Welcome and Opening Keynote Address
Dr. Mvuyo Tom
Vice Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare
Dr. Tom is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare (UFH), a position he has held since 2008 having been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the same University from 2006. He has been a staff member of the UFH since 2005, first as Director of the School of Public Management and Development as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development. A medical doctor by profession he holds MB and ChB degrees (University of Natal) and a Master of Family Medicine (University of Witwatersrand). He also holds a Master of Science in Public Policy Management (University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies). He completed a Senior Executive Programme with Harvard and Wits. Prior to joining UFH he served as Director – General of the Eastern Cape (1998 – 2004), Advisor to the Eastern Cape Premier for a few months in 2004 and as the Strategic Manager in the integration and transformation of the apartheid departments of health that formed the Eastern Cape, and as the first Permanent Secretary for Department of Health and Welfare in the Eastern Cape (1994 – 1997). He previously practiced in both the public and private health sectors as a clinician. His academic career started in 1992 when he joined the then UNITRA Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine in Mthatha. Dr. Tom played a pivotal role in the anti-apartheid health struggles and the health policy formulation for the democratic South Africa. He served as President of the National Medical and Dental Association in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s then became President of the South African Health and Social Services Organization until the democratic dispensation in 1994, when he joined the public sector as a manager in the Eastern Cape Department of Health and Welfare. He served on various boards including the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Coordinating Council, Board of the IDT, Masibumbane Development Organization (focusing on Health and Education), Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, and Higher Education South Africa. He has served in two committees for the Ministry of Higher Education and Training, viz., The Ministerial Working Group on Fee-Free university Education for the poor in South Africa and the Ministerial Committee on the Review of Higher Education Funding. In 1994 he received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.