Face to Face with Success

Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor of UFS

Professor Jonathan Jansen’s horizons were always shaped by circumstance. He admits when he was in high school, he didn’t even know how to spell the word university. Through a series of ‘happy accidents’ he ended up as a top student at Cornell and Stanford.

He maintains the values instilled in him in childhood – respect, manners and perspective – have been key to his success. And that his duty is to tirelessly give back.

It was announced recently that he takes up a position at Stanford University later this year. Nikiwe Bikitsha discovers Jansen’s simple approach to life, and how he motivates those around him...


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