Dean designate for the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Bongani Mayosi, has been awarded an A rating by the National Research Foundation.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded Professor Bongani Mayosi, dean designate for the Faculty of Health Sciences, an A rating. This rating means he joins the ranks of leading international researchers in the view of the NRF.
The NRF uses its rating system to benchmark South African researchers against the rest of the world. Mayosi's rating brings the number of A-rated researchers at UCT to 38.
Mayosi earned two medical degrees with distinction at UKZN, and worked as an intern at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth before joining UCT in 1992. He was admitted to the Fellowship of the College of Physicians of SA in 1995, and earned a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford in the UK in 2003.
He was appointed head of the department of medicine in 2006 and assumes the role of dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences in September 2016, after completing a study break at Harvard University in the US.
In this interview first published in City Press, he talks about his path to academia.
“Isaac Newton said if I have seen farther, it is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants.” says Mayosi. “For me, this award is the recognition of my generous mentors, my committed collaborators all over the world, my wonderful students, and long-suffering family who have contributed to our work on combating poverty-related heart disease in the world.”
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The University of Cape Town mourns the passing of Professor Bongani Mayosi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, who left us on the morning of Friday, 27 July. While this is a very difficult time for both students and staff, particularly those in the Faculty of Health Sciences, it is also a time to reflect on and celebrate the incredible life of one of the university’s finest academics and researchers.