Professor Shadreck Chirikure, director of the Archaeology Materials Laboratory and head of the Department of Archaeology in UCT’s Faculty of Science presented the Vice-Chancellor’s inaugural lecture titled: “Why does ‘success’ continue to elude contemporary Africa?” on 3 May 2019.
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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.
No inaugural lectures took place during 2015 and 2016.