University of Pretoria honorary doctoral degree awarded to A/Prof Mpofu

4 June 2010

Associate Professor Elias Mpofu was awarded an honorary doctoral degree - Doctor Educationis (honoris causa) (DEd) - by the prestigious University of Pretoria in South Africa at a graduation ceremony held at the end of April.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, Professor Cheryl de la Rey conferred the degree on Professor Mpofu as the first graduand of the day.

"Prof. Elias Mpofu is widely regarded as the leading international researcher, scholar and thinker in rehabilitation psychology," commented Professor De La Ray. "His contributions to this field are pioneering."

In the statement of commendation Professor Erma Eloff, Dean of the Faculty of Education said Associate Professor Mpofu is, "an international leader in innovative experiential learning such as his use of service learning to teach rehabilitation and health science classes."

Upon conferment of the degree, Professor Mpofu said he was humbled and honoured to be part of Pretoria's tradition of recognising academic excellence regardless of the personal or historical circumstances of individuals or their communities of origin.

The Vice-Chancellor appointing A/Prof Mpofu
The Vice-Chancellor appointing A/Prof Mpofu

"Knowing the exceedingly high academic reputation of the University of Pretoria, and theprestige bestowed from wearing its colours, I am in delight for this recognition from one of the world's premier universities, and a trail blazer in educational leadership on the African continent."

The University of Pretoria ranks among the top two universities on the African continent in world university rankings, and has a well deserved reputation in view of the university's stellar achievements in education, the arts and sciences. An honorary doctoral degree is rarely awarded and is a widely recognised milestone of excellence in the scholarly community.