Stellenbosch University (SU) will confer honorary doctorates upon three outstanding individuals who have made valuable contributions in various fields.
Their tireless commitment and extraordinary efforts to make a positive difference in people's lives resonate strongly with SU's vision of amongst others being globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative and where knowledge is advanced in service of society.
The recipients of the honorary doctorates are:
- Ms Nasima Badsha grew up in South Africa and the United Kingdom, and has made outstanding contributions to South African higher education over a period spanning more than 30 years. She did pioneering work in creating access, equity and social justice in the higher education system and played a key role in conceptualising a new higher education dispensation in South Africa.
- Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim is a prominent National Research Foundation A-rated* South African scientist, epidemiologist who specialises in infectious disease, and associate scientific director of the Centre for AIDS Research in South Africa (CAPRISA). She is being honoured for her commitment to research and education in the field of women's health in Africa and globally, particularly her successful efforts in increasing the national and international focus on HIV, and her pivotal role in HIV prevention research.
Ms Rachel Kachaje’s honoroary doctorate will be awarded posthumously. Kachaje passed away in September this year. Kachaje, who hailed from Malawi was a well-known activist with over 25 years' experience in advocating for equal opportunities and rights for persons with disabilities in Malawi, the rest of Africa and across the globe. Kachaje, who contracted polio at the age of three, held high office in several disability and human rights-related organisations and committees, and was also a former Minister of Disability and Elderly Affairs in the Malawian government.
*An A-rating by the National Research Foundation recognises academics who are considered global leaders in their respective fields for the quality and impact of recent research outputs.