President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Justice Mandisa Maya will on Tuesday be installed as the new chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga (UMP).
“Justice Mandisa Maya will officially be installed as the chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga on 30 November 2021,” said the UMP in a statement released on Friday.
Justice Maya takes over from the 1st chancellor of UMP, President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa.
She is the first woman in South Africa to hold the position of president of the SCA and is on the shortlist of candidates vying for the position of chief justice.
Justice Maya’s contribution to democratic institutions and jurisprudence dates back to 1994 when she served as a case investigator for the Independent Electoral Commission during the historic inclusive elections.
Subsequently, Maya practiced as an advocate until she was appointed as a judge in 1999.
In her new role as chancellor of UMP, Judge Maya will be the focal point for stakeholders.
The UMP said Judge Maya will be expected to ensure “the high standing” of the university in the “wider community”.
“The chancellor serves as titular head of the university with no executive powers and confers degrees and awards diplomas, certificates, and other distinctions on behalf of the university,” explained the UMP.
The UMP said Justice Maya’s appointment coincides with “remarkable accomplishments” the institution has made since it was established in 2013 and enrolled its first 169 students in 2014.
Over the years, the university has grown in stature and academic offerings from offering three undergraduate programmes in 2014 to 32 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2021 with 5 392 students registered.
The UMP said this year it received accreditation from the Council on Higher Education to offer its first three PhDs, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and 13 other new programmes.
In the academic year 2022, UMP said it will offer 49 programmes from Higher Certificate to PhD.
“This positive development is in line with the strategic objectives of the university to conceptualise, develop and launch new qualifications that will both stand-alone and support articulation within UMP and between institutions, as outlined in the strategic plan (UMP Vision 2022),” said the university.