Midlands local is new vice chancellor of DUT

2010-05-28 00:00

FORMER midlands man Professor Ahmed Bawa has been appointed as the new vice chancellor of the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Bawa, who hails from Seven Oaks near Greytown, will be returning to the province after working as professor of physics and associate provost at the University of New York, where he is serving his notice. He starts his duties at the DUT in September.

In a statement released yesterday afternoon, the chairperson of the university council, Dr Jairam Reddy, said Bawa has unanimous support from the university community after a “comprehensive recruitment process” that drew applications from highly experienced senior academics from South Africa and further afield. “Professor Bawa has an impeccable academic and leadership record and his strong research background will be an asset to the DUT community,” said Reddy.

Bawa has been the deputy vice chancellor and principal of the Durban campus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the former chairperson of the board of the National Research Foundation and a member of the National Advisory Council of Innovation.

He has had over 30 articles published in prestigious journals, and is one of a select few individuals with access to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva in Switzerland to work on a global project addressing the most fundamental questions of physics.

He holds a master’s degree in science from the University of Durban Westville and a doctorate from the University of Durham in the UK.

Reddy said that with Bawa at the helm of the DUT, it will be “well positioned to further develop into a leading university of technology that will make KZN proud”.

Bawa, who described his appointment as an honour, said a properly functioning DUT is an important part of the solution to the development challenges facing KZN and South Africa.

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