS &T, Advanced Systems Design, Networking and Security for information systems, programming, and Mobile and Personal information Systems for mobile app development.

Professor Govender has served as reviewer for several NRF committees, as well as over 20 international journals and conference proceedings. She has also made many visits to universities and institutions in many parts of the world and collaborated on academic matters. Served as Moderator of Bachelor of Science (honors) degree program offered by London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom and part of the review panel for Ghana BEd programme, including external examiner for several international universities.

Professor Govender has been Chief Examiner for the national senior certificate for IT for a number of years. She brings a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional perspective, a particular strength, to teaching, learning and research with her experience in teacher education in computing, IS&T and computer science. She believes that teaching-learning and research is a partnership.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Computing)
  • MSc (Computer Science – AI)
  • BSc Hons (Computer Science)
  • BSc (Computer Science and Mathematics)
  • JSED (Mathematics and Physics)

Professional Qualifications

  • Teaching Diploma

Professional Bodies

  • ACM
  • IEEE
  • ISI

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary research involving a niche area of OOP programming
  • Technology for teaching and learning and ICT4D
  • Big Data Analytics
  • More recently – robotics and coding for teachers and Computational Thinking

Publications and Papers

  • (2022). Research Status in Computational Thinking in STEM Education. In Advances in Research in STEM Education. IntechOpen Publishers.
  • (2021). Learning Analytics in Higher education. (pages 398-431). In Perspectives on ICT4D and Socio-Economic Growth Opportunities in Developing Countries
  • (2019) – Dynamic Street Parking Space Using Memetic Algorithm for Optimization. Smart Urban Development. (DOI: 10.5772/ Intechopen.86010) IntechOpen Publishers.
  • (2018) A generic self- evolving multi-agent defense approach against cyberattacks in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Handbook of Research on Information and Cyber Security in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (pp. 165-181). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-15225- 763-1.ch006 ) IGI Publishers.
Journal articles
  • (2022). Students’ use of facebook privacy settings: a case of university Students.
  • (2022). IUX/UI design of online learning platforms and their impact on learning: A review.
  • (2021). Towards Understanding Information Systems Students’ Experience of Learning Introductory Programming: A Phenomenographic Approach.