Professor Jairam Reddy

Chairperson of the Council of the Durban University of Technology and former Director of the UN University International Leadership Institute

Dr Reddy is a citizen of South Africa and holds the degrees of Master of Science of the University of Manitoba, Canada, Doctor of Philosophy of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He has held academic positions at the Universities of London, England, Temple and Washington, USA, Western Cape and Durban-Westville, South Africa. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durban Westville from 1990-94. Dr Reddy has lectured widely and is the author of numerous refereed articles published in local and international journals and has presented over fifty papers in various congresses.

In January 1995 he was appointed to chair the National Commission on Higher Education of South Africa on whose report much of the White Paper on Higher Education and the Higher Education Act are based. The University of the Western Cape, South Africa, Birmingham University and the Open University in England have recently conferred Honorary Doctorates on him. He was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations to serve on the Council of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan for the period 1998-2004. He was elected to chair the Council for a two year term from 2000-2002. Dr Reddy was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to undertake studies in Higher Education at Michigan State University in 1999. As a researcher and consultant in higher education, Dr Reddy has undertaken the following in recent years: advisor to UNESCO on establishing a University in Zanzibar, evaluation of the SIDA/Nuffic programme on higher education management in African Universities, evaluation of the NUFU (Norwegian) funded higher education programme, Visitors Advisory Programme, Salzburg Seminar to Russian Universities, Chair of Panel to evaluate the Quality Promotion Unit and SERTEC, South Africa, chair of Panel to advise the Ministries of Health and Education on the incorporation of the Colleges of Nursing into the higher education sector; evaluation of the Partnership Funding for African Universities (Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie and McArthur Foundations – 2004), UNESCO consultant for the reconstruction of the Afghanistan Higher Education System. He was a member of the Board of the Higher Education Quality Committee in South Africa (2002-05) and is currently an auditor of the Australian Universities Quality Agency.

Dr Reddy is the former Director of the United Nations University International Leadership Institute, Amman, Jordan (2004-2008) and is the former Chair of the Council of the Durban University of Technology.