7.12.2011 Prof Mandla Makhanya the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UNISA at a function to mark the closing of the 2011 academic year. Picture: Etienne Creux

UNISA principal and vice-chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya has received international recognition.

He has been appointed to the executive committee of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association.

Makhanya is part of a quartet of scholars from SA, Canada, UK and US who are joining the association to serve for three years.

The association is a non-profit organisation based in New York, whose purpose is to bring together higher education professionals and thought-leaders for dialogue, network and collaboration on issues relevant to higher education.

Its membership represents more than 130 countries from every continent except Antarctica; every discipline, function and level as well as every institutional type and mission within higher education.

The organisation’s executive director and editor, Patrick Bessinger, said it was looking forward to working with the new members in achieving their vision.

Unisa spokesman Martin Ramotshela said Makhanya’s appointment “reaffirms our growing stature”.