Johannesburg – The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has appointed a new chancellor.
Professor Njabulo Ndebele takes over the hot seat at the university. He was inaugurated yesterday at the university’s auditorium.
Ndebele, the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town, takes over from Wendy Luhabe, well known businesswoman and entrepreneur, who had served the university for five years since 2006.
The appointment of Ndebele comes at an opportune time to complement the strategic direction of the institution.
With 50 528 students, 6 453 postgraduates and 3 323 academic staff, UJ has made its mark on the research front where it has more than doubled its outputs since the merger and continues to make notable breakthroughs in a number of fields.
UJ has also positioned itself as an important player in the higher education arena, both locally and internationally.
“In Prof Ndebele, we have found someone with exceptional leadership qualities and a demonstrated commitment to values such as equity, diversity, economic development and corporate citizenship that are so important to us,” said Professor Roy Marcus, chairman of the UJ council.
“We see him as a leader who will assist UJ in moving forward to the next plateau of excellence in teaching, research, community outreach and innovation. He is someone with proven success in bringing about partnerships with the government and industry, and someone who can help further our standing as a premier African city university.”
As a prominent academic, Professor Ndebele served as the vice-chancellor at the University of Cape Town from June 2000 to June 2008.
He also served (from 1993-1998) as vice-chancellor of the University of the North (now merged into the University of Limpopo) and, previously, as vice-rector of the University of the Western Cape.
Earlier positions include chairman of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors’ Association (2002-2005); chairman of the department of African literature at the University of the Witwatersrand; and pro-vice-chancellor, Dean, and head of the English department at the National University of Lesotho.
Professor Ndebele obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in English and philosophy from the University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland (UBLS); a Masters degree in English literature from Cambridge University, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver in the US.
He has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates in literature from universities in the UK, US, the Netherlands, Japan, and South Africa.
Joy as Ndebele takes UJ hot seat