Vice-Chancellor's Profile

Professor Sibongile Muthwa

Professor Muthwa is the Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and an MSc in Development Policy and Planning from London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has a distinguished career both in South Africa, and internationally, working in both development and public sector institutions, as well as in academia. Between 2010 and 2017 she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support, at Nelson Mandela University.

Professor Muthwa currently serves as the Chairperson of Universities South Africa [USAf] a membership organisation representing all South Africa’s universities, that promotes and facilitates optimum conditions for universities to operate effectively and contribute to social, cultural and economic development. She further serves on the Presidential Human Resource Development Council.

Prior to joining the university, she served as Director General of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government [2004 and 2010]. Upon her return to South Africa, before joining government, she was Director of the Fort Hare Institute of Government.

She is deeply committed to gender justice, social inclusion and active democratic participation, and accordingly serves on a number of Boards and advisory structures, including from 2014 as a Commissioner of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, and serving as its Deputy Chairperson from 2017-2019.

“So, humbled, inspired, accountable and once more: resolute... I am resolute in my conviction that this university – our university – will soar from its rock-solid foundations to become a giant African-based edifice of intellectual inquiry and advancement… a transdisciplinary centre of excellence. Together we can achieve this, and more”.
Prof Muthwa on the occasion of her inauguration as Vice-Chancellor, 17 April 2018



IN SERVICE OF SOCIETY     |     Some key milestones in our journey to achieving this


Medical School

Mandela University’s Medical School, which is based at the Missionvale Campus in the heart of the Bay’s townships and close to Dora Nginza and Livingstone hospitals, will serve as a beacon of hope for communities it aims to serve, as well as the Eastern Cape and South Africa at large.

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Centre for Women and Gender Studies

Through rigorous and critical analysis of the role of economic, religious, and political institutions in legitimizing and institutionalizing gender, sex and sexuality disparities the Centre seeks to mainstream gender across the sector through teaching and learning, research, and collaborative engagements.

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Articles and Opinions     |     Our Vice-Chancellor in the news

Updates from our Vice-Chancellor     |     Prof Muthwa shares her thoughts


VIDEO MESSAGES     |     Recordings of our VC

Welcome 2021

Excellence Awards 2020

Message to staff at end of 2020

Mandela Day 2020


PUBLICATIONS     |     Annual Reports & Institutional Publications


Annual Reports

read our latest annual integrated reports, performance reviews and research & innovation reports.

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Institutional Publications

read our latest institutional publications to find updated facts & figures and information.

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SPEECHES     |     Read some of our VC‘s speeches