2019 Speakers

“Africa Writing in Tongues: Towards Social, Political, Heritage and Cultural Justice” 

PROFESSOR MANDLA STANLEY MAKHANYA

PRINCIPAL AND VICE CHANCELLOR

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

PROFILE

Professor Mandla Stanley Makhanya was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa on 1 January 2011 and is a prominent proponent of higher education leadership and advocacy. Prof Makhanya served as President of the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) until 31 December 2017. He is also Treasurer of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). Professor Makhanya is also the President of the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) – International Body.

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

Masters Degree in Industrial Sociology: University of KwaZulu Natal
BA (Honours) in Sociology: University of Fort Hare
BA (Honours) in Sociology: University of Fort Hare
Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education: University of South Africa
Advanced Management Program (AMP): Harvard Business School

HONORARY

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa): University of Athabasca, Canada In recognition of outstanding leadership at Unisa and sustained contribution as a distinguished scholar in distance education.
  • Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) Thomas Edison State University, USA

SCHOLARSHIP AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

He maintains active scholarship through regular publications.

Professor Makhanya is a Deputy Chairperson of the South African National Commission for UNESCO and Chairperson of the Culture Sector of the South African National Commission for UNESCO. He has also been a member of the National Committee of the Memory of the World (MoW). In the 1990s he served in various leadership roles in the South African Sociological Association, including as its Deputy President in 1998, for a period of two years. He continues to be a member of the South African Sociological Association (SASA) and the International Association of Sociology (ISA). Prof Makhanya is on the advisory board of JRODel (Journal of Research in Open, Distance and e-Learning).

Prof Makhanya is married to Mandu Makhanya and they are blessed with four children.

Speakers will be updated as and when information is finalised.