UK university honours DUT professor

2015-06-22 12:59
Professor Ahmed Bawa.

Professor Ahmed Bawa. (File)

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DURBAN University of Technology’s vice chancellor Professor Ahmed Bawa will be awarded an honorary doctorate of science by a top British university for his contribution towards science and higher education.

Bawa, who completed his PhD in theoretical science at Durham University, will receive the honour in the UK tomorrow during the institution’s summer congregation graduation ceremony.

Bawa was inducted as DUT’s vice chancellor in 2010 and has gone to great lengths to improve the quality of education and lecturers at the institution since his appointment.

The professor said in an interview on Friday that he had studied a BSc at Natal Technicon (now DUT) before he was offered a scholarship to study further at Durham University in the UK.

“I was very fortunate to have been offered a scholarship to study in the UK as I wanted to study maths and science at a more fundamental level,” he said.

Bawa said he had many offers of scholarships from different universities in the UK, but chose Durham because of its prestigious name and because some members of his family went there.

DUT said in a statement Bawa’s wife, Dr Rookaya Bawa, also studied at Durham University, and completed her Master’s degree in education at the College of St Hilde and St Bede.

His daughters, Nadya and Mishal, also began their studies there.

Bawa said news of his honorary doctorate from Durham University had come as a “complete but pleasant surprise”.

“I was totally surprised. It is a major university and it was important to me that I was recognised for my work. It creates an opportunity to position our university [DUT] and strike up partnerships with other institutions.

“DUT has a couple of large partnerships around the world, but we would like to create partnerships that are more focused on DUT and the work we are doing.”

Bawa said he was pleased with the progress DUT had made over the past few years and there were a few projects that had started at the university to move the institution forward.

These projects include a strong focus on e-learning, as well as the introduction of general education where language and philosophy subjects will be an option in every curriculum to “grow students intellectually”.

Bawa said the university had established 12 research centres, all focused on researching and publishing papers on challenges that society faces, such as water, energy and food security.

The award and the prospect of growing DUT’s partnerships where both exciting ventures and were welcomed by both Bawa and DUT, the vice chancellor said

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