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Top African scholar appointed director of Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study
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Top African scholar appointed director of Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study

Professor Edward Kirumira was appointed director of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), the institution said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kirumira succeeds Professor Hendrik Geyer, who will complete his final term as director at the end of 2018.

“Prof Kirumira joins STIAS from the beginning of November 2018 and will assume official duties on 1 January 2019,” the institute said.

“Edward K Kirumira is professor of Sociology and outgoing principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda, a position he has held for five years. Before that he was also the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for eight years.”

Kirumira, who studied at the universities of Makerere and Exeter, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, obtained his PhD in Sociology through the Copenhagen University in collaboration with Harvard.

A specialist in population and reproductive health, Kirumira has also done extensive research on HIV/Aids and on international health issues, emergent diseases, as well as poverty and rural-development.

“The selection committee was impressed by Kirumira’s vision for STIAS to further enhance the quality of the core research programme, to vigorously expand the Iso Lomso programme focused on the next generation of African scholars and leaders and to make STIAS an academic and intellectual hub in service of the continent and research globally,” chairperson of the STIAS Board of Directors, Desmond Smith, said.

“We warmly welcome him to the STIAS family. He has the full support of the Board of Directors and we look forward to the next phase of the Institute’s growth under his leadership,” Smith said.


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