The University of the Witwatersrand Fund, Inc. held a breakfast in New York City for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Habib, on 5 May 2014. Chairman of the Fund, Stanley Bergman hosted the event at his UN Plaza residence, for a large and distinguished New York audience including Board members David Schneider, John Teeger and Bruce Hubbard.
Prof. Habib spoke about the University’s vision and responsibility to be “more globally competitive, yet nationally relevant and responsive”. He referred to “inequality as the Achille’s Heel of South Africa”, and the measures Wits is taking to redress and facilitate access to higher education. These include scholarships and enhanced student support and throughput programmes.
The Vice-Chancellor alluded to Wits’ respected research credentials, evidenced by the National Research Foundation awarding the University the most Centres of Excellence out of all SA universities. The VC’s “war on talent” will see the recruitment of 30 world-renowned scholars in pursuit of the goal to increase research output and grow the postgraduate cohort. In addition, Wits is leading the establishment of a consortium of research universities in Africa that will build “indigenous research excellence on the continent” that will “provide a platform for addressing economic and developmental challenges”.
Download the VC’s full speech here.
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