Message from the UKZN Convocation President 2018 - 2019



Another year has passed quickly with UKZN racking up numerous achievements in a variety of fields which have further enhanced its reputation and standing in the Higher Education and public arenas.

Convocation members are the ambassadors of the University and it is our responsibility to spread positive news about UKZN far and wide as we strive to present the Institution in a positive light.

We welcome the appointment of South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as Chancellor of the University. We are privileged to be served by a person of his stature and calibre, and are confident that through his great wisdom, the University will succeed in a wide variety of spheres.

Convocation celebrates the life and centenary of Nelson Mandela. We fondly remember that he was elected President of the ANC during the organisation’s national conference at the Sports Centre of the then University of Durban-Westville in 1991. We also commemorate the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu, an inspirational leader of immense distinction who fought for the liberation of Black women – both old and young. 

We congratulate our students who graduated during this year. We hope they will keep the UKZN flag flying high. Those that graduated for the first time are encouraged to further their studies because we want to produce the best for the nation in both the public and private sectors.

Convocation has been travelling the world to meet alumni to update them on the latest developments at UKZN. Countries visited included the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). 

Finally, we thank former Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, for his valued input over the past three years at the helm of the University. We wish him well in his new endeavours. 

Convocation will participate fully in the process of appointing a new Vice-Chancellor and we hope to make an announcement in this regard early in the new year.

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