The United Nations Academic, Scientific and Cultural Group has appointed College of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala the brand new rector of the United Nations College in Tokyo, Japan.
Professor Marwala would be the college’s seventh rector and can take up his new submit from subsequent March. He succeeds Canada’s Professor David M. Malone who has headed the college for the previous 9 years.
The United Nations College is a worldwide assume tank of 13 institutes in 12 international locations. It helps efforts to resolve world human growth challenges working carefully with different United Nations system organizations and main analysis establishments.
An educational for many of his working life, Professor Marwala was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Analysis and Internationalization at UJ until 2017 and Government Dean of the School of Engineering and the Constructed Atmosphere earlier than then.
“Professor Marwala is an achieved scholar and thought chief with multi-disciplinary analysis pursuits that embody the idea and software of synthetic intelligence to engineering, pc science, finance, social science and medication,’’ the United Nations stated in an announcement. “He has an intensive observe file in human capability growth and is dedicated to leveraging expertise and world connectedness in the direction of the pursuit of the Sustainable Growth Targets.’’
He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard College, College of California at Berkeley, Wolfson Faculty of the College of Cambridge and Nanjing Tech College. He has additionally beforehand served as a member of the Worldwide Consultative Council on the Silesian College of Know-how in Poland and is a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Basis.
Professor Marwala holds a doctorate specializing in Synthetic Intelligence and Engineering from the College of Cambridge, a Grasp of Mechanical Engineering from the College of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve College.
His work is internationally acknowledged and amongst different issues he’s a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Science of South Africa, the African Academy of Sciences and the South African Academy of Engineering.