University of Johannesburg appoints new Vice Chancellor and Rector

Prof. Letlhokwa George Mpedi has been appointed Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) effective March 1st next year.

He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and a member of the University’s Management Executive Committee.

He will replace Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala, who will be Rector of the UN University in Tokyo, Japan.

Announcing Mpedi’s appointment on behalf of the University Council, Chair Mike Teke said, “The Board was impressed by his commitment to continuing the University’s strategic goals and our values ​​of transformation, social justice and environmental sustainability.

“Prof Mpedi has also shown an unwavering and outstanding commitment to continue our efforts for the university to be recognized as an innovative and rigorous place of learning with impactful research in the fourth industrial revolution. We are delighted to have him lead our ambitious plans.”

Mpedi was the Executive Dean of UJ Law School until his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In January 2018 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Law Schools (IALS). In 2017, Prof. Mpedi received the Titans: Building Nations Continental Award for Education and Training: Academic.

Earlier this year he walked away with the SA and Sadc regional awards in the sector.