Meet Prof Tawana Kupe, the 1st black Vice-Chancellor at UP in over 100 years

Meet Prof Tawana Kupe, the 1st black Vice-Chancellor at UP in over 100 years

- University of Pretoria has named Prof Tawana Kupe as its new Vice-Chancellor

- He holds a DPhil in Media Studies and has held several senior academic positions

- The ANC lauded his appointment as the university's "first black VC in over 100 years"

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The University of Pretoria has named Prof Tawana Kupe as its new Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

In a statement on 21 November, the university said he will succeed Prof Cheryl de la Rey, who has resigned to take up a similar position in New Zealand.

Prof Kupe holds a BA Honours degree and Masters in English from the University of Zimbabwe, Briefly.co.za gathered. He also has a DPhil in Media Studies from Norway's University of Oslo.

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The Prof has held several senior academic positions. Before his appointment, he was the Vice-Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand.

He has also been Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Advancement, Human Resources and Transformation at Wits. Additionally, he was the Executive Dean of the Wits Faculty of Humanities.

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Prior to joining Wits in 2001, he was a lecturer at Rhodes University. He joined it in 1999 from the University of Zimbabwe, where his academic career started in 1988.

Prof Kupe has received a flood of congratulations on his appointment. According to News24, the ANC lauded him as the "first black Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria in over 100 years."

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In a statement, the new VC said:

Universities have a responsibility to develop educated, well-informed and professionally skilled people who can address local and global challenges and contribute towards creating successful and thriving societies.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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