Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Prof P (Puleng) LenkaBula

The new principal and vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa) wants the institution to reclaim its space as an innovative leader in distance and open education, and make sure the university contributes to South African and Africa-wide goals on sustainable development.

On top of that, she wants to ensure the university is receptive to gender transformation for all women of colour marginalised in the past.

She is mindful of the enormity of the task facing her but ready for the challenge, Professor Puleng LenkaBula said in the first interview since her appointment in November as the only woman in 148 years to head one of Africa’s largest universities and the institution that in 1946 pioneered tertiary distance learning.

Last modified: 2021/01/05