09 Jun 2014

College | University of the Free State

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The College is very honoured and excited to welcome to our campus the esteemed South African educationalist and academic, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, who will be giving a motivational speech to our 6th Form on Thursday June, 19th, at 18:30 hrs in our College Hall.

It is rare that a man of Prof. Jansen’s reputation travels and speaks to schoolboys, but he is making the journey to Zimbabwe in recognition of some of the fine students our schools produce. We are very lucky to have him visit us and as a consequence we will be making attendance to his talk compulsory for all 6th form students. While fully appreciating that the timing of his visit is not ideal for us as it falls in the middle of examinations, I do believe our students will benefit greatly from hearing Prof. Jansen’s message and that the talk will be worth the sacrifice of half an hour or so on this evening.

About Prof. Jonathan Jansen

Prof. Jansen is widely regarded as one of the leading international experts on education. An author of several highly-respected books, he is a polemic, academic, public intellectual and motivational speaker. He is a Fulbright Scholar to Stanford University, from where he also holds a Ph.D. He holds several Honorary doctorates and international awards from numerous major universities worldwide. Prof. Jansen is currently the Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the University of the Free State and has advised and consulted with the governments of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Canada, the EU, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, UNESCO and the World Bank on curriculum development and educational advancement. He has chaired ministerial committees on further education and serves as Vice-President of the South African Academy of Science. He is on the boards of such organisations as the Centre for the Study of the Internationalization of Curriculum Studies, the University of British Columbia, the International Commission for the Supervision of Curriculum Development (Washington) as well as being a national consultant to qualification bodies such as SAQA, HESA, the HSRC and the HRF. Prof. Jansen  is in high demand as a public speaker and we are delighted to be welcoming him to Zimbabwe and to St John’s College.