Professor Bala Pillay

Professor Pillay Bala

Professor Bala Pillay is the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to this appointment he served as the Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science for the past 4 years. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, he provides leadership to a diverse and cross-cutting portfolio that works closely with all stakeholders in the Colleges, Schools and Support structures in achieving the University's Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan by promoting a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Professor Pillay obtained his PhD from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. He is a Senior Professor in Microbiology and has worked at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for almost 40 years, occupying various Academic, Senior Management, and Executive positions. In addition, he has worked in industry and spent two years at UNESCO (Paris) in the Division of Programming and Evaluation of Scientific Programmes. He is an active Researcher with over 70 peer-reviewed publications, holds a current NRF rating, and has successfully supervised many post-graduate students up to PhD level.

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