Prof. Deogratius Jaganyi

Prof Jaganyi, a distinguished scholar and leader, is a full Professor with a PhD in Physical Chemistry obtained in 1992 from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, England.

A National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa rated researcher, Prof Jaganyi has:

  • Won over $1 million in grants for his competitive research proposals.
  • Supervised 42 Honours, 31 MSc, 12 PhD students and 4 postdoctoral scholars.
  • In the last 25 years been external and internal examiner of postgraduate students at PhD and Masters levels.
  • Published 105 articles, 93 of them in peer-reviewed international journals, with more under review. He has written over 90 conference abstracts.
  • Presented his research findings at local and international conferences. His research work has also appeared in some high impact journals, such as Nature.
  • Developed and reviewed a number of research partnership agreements.
Prof. Jaganyi Mount Kenya University Vice Chancellor receiving the instrument of Power from Prof. Serem Chairman University Council during the installation ceremony
  • More than 10 years’ senior leadership and management experience. He rose from Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (DVC- HoC CAES)) at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal (UKZN). His responsibilities included grant mobilisation and management, research project management, data and research dissemination, and diverse training, just to mention a few.
  • Served on the Boards of the UKZN affiliated institutes: The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI); the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR); and Msunduzi Innovation and Development Institute (MIDI).
  • Member of various committees at college, university and national levels, on matters relating to research, teaching and learning and general university issues while at UKZN.
  • A Trustee of the Msunduzi Innovation and Development Institute (MIDI) and has chaired the internationally funded Boards of African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) and Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR).
  • Recipient of various awards, including the 2010 University of KwaZulu-Natal, Distinguished Teachers Award.