• Fulbright Scholar brings South Africa to UWA

    Posted: January 23, 2012

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama continues its 2012 Fulbright Lecture Series as Dr. Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo will present “South Africa: Its Land and People” on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Bell Conference Center.

    Vil-Nkomo, a Fulbright Research Fellow at Fordham University, is the executive director at the University of Pretoria and has served as dean of faculty of economic management sciences at the University of Pretoria. His research focuses on the political economy of South Africa as an emerging market in the global arena.

    Hosted by the College of Business, Vil-Nkomo holds a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Delaware.

    Vil-Nkomo perhaps draws much of his expertise from a 1994 appointment by then President Nelson Mandela to serve in the first democratic government as Public Service Commissioner. He is a founding member and chairman of a “Think Tank,” known in South Africa as the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), focusing on trans-disciplinary analysis and research.

    The Fordham Business School Consortium has also served on numerous private and public sector boards in South Africa. Last year, he was appointed to the Advisory Planning Commission for the Metropolitan City of Tshwane (Pretoria) by the Executive Mayor. He is a member of the South African Academy of Science, Economic Society of South Africa, South African Association of Public Management and Administration, and the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management.

    In addition to the public program, Vil-Nkomo will work one-on-one with UWA faculty and students during his stay in Livingston. He is one of approximately 900 foreign scholars chosen this year to lecture, conduct research and participate in seminars in the United States through the Fulbright Scholars Program.

    Admission to all Fulbright Lecture Series presentations is free and open to everyone. For more information, please call 205-652-5508.
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