The announcement was made in November last year by the university’s highest decision-making body following the resignation of Professor. Cheryl de la Rey, who is set to head the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Kupe officially took the UP reins yesterday and said:“It is an honour and privilege to take over the reins at this proud institution at such a key moment in South African and global history.”
He also acknowledged the foundation of his predecessor in making UP one of the best institutions across the world.
“During De la Rey’s tenure, great strides were made in positioning UP as an institution that is a welcoming home to some of the greatest minds from Cape Town to Pretoria to Addis Ababa and beyond,” said Kupe.