Professor Sandile Phinda Songca

Professor Sandile Phinda Songca

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sandile Phinda Songca provides strategic leadership on Teaching and Learning, developing University Teaching and Learning policies and monitoring their consistent University wide implementation. Professor Songca recently served at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning. His previous executive positions include: 

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for academic affairs and research (DVC: AAR) at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU); 
  • Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (FSET) at WSU; 
  • Vice Dean of Science at the University of Transkei (UNITRA); 
  • Director of School, Deputy Dean and Dean of Science, University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus; 
  • HOD of Chemistry Department at the Universities of Transkei, Zululand and Limpopo Medunsa campus; 
  • and Director of the School of Physical and Mineral Sciences, University of Limpopo.  

He has served as the representative of WSU in the Provincial Skills Development Forum (PSDF). In addition, he served as a board member of the Eastern Cape Information Technology Initiative (ECITI) where he was the head of the Human Resources sub-committee. He is also a reviewer for several Journals. He is the Country Coordinator responsible for Physical Sciences in the project on Geophagia in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London, in Organic Chemistry with a medicinal slant and has vast experience in this area spanning over two decades. He has attracted several research grants, so far in excess of R50 million; NRF, SAAVI, DTPS, Anglo American, DeBeers and Sentrachem.  

Professor Songca has read more than 70 conference papers and published more than 60 articles in both local and international Journals and books. He is also actively involved in student supervision and has graduated more than 25 postgraduate students, including Honours, Masters and Doctorate. He is currently supervising 14 (Masters and PhD) students.

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