New head sought for UKZN

2013-08-09 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal is looking to employ a new vice- chancellor as Professor Malegapuru Makgoba’s term of office expires at the end of the year.

The outgoing vice-chancellor and principal of the UKZN, Makgoba served two terms in office. He joined the university in September 2002.

The chair of the university’s council, Phumla Mnganga, said they have begun the process that will be undertaken in two phases to recruit a new vice-chancellor and principal.

The university has already appointed an external advisory working group to lead the process. Justice Zac Yacoob, retired judge of the Constitutional Court, is one of the members.

“The group has begun its work and through a process of consultation will define the leadership vision for UKZN, with particular reference to the roles, responsibilities and characteristics of the new vice-chancellor,” Mnganga said.

The students, staff, donors, unions and alumni will also be consulted to ensure an inclusive process, said Mngan­ga.

The first phase will elicit comment and recommendations from the university’s key stakeholders on the profile of the new vice-chancellor and submissions will be consolidated and a final report presented to council in December this year.

The second phase will begin early next year when they advertise the post nationally and internationally.

The suitable candidate is expected to be selected by June 2014.

Mnganga said under Makgoba’s leadership the university has made significant strides, particularly in the standing of the organisation, transformation and research achievements.

“The university is recognised as the most transformed institution in the country and is ranked in the top three percent of the world’s universities,” she said.

The council said Makgoba’s leadership is respected as a global repository of scientific knowledge production and innovation in the higher education sector.

Mnganga mentioned the three multi–million-rand research institutes, including the UKZN Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute (DDMRI) as some of Makgoba’s achievements.

“We are looking for an exceptional academic leader who will take the university further on this trajectory of success,” she said.

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