The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, congratulates Professor Tshilidzi Marwala for having been appointed as the first African Rector of the United Nations University by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Professor Marwala who was the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg. He was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalization (2013-2017) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (2009-2013) at the University of Johannesburg.
The United Nations University (UNU) encompasses thirteen (13) institutes located in twelve (12) countries around the world. The global UNU system is coordinated by UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Minister Nzimande says Prof Marwala has distinguished himself amongst his peers and attained what many, particularly within the black communities, would have thought is insurmountable to a black child, given the South African apartheid history.
He says Tshilidzi is amongst the most authoritative voices of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies as a means to grow the South African economy and create jobs for the youth.
Minister Nzimande furthermore encourages young and black academics to emulate Prof Marwala by taking advantage of opportunities provided through government research support within public universities