Vice-Chancellor Message 08 August 2018

Vice-Chancellor Message 08 August 2018

Publishing Date: 8/8/2018 8:00 AM

As you all know, this is a short week due to the two holidays - Women’s Day tomorrow and the University holiday on Friday. However, I thought it was important to highlight a few developments in the University.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Omotayo Arotiba – a Professor in Applied Chemistry in the Faculty of Science – for his professorial inauguration on Monday, 6 August 2018. In his inauguration address entitled, “Sense it, treat it – Electrochemistry in Action,” Prof Arotiba highlighted research in the fields of electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, analytical electrochemistry, nano-electrochemistry, materials science and electrochemistry of materials from 2006 to date. He is one of our University’s prominent researchers on the application of electrochemistry to solving environmental, water, biomedical and industrial challenges. Prof Arotiba, we congratulate you on your inauguration. Well done!

As we sail through our academic trajectory, I am delighted to share with you that our Johannesburg Business School (JBS) is launching its executive programme offerings. The Art of Storytelling will be the first programme in their progressive and accessible executive programme suite, scheduled for 20 and 21 August 2018. Other programmes include Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Risk Management, The Next Economy, and Project Management. With a strong focus on leadership, management and innovation in the African context, the JBS executive programmes will educate and mentor future generations of African leaders and managers. I encourage you to please visit the School’s web page for more information on upcoming programmes and how to register.
Our University annually conducts Wellness Programmes for our staff and students, encouraging a healthy lifestyle. This year was no exception, with the recent free Wellness Screenings offered at our four campuses. These initiatives are very important; they help us to understand the wellbeing of our staff so that the University will be better equipped in dealing with and avoiding key health risk factors. I encourage all of you to use these free, easily accessible opportunities to your advantage.

Just before the winter recess, I wrote to you about the safety of our staff, students and visitors in and around our campuses. Safety continues to be high on the University agenda. I thought it important to bring this to your attention as you head into this long weekend: please be safe! For those who will be around, please also take note that our Protection Services will be working over the weekend to ensure that you are protected. Should you have any queries relating to this matter, please call the UJ Protection Services on 011 559 6085 (Doornfontein Campus), 011 559 5555 (Soweto Campus), 011 559 2555 (Auckland Park Kingsway Campus), and 011 559 1312 (Auckland Park Bunting Road).

When we return next week, the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) will be finalising preparations for its second annual conference (18 and 19 August 2018) on Transforming Ivory Towers to Ebony Towers for the Humanities Curriculum in South Africa. Additionally, our Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) will host as series of panel discussions on the future of work, the first of which will commence on Wednesday, 15 August 2018. I am looking forward to these invigorating scholarly dialogues, which are critical to our academic decolonisation and Industry 4.0 processes.

​Le iketle ka mafelelo a beke a mabotse, gape le ipshine ka Letšatši la Bomme! (Have a great long weekend, and a Happy Women’s Day!)

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Johannesburg