- The new vice-chancellor of UJ studied under a tree as a young boy
- He is the new vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and has been doing a sterling job already for three months
- He has years of experience both local and international which he brings the UJ
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is a product of South Africa and has shown that Africa can produce academics of exceptional talent.
Since his days at high school, he had always performed well academically and has, through his research, helped to find ways to make South Africa a better place to live in.
He has won numerous awards including the Order of Mapungubwe, the highest award the South African government can bestow on a person.
On Monday he added a new title, that of vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. Marwala was excited about the inauguration and that he had essentially been working as the vice-chancellor for three months already.
He had started in January after taking over from Professor Ihron Rensburg.
Marwala's journey has not always been easy and he spent his early days of school learning under a tree. He also had to find time to do his schoolwork after herding livestock for his family in Tshivhase, Limpopo.
It was in high school that his true potential began to shine through, he entered and won the National Youth Science Olympiad and was sent to the London International Youth Science Fortnight. After the trip, he decided to study engineering.
He was awarded a scholarship to study mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in the US, where he graduated magna cum laude in his class.
Prior to his appointment as vice-chancellor, he was the deputy vice-chancellor: research and internationalisation, and the executive dean of the faculty of engineering and the built environment at the University of Johannesburg.
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