Student Aims for Vice-Chancellor’s Post
I want to be the Vice-Chancellor of UKZN one day, says Masters student Mr Ayanda Romanis Zungu. Zungu, who is completing a Masters degree in Astrophysics, won a bursary from the SA Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for his BSc Honours degree last year as well as his current Masters studies.
He developed a love for astronomy from watching his favourite cartoon series Dexter’s Laboratory. ‘I thought that Dexter was cool and I wanted to be like him!’
Zungu read books on astronomy when he was in high school which further developed his passion for the subject.
‘My passion is learning about how stars are formed and how they evolve to create galaxies. I am also very interested in studying the Big Bang theory and its implications.’
Zungu’s academic record is impressive - he was awarded his BSc degree summa cum laude winning the NITheP Prize for best third year student in 2012. ‘I have a deep hunger to be an expert in Astrophysics and this has always motivated me to work hard.’
Ayanda intends registering for his PhD, becoming a lecturer and eventually taking over as Vice-Chancellor of UKZN. ‘I feel that I am a good leader and as Vice-Chancellor, I would work tirelessly to ensure that the University grows,’ he said.
- Strini Rajgopaul