Cape Town born Professor Brian Figaji retired as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the Peninsula Technikon at the end of 2004. He served as South Africa’s representative on the Executive Board at UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, from 2005 – 2009 and serves on the board of a variety of education-related trusts and NGOs.
Before joining the Peninsula Technikon in 1980, Brian spent ten years working as a consulting civil engineer and as a site agent for a large civil engineering construction company and also taught at a high school in Cape Town for a short while. He is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers, the South African Society for Professional Engineers and the Academy of Engineering, a member of the South African Academy of Science and served as a member of the Council on Higher Education and as Vice- President of the Engineering Council of South Africa.
He holds a BSc from the University of the Western Cape, a BSc in Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in Tertiary Education from the University of South Africa and a MEduc (Administration, Planning and Social Policy) from Harvard University as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Coventry and California State University.
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