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Malegapuru Makgoba

Malegapuru William Makgoba

Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Born 29-10-1952

Malegapuru William Makgoba is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is also the member of the National Planning Commission. An internationally-recognized molecular immunologist.

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Current Position(s)

Principal and Vice-Chancellor | University of KwaZulu-Natal
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa | 2004 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Chair | Mail and Guardian
Johannesburg | 2002 - present

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Speaker | National Institute of Health
United States of America | 2001 - present

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Previous Position(s)

Educational history


University of KwaZulu-Natal

Completed 1976

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCHB)

University of Oxford

Completed 1983

Doctor of Philosophy



Vice-Chancellor Golden Award | Unitech

SA Leadership Award in Education | Old Mutual

Science for Society Gold medal | Academy of Science of South Africa

Gold Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Medical Research | University of Witwatersrand

EG Malherbe Convocation Award | N University

National Health Service Distinction Meritorious | Department of Health



International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

Member, 1999 - 2001

UN Aids/ WHO Vaccine Advisory Committee

Member, 1999 - 2001

Higher Education Quality Control Council

Member, 1999 - 2001

Council for Higher Education

Member, 1999 - 2000

Royal Society of South Africa


Academy of Science of South Africa

Founder Member

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Vaccine Enterprise


United States National Academy of Science

Foreign Associate Member, 2002 - present

Oxford Round Table

Advisory Board Member, 2003 - present

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