New research units are finding new solutions The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Limpopo (UL), Professor Mahlo Mokgalong, commits the university to more local engagement and building an international reputation. Congratulations on UL’s 60th anniversary. Where to from here? The next chapter beyond this 60-year feat will be the building and sustaining of an international reputation. We have established a portfolio of “Research, Innovation and Partnerships” to begin positioning the university as a global player in knowledge generation. We want to remain as the University of Limpopo for human and environmental wellness, finding solutions for Africa. We are proud to have several health-related programmes. We are, so far, the only university to establish a medical school post-1994. We are also participating in the Nelson Mandela-Fidel Castro programme. The 2018 cohort which we hosted secured a 100% pass.
Professor Mahlo Mokgalong
BIOGRAPHY P r o f e s s o r M o k g a l o n g ’s speciality for his PhD (Zoology) was Parasitology while his MSc focused on Limnology. While completing his PhD he worked at the British Museum of Natural History and the Commonwealth Institute of Parasitology where he discovered his love of research. He has been Research Assistant, Senior Lecturer, Deputy Dean and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture. He first enrolled at the University of the North (as UL then was) in 1972.
Is this giving life to UL’s motto “Finding solutions for Africa”? We have established a unit called the Rural Development and Innovation Hub (RDIH), which serves as the primary vehicle for innovation and the institutionalisation of our scholarship of engagement. Major projects such as the Faculty of Science and Agriculture’s “Science Centre”, the Limpopo Agro-Food Technology Station (LATS) and the Limpopo Co-Lab lead the way. Alongside these highly visible flagships are a myriad transdisciplinary projects, including Creative Waste Management, the Nguni Cattle Project,
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