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JOHANNESBURG - Stellenbosch University (SU) will bestow honorary doctorates to four thought leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to society both internationally and in South Africa.

The recipients to be honoured are Omar Badsha who is being awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil).

Professors Glenda Elisabeth Gray, Chief Executive Officer and President of the South African Medical Research Council, is being awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc).

Mervyn Eldred Kinga Senior Counsel and former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, is being awarded the degree of Doctor of Law (LLD).

Lastly Markus A Reuter, Director at the Helmholtz Institute for Resource Technology in Freiberg in Germany, will be awarded the degree Doctor of Engineering (DEng).

The Council approved the honorary doctorates at its meeting in September and the degrees will be awarded at the institution’s Graduation Ceremonies in December 2017 and in March 2018.

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“It is a privilege for us to honour the recipients in this way. They have made it their life’s work to enrich the lives of others. Now it is time to recognise them as excellent role models to us all,” says Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor. 

SU confers honorary doctorates to acknowledge excellence in a variety of fields as well as to identify the individuals concerned as role models for the University community.