Prof Rensburg is Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He is also Chairman of the READ Foundation in Johannesburg, Councillor of St John’s College in South Africa and Director of Higher Education South Africa in Pretoria.
He has a PhD from Stanford University in the USA, where he completed his Thesis with distinction on Collective Identity and Public Policy: From Resistance to Reconstruction in South Africa, 1986-1995. He also has an MA in Political Sociology from Stanford University and a BPharm from Rhodes University, South Africa. He holds an honorary professorship in Education from the University of Johannesburg as well as a Global Executive Development Programme from the Global Institute of Business Science, Pretoria University.
Prof Rensburg has received several awards and fellowships from, amongst others, the Ford Foundation, the Human Sciences Research Council (of South Africa), the W K Kellogg Foundation, Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Pharmaceuticals, and Rhodes University.