3 Reasons We're Obsessed With Rhodes University's New Deputy Vice-Chancellor

No. 1 Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela is the first black woman to serve in this position ✊🏾

Congratulations to Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela on becoming the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University! Here are three reasons we’re STOKED about this:

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1. She’s the First Black Woman to Hold the Position

First of all, this is a win for representation. Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela is black excellence. And we’re delighted to see black women taking up space in education and leadership.


She’s just been appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic and Student Affairs after Dr Chrissie Boughey at Rhodes University in Makhanda.

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EWN reports that Rhodes vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela is thrilled to have her:

“We are deeply grateful and very proud to have her as a key member of the senior management team in her role. We look forward with anticipation to her contribution”.

2. Her Achievements are Endless

Locally and internationally, this woman has been slaying the academic scene.

Women24 reports she’s a Rhodes University alumnus with a post-grad distinction in higher education. She has a Ph.D. and Masters degree in the field from the University of the Free State. Plus two undergrad degrees in education and science.

Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela has been in academia for almost two decades. Prior dean, senior director and associate professor at the University of the Free State, she really has been outchea.

But the list doesn’t end there. Her reputation for academic excellence is global. She worked as a visiting professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, presented research internationally, and has published over 25 papers.


3. She Understands Students, and Her Research Shows it

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of any university should have a mind and heart for students. Students are key in Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela’s research. She says:

“First-year students from non-English speaking backgrounds are not confident in expressing themselves, which becomes a challenge as their entire course offerings are in English.”


This is just one of her insights from her work Students’ perception of own preparedness for higher education. She believes in finding new ways of teaching and learning.

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