Mpumalanga’s new university has named its first chancellor. Sowetan Live reports that Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed the university’s first chancellor.
The new university’s chairperson of council Madoda Mabunda stated that the new chancellor will boost the image of the fledgling university, which since its formal launch in 2013‚ had made great strides in ensuring that it meets the mandate for which it was established.
Mabunda also opined that Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment would lend “political weight and leadership gravitas to the University of Mpumalanga‚ given his profile as a renowned former trade unionist‚ struggle stalwart‚ successful businessman and one of the architects of the founding constitution of a democratic South Africa.”
The decision to make Cyril Ramaphosa the university’s first chancellor was taken in April 2015.
Mabunda postulated that the new chancellor is expected to secure enrolments for nine formal programmes in Nature Conservation‚ Education‚ Hospitality Management‚ Bachelor of Science in Agriculture‚ Bachelor of Development Studies in Agriculture‚ Communication and Technology.
Speaking also, the university’s Vice-chancellor Thoko Mayekiso expressed hope that the school will attain to greater heights under the leadership of Ramaphosa.
He said, “With the collective leadership of the new chancellor together with the incumbent council and executive management‚ the university will build on the great strides made in its short life span and ensure rapid growth in the next few years.
We welcome our new chancellor on board and we hope to leverage on his massive experience as a trade unionist‚ business and political leader in our quest to become the African university that provides leadership and knowledge creation and dissemination.”
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa’s inauguration ceremony holds at the university’s main campus in White River‚ Mpumalanga.
Students have turned out in their numbers to register at the new university since January this year. The university has also added four new courses this year.
First-time students expressed happiness that the registration process in the school was orderly done, unlike what is obtainable in other universities.
They also said that they were very excited that they don’t have to travel to other provinces to enrol for university education.
The new Mpumalanga university replaced the Mpumalanga Agricultural College.