Prof Peter Mbati (Representative of Academic Board)

Prof Peter A. Mbati is currently the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Academic and Quality at Botho University where he is responsible for teaching and learning, research and community engagement activities and, matters of programme development and accreditation. He previously served as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda from 2008 - 2018. He obtained his PhD in Parasitology from Kenyatta University and thereafter embarked on a postdoctoral training in advanced studies in protozoan diseases at the Research Centre for Protozoan Molecular Immunology, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan.

Prof Mbati served on the Executive Boards of RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Agriculture) and the AAU (Association of African Universities). He Chaired the Higher Education and Leadership Management programme of Universities South Africa. Prof. Mbati was an NRF-rated scientist between 2000-2018 and has published over 60 research articles in peer-reviewed internationally recognized journals. He has supervised over 20 post graduate students at Masters’ and doctoral levels in the fields of molecular parasitology and immunology.

As Vice Chancellor at UNIVEN, he oversaw major transformative initiatives at the institution, including extensive academic re-engineering of the academic project; exponential growth in research outputs and post graduate students and; construction of state-of-the-art infrastructure to the value of R 1.5 billion. Prof. Mbati has previously served as the Acting Director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Centre of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Campus Principal of the QwaQwa Campus of the University of the Free State and, Group Executive Livestock Business Division of the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa.