The University of Pretoria (UP) has announced the appointment of professor Tawana Kupe as its new vice-chancellor and principal. Kupe is currently the vice-principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)‚ where his responsibilities include the daily running of the university and the co-ordination of operations across all executive portfolios. He has held numerous senior positions. Before joining Wits‚ Kupe lectured at Rhodes University between 1999 and 2001. His academic credentials include a BA honours degree and a master's in English from the University of Zimbabwe‚ as well as a PhD in media studies from the University of Oslo in Norway. “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‚” said Kupe. Futhi Mtoba‚ the chair of the UP council‚ congratulated Kupe. “We believe that Prof Kupe comes to the position wi...

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