Prof Narend Baijnath is CEO of the Council on Higher Education, since assuming duties in October 2015. Before joining the CHE, he was Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa. Prior to that he was Vice Principal: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships.

He holds a Masters Degree from Durham University, and a Doctorate from the University of the Western Cape. He taught at the universities of Cape Town and Western Cape before joining Technikon SA in 1998 as Dean of Community Sciences and then Deputy Vice Chancellor: Planning and Development. He has extensive experience in higher education policy, planning, quality assurance, and management.

Prof Baijnath has served two terms on the Higher Education Quality Committee. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. In 2008 he was appointed a Fellow at St Edmunds College, Cambridge University and simultaneously a Research Professor at OUUK. He was nominated the South African representative on the Commonwealth of Learning Board in July 2012 by the Minister of higher education and training. He was recently elected chairperson of the CoL Audit Committee. In 2014 he was elected Honorary Vice President of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities of South Africa.

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