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Tlou gets UCT honorary degrees

Samuel Moribame
6/27/2006 4:20:32 PM (GMT +2)

The former Vice Chancellor, Professor Thomas Tlou who finally retired from University of Botswana in 2005, was recently honoured by the University of Cape Town (UCT) via an honorary degree of Doctor of literature during its graduation ceremony.

Professor Tlou was the first citizen UB Vice Chancellor, a position which he held for 13 years until he retired in 1998 when he joined the Faculty of Humanities as Professor of History. As a scion of academia he is held in high esteem in his home country, Botswana, Africa and the world. The Chancellor of Cape Town is another respected and accomplished scholar, Professor Njabulo Ndebele who succeeded another luminary and anti-apartheid campaigner, Dr Mamphela Ramphele. In the citation, the UCT says Professor Tlou is a respected historian and "a distinguished son of Africa whose contribution to higher education in his native Botswana and in Southern Africa and the continent as a whole, are many and lasting". University of Cape Town acknowledges Professor Tlou's role in the creation of USHEPIA programme at UCT, of which he was an early and strong supporter. This developed into highly successful staff development programme in cooperation with several African universities. The citation ends with this glowing tribute: "It is entirely fitting for the University of Cape Town to honour this highly respected and much-liked doyen of African higher education for his services to high education in this country, the region, and the Commonwealth". UCT says Professor Tlou's career has always been characterised by dedicated public service. He was Botswana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, between 1976 and 1980, Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and a member of the Executive Board of the Association of African Universities. Send us your comments about Mmegi newspaper Search For Old Newspaper Editions To advertise contact us through email

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