28 April 2022 Volume :10 Issue :13

Dr Reuel Khoza to be Installed as Chancellor of UKZN

Dr Reuel Khoza to be Installed as Chancellor of UKZN
Distinguished thought leader and UKZN Chancellor, Dr Reuel Khoza.Click here for isiZulu version

Distinguished thought leader, captain of industry and change agent at the forefront of transformation of the South African political economy, Dr Reuel Khoza will be installed as UKZN Chancellor at a ceremony on the Westville campus on 4 May.

‘I appreciate the profound honour this bestows upon me as well as the attendant responsibilities,’ the President of the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA) said.

Ms Normah Zondo, Executive Director: Corporate Relations said the University is honoured to welcome Khoza as its fourth Chancellor. ‘Dr Khoza is acknowledged for his deep commitment to transformation, his academic prowess and it goes without saying, his remarkable business acumen. He is also an accomplished author and is fluent in several languages. We are confident he will serve the University with distinction and we look forward to interacting with him at graduation ceremonies,’ said Zondo.

As Chancellor, Khoza will serve as the titular head of the University - presiding over graduation ceremonies, conferring degrees and awarding diplomas and certificates, among other functions. He was appointed to serve a four-year term in late 2021, but his official installation was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The installation will be followed by the University’s first in-person graduation ceremonies in more than two years. Known for its jubilant and entertaining ceremonies, UKZN will see 8 795 graduands cross the stage from 4 to 21 May at 30 ceremonies on the Westville campus. Around 64% of the graduates are women.

An impressive 410 students will graduate cum laude, and 121 summa cum laude.

The University will confer 6 094 undergraduate degrees and 2 701 postgraduate degrees, of which 213 are doctoral degrees. ‘The University is incredibly proud of the achievements of 84 students with disabilities, 30 of whom completed postgraduate studies,’ said Zondo.

Included among the graduates are 193 international students, 163 of whom will receive postgraduate degrees.

A total of 1 490 degrees will be conferred in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science; 1 067 in the College of Health Sciences; 4 230 in the College of Humanities and 2 008 in the College of Law and Management Studies.

Celebrate our graduates’ achievements with us by using the hashtag #UKZNgrad2022 on social media, or visiting our FacebookTwitter and YouTube channels from 4 to 21 May. The Installation of the Chancellor will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

Photograph: Supplied

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