Today Thursday, 01 July 2021, the University of Venda Executive Management Committee (EMC) welcomed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Post Graduate Studies, Prof Nosisi Nellie Feza. During this exciting moment, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni took his time to share briefly with Prof Feza the University’s new direction and the structures of the University. The Vice-Chancellor told Prof Feza how happy they are to welcome her to be part of the team that aims to position the University for impact and relevance, both locally and internationally.
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni said “we welcome you to the University of Venda. We believe you are a great asset and your wealth of experience will be tremendously beneficial to the University. Together with other team members and the entire University Community, we look forward to significant accomplishments and as a team, we’ll achieve more”. He also said that the University has a supportive Council, comprising of diligent members, who are enthusiastic about the prosperity of this University.
In response Prof Feza expressed her excitement and said she is grateful to be part of the University of Venda and together as a team we are indeed going to achieve more. She indicated that research is very close to her heart, and that it must play an integral part for the University’s sustainability and development.
Professor Nosisi Nellie Feza joined the University of Venda as the Deputy Vice- Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Post Graduate Studies on Thursday, 01 July 2021. She brings with her more than 25 years of wealth of experience in higher education. Prior to joining the University of Venda, Professor Feza was the Campus Rector and a Full Professor at Walter Sisulu University. Her Walter Sisulu University experience was preceded by a position she held as Dean of Humanities at Central University of Technology from 2017 to 2020. She has also been the Head of the Institute of Science and Technology Education at the University of South Africa where she started as an Associate Professor and later promoted to a Full Professor. Professor Feza is an NRF C-RATED researcher.
Professor Feza will provide intellectual leadership and vision for the University of Venda in the area of research, innovation, knowledge exchange and post graduate studies. She will further lead the development and implementation of the University’s overall strategy to meet its goal of pre-eminence in research, innovation, and technology transfer. This entails building a research ethos that fosters excellence, encourages novel ideas, supports young researchers, and nurtures postgraduate students in order to be a pre-eminent producer of new knowledge both locally and globally.
Some of her qualifications include Ph.D in Mathematics Education from State University of New York at Buffalo in the United states of America (USA) and M.Ed, Mathematics Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She is the Recipient of Fulbright Scholarship for a PhD programme in the US, recipient of the inaugural Leroy and Margaret H. Callahan Scholarship and a recipient of a Leeds Bursar UK.
She has published Twenty-four (24) articles in peer reviewed journals, three (03) Published Reports, six (06) Published Book Chapters, one (01) Published Book and Nine (09) Published Proceedings papers.
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Date: 01 July 2021