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Tuesday, 09 April 2019

Three days of celebrations at CPUT

CONGRATS: More than 1 500 students will graduate during the Autumn graduation. CONGRATS: More than 1 500 students will graduate during the Autumn graduation.

The CPUT community has much to look forward to this week, including the Autumn Graduation and the installation of Prof Chris Nhlapo as the institution’s third Vice-Chancellor.

One of the highlights of the first graduation ceremony on Thursday morning will be the awarding of honorary doctorates to the two surviving Rivonia trialists, Denis Goldberg and Andrew Mlangeni,

Goldberg, who will be celebrating his 86th birthday on the day, spent 22 years in prison, while Mlangeni, whose Robben Island cell was next to that of Nelson Mandela, spent 26 years in jail.

More than 1 500 graduands will receive their degrees on Thursday and Friday including ten who will receive their doctorates and 63 their Masters.

Prof Nhlapo, who previously served as the institution’s first Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships, will be installed on Wednesday.

During his tenure as Deputy-Vice-Chancellor he authored the Research, Technology and Innovation Blueprint for the institution that underpins the university’s Vision 2020.
Nhlapo has occupied a number of senior positions at Higher Education Institutions and Science Councils. He was the Head of Chemistry at the universities of the North and the Free State before joining the National Research Foundation (NRF).

“I am thrilled and humbled to be appointed as the third Vice-Chancellor of CPUT. The task I face is complex. During my acting period I started with the conceptual underpinning of Vision 2030 for the institution. I am looking forward to completing this plan and rolling it out to enable the institution to respond to the challenges such as the 4th Industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, sustainable development and South Africa’s National Development Plan,” he said following his appointment last year.


Written by Ilse Fredericks


Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.