Meet Loyiso Nongxa, the newly elected vice-president of an international maths union

Meet Loyiso Nongxa, the newly elected vice-president of an international maths union

South Africans were proud to hear Professor Loyiso Nongxa was chosen to act as the Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

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The National Research Foundation (NRF) took to its official Twitter page to share Nongxa’s big news.

“Congrats to Prof Loyiso Nongxa who has been elected as a Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union. He is the Chairperson of the NRF and the Founding Director of the Centre for Mathematical and Computational Sciences at Wits,” the post was captioned.

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Briefly.co.za learned the IMU meeting would be conducted in Brazil. According to the NRF, the IMU was established in 1920 and forms part of the International Science Council (ISC).

It is not the first time Nongxa’s exceptional skills led him abroad- he had previously served as a Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Harvard University, as well as the University of Illinois.

To add to his international success, Nongxa was also a Visiting Researcher at the several other US higher education institutions, including the Universities of Colorado, Hawaii, Connecticut and Baylor University.

His outstanding achievements led to social media users praising him on Twitter.

LenkaBula, who goes by the Twitter handle @LenkaBula, wrote: “Congratulations Prof Nongxa...Mathematics is 1of the most amazing subjects/disciplines yet when not taught by people who are passionate it has the potential to repel many Pls inspire many more youth& Young adults to specialise in Mathematics &STEHM We need them 4the continent.”

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