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On 20 October 2021, the rector Prof. dr. Kerstin Krieglstein the academic year. As a guest speaker, the University of Freiburg invites Prof. To welcome Mamokgethi Phakeng. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town/South Africa speaks on “Why the world needs diversity”. The event will be streamed live via the Zoom web service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ufs Appoints Mamokgethi Phakeng As New Chancellor
Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng is Professor of Mathematics Education and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, since 2018. A year earlier, she was appointed Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalization at the University of Cape Town.
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Phakeng has received many awards for his scientific publications and his volunteer activities. Among them, she was named Africa’s Most Influential Academic by CEO Magazine in 2014. In 2016, she received the Baobab Order, a South African Order of Merit. In 2019, the University of Bristol, England, awarded her an honorary doctorate in science in recognition of her leadership in mathematics education in South Africa. In 2020, Phakeng was included in Forbes’ inaugural list of the 50 most influential women in Africa.
The mathematician founded the Adopt-a-learner Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization which, since 2004, has provided financial and educational support to students* from municipalities and rural areas so that they can obtain high educational qualifications.
In Freiburg, Phakeng gives a lecture on “Why the World Needs Diversity” at the opening of the academic year.
Anyone interested is invited to watch the ceremony and ask questions in a live chat. Registration not required The leadership and governance crisis at South Africa’s top-rated university has reached a crescendo with Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, the vice-chancellor, on his way out and students condemned by the High Court from further unrest.
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After a week of disruption and an effective shutdown of operations at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Dean of the Faculty of Law Professor Danwood Chirwa accused Phakeng’s manager of deliberately putting staff and students at risk, saying he was concerned that the was illegal. and illegal action. negligent manner.
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During this year-long appointment, Professor Phakeng will engage with our academic community in various ways and will also participate in a series of public lectures that will be recorded and shared online. By hosting Professor Phakeng, we hope to learn and be inspired by her knowledge, approaches and ethos. We will work together to build and improve our research efforts in mathematics education in particular, as well as develop our institutional partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT) more broadly. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, we expect the majority of this visiting professorship to take place virtually; however, we look forward to welcoming Professor Phakeng as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
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Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of , invited Professor Phakeng to become the first BIVP in recognition of her outstanding and inspiring work in mathematics education and university leadership in post-apartheid South Africa. Professor Hugh Brady said: “
The University of is pleased and honored to welcome Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng as our first Illustrious Visiting Professor. She has established herself as an inspiring figure in mathematics and university management in South Africa. I have already had the great pleasure of working closely with Professor Phakeng on our important strategic partnership -UCT and as a member of the Worldwide Universities Network. It will be exciting for our entire community to benefit from Mamokgethi’s expertise, energy and vision over the next year
To be named the first Illustrious Visiting Professor at the university is a great honor, not only for me personally, but also for African scholarship. It is an opportunity to share the work I have done in multilingual mathematics classrooms in South Africa. On a much wider scale, I believe that this appointment also strengthens the relationship between two major higher education institutions: the University of Cape Town, which is the highest ranked university in Africa, and the University of , which is among the top 60 in the world. Institutes for research and higher education. The educational landscape around the world, and more specifically the landscape of leadership in higher education, has changed a lot in recent years and will change even more in the near future. I hope that this new relationship will give me opportunities to share with my colleagues from my own leadership journey. And I look forward to learning from them again.
Professor Phakeng began her tenure as Vice-Chancellor of UCT in July 2018. She previously served as Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalization at UCT since January 2017. and is a highly regarded B1 National Research Foundation rated scientist with over 80 research papers published in five edited volumes . She has been invited to deliver over 40 keynote/plenum talks at international conferences and as a visiting professor at universities around the world. She has won many awards for her research and community work, including the Baobab Table (Silver), which she was awarded by the President of South Africa in April 2016. In August 2014, CEO magazine named her the most influential female academic in Africa; in August 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category; and in 2020 she was included
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During her illustrious career, she broke new ground as the first woman in a number of prestigious positions, including being elected as the first female president of the convocation of the University of the Witwatersrand, chairing the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA ) ). as its first female national president, and are the first black South African researchers to be appointed co-presidents of an inquiry by the International Commission on Mathematics Education. Professor Phakeng’s full biography can be viewed on our website.
This distinguished visiting professorship will build on Professor Phakeng’s existing relationship with the university, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2019 in recognition of her leadership role in mathematics education in post-apartheid South Africa. The orator for her doctorate, Professor Leon Tikly, described her impressive and equally successful dual identity of researcher and professional training. He emphasized what a privilege it was to work with her, explaining how it is “
Her ability to work across communities, encouraging collaboration and partnerships, has led to widespread recognition and admiration
“. The full statement is available on the University of website and makes for truly impressive reading.
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Professor Phakeng is also the founder of the Adopt-a-Learner Foundation, a non-profit organization started in 2004 to provide financial and educational support to township and rural students to obtain higher education qualifications. This further exemplifies her intelligence, compassion and tenacity, which has had enormous and far-reaching consequences throughout South Africa and beyond, and it will be an honor to welcome her to the University of as our first Illustrative Visiting Professor.
Professor Phakeng will be the first awardee under the Illustrious Visiting Professorship scheme, a new initiative that builds on the University’s proud heritage of bringing world-leading researchers to our institution from around the world, which hosts our own prestigious academics. This scheme sits within the International Research Partnerships portfolio, which has a number of different ones
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