UJ announces shortlisted candidates for the Vice-Chancellor and Principal position


Executive Communiqué

Dear UJ Community,

The Chair of the Council of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Mr. Mike Teke, is pleased to announce four candidates for the post of Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University. The candidates are (in alphabetical order of surnames).

  • Prof Zodwa Dlamini (Director of the Pan African Cancer Research Institute, University of Pretoria).
  • Prof Debra Meyer (Executive Dean: Faculty of Science, UJ).
  • Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, UJ).
  • Prof Saurabh Sinha (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation, UJ).

Their shortlisting follows the public advertisement of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal vacancy that resulted from the appointment of the incumbent, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, as the Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, effective from 1 March 2023. Prof Marwala was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UJ in March 2018, taking over from Prof Ihron Rensburg.

Mr. Teke says the University plans to announce Prof Marwala’s successor as soon as the decision has been made by Council to ensure adequate handover and transition time between the Vice-Chancellor designate and Professor Marwala.


Issued by,

Mr. Mike Teke

Chair of Council,

University of Johannesburg




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