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ANC Welcomes the installation of Prof Tshilidzi Marwala as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg

27 March 2018

The African National Congress (ANC) congratulates the faculty, staff and students University of Johannesburg on the inauguration of Professor Tshilidzi Marwala as the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

The ANC echoes the words of Minister of Higher Education and Training and former Chairperson of the ANC NEC SubCommittee on Education, Health, Science and Technology, Comrade Naledi Pandor, that Professor Marwala's inauguration "is a reminder of how far we have travelled on the road transfomration" and that he is "living evidence of the immense possibilities that exist in South Africa. …While it signals the work we still have to do, it also reminds us of the strides we have made."

Professor Marwala holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (US), an MA in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pretoria in 1997 and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

He has held various positions at the university including as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Internationalization, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.

His appointment is a ringing endorsement of the institution's ongoing commitment to transformation and to African excellence.

The University of Johannesburg was ranked 7th amongst the continent's top institutions of higher learning by the 2017/2018 QS World University Rankings and is renowned for its research, teaching, innovation and public scholarship.

The appointment of the seasoned academic followed a rigorous selection process. He succeeds Professor Ihron Rensburg and was formally installed at a ceremony in Johannesburg on Monday.

The ANC is heartened by Professor Marwala's remarks at his installation that he intends to position UJ to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is noteworthy that Professor Marwala received the Order of Mapungubwe for his work in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Improving education, training and innovation are accorded priority status by the National Development Plan (NDP) and the ANC regards investment in resource and teaching capacity in our institutions of higher learning as critical if we are to prepare our graduates for the future and equip them with the skills needed to meet the demands of the local, regional and global economy.

Issued by the African National Congress

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