The Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture Series
Inaugural lectures are a central part of university academic life. These events are held to commemorate the inaugural lecturer’s appointment to full professorship. They provide a platform for the academic to present the body of research that they have been focusing on during their career, while also giving UCT the opportunity to showcase its academics and share its research with members of the wider university community and the general public in an accessible way.
Nature’s role in economic development
Professor Edwin Muchapondwa delivered this yearʼs sixth and final Vice-Chancellorʼs Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday, focusing on the role the environment can play in economic development.
11 Oct 2019
Decoding genomes to improve Africa’s health
Professor Collet Dandara’s inaugural lecture provided a brief overview of how African genomes can be decoded to unlock a deeper understanding of patients’ responses to treatment.
30 Sep 2019
Fighting the power in hip hop and scholarship
While they may seem worlds apart, music and scholarship face the same challenges, UCTʼs Professor Adam Haupt said during his recent Vice-Chancellorʼs Inaugural Lecture.
05 Aug 2019
Reconfiguring the human through the child
Existing education models “colonise” children merely to prepare them for adulthood, ignoring what they naturally excel at, says education Professor Karin Murris.
07 Sep 2018
Archie Mafeje’s legacy honoured
Archie Mafeje was a revolutionary thinker, a man ahead of his time, Professor Shahid Vawda said in his Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture.
10 Aug 2018
Making a case for investing in mental health
Professor Crick Lund made a compelling case for investing in population mental health in low- and middle-income countries during his Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture.
25 May 2018
Prioritise the public interest
When creating a system where access to intellectual property works is regulated fairly, prioritise the public interest, says Professor Caroline Ncube.
05 Apr 2018
Lessons in innovation and intervention
Professor Ulrike Rivett traversed 17 years of ICT4D research in her inaugural lecture: “ICT for development: the good intentions of the mobile phone”.
20 Oct 2017
2016 and 2015
No inaugural lectures took place during 2015 and 2016.