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Adam Habib reflects on his tenure at Wits University

24 February 2020 11:29 AM
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Eusebius McKaiser has a frank conversation with the vice-chancellor and why he is leaving for the UK.

Wits University vice-chancellor Adam Habib has resigned after nearly eight years in the position.

Habib announced his resignation in a statement on Monday.

RELATED: 'I leave Wits in a strong position,' says Adam Habib

He will take up a new post as director at the London-based School of Oriental and African Studies in 2021.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Habib says he really struggled with his decision and he didn't come to it very lightly.

In two and a half years after this year, I will be coming to an end of my second and final term and although we are thinking about a third term at Wits to create the rules for a third term, it cannot apply to me as it would be unethical to do so.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor - Wits University

In a sense the question was what he would do at the end of the two years, he explains.

My skills and my passion is to build a research-intensive university. I think Africa needs that to be part of global institutions that are after the global challenges of our time. It became a pragmatic decision that had to be made.

Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor - Wits University

He says at his inauguration, he vowed to transform Wits but keep its world-class stature.

Listen below to the full conversation:


24 February 2020 11:29 AM
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