UJ celebrates outstanding teaching and research excellence with 2016 VC Awards

Date: Nov 18, 2016 | Faculties, Faculty of Humanities, News

Excellence is at the core of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) legacy, with exemplary contributions from research, teaching and learning. UJ transforms society and individuals through the commitment of its academics and professional support staff.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards recognise the individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievements aligned to the University’s vision and values.

On Thursday, 17 November 2016, six staff members were honoured with the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards for Teaching, Research, Support, Global Excellence and Stature, and Beyond Normal Call of Duty.


Prof Christian Rogerson, an economic geographer whose research encompasses geography, tourism studies and local development issues, was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year.

Dr Llewellyn Howes from the Faculty of Humanities, was honoured as the Most Promising Researcher of the Year.

Teaching Excellence

Acknowledged for their teaching excellence was Prof Khmaies Ouahada (Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; and Prof Maria Frahm-Arp (Faculty of Humanities). Both were recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The Faculty of Economics and Financial Sciences’ Mr Husain Coovadia was the recognised as the Most Promising Young Teacher.


The award exceptional service by support staff, going Beyond the Normal Call of Duty was bestowed on Mr Andries (Godfrey) Helani from Student Affairs.

Global Excellence and Stature

Prof Bertil Andersson, the President of Nanyang Technology University and Prof Adebayo Olukoshi, the Director of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Africa and West Asia, will receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Global and Excellence and Stature at the Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS and Emerging Economics Universities Summit at UJ in November 2016.

Vc Awards 2016

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