Maralwa to take UJ into future

New University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.
New University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.
Image: Thulani Mbele

There was ululating and jubilation as Professor Tshilidzi Marwala was inaugurated as the new vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Johannesburg yesterday.

Marwala succeeded Professor Ihron Rensburg at the beginning of this year.

Among the dignitaries who attended the event were former president Thabo Mbeki, Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor, Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande, former UJ chancellor Wendy Luhabe, Marwala's family and government officials.

Marwala did not waste time in announcing that he planned to position the institution for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

"Students have to be prepared for the automated world. Factories will have fewer people who will be powered by artificial intelligence technology and no one will be spared. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to integrate man and machines," Marwala said.

He made headlines when he developed a new artificial intelligence machine that could change the way diseases are treated. For this he received more than 45 awards, including the Order of Mapungubwe, the highest award given by the South African government for outstanding achievement.

Marwala obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (US) in 1995, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from University of Pretoria in 1997 and a PhD specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2000.

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