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Lydia P. Makhubu

Doctor of Science

Lydia Makhubu is Vice Chancellor of the University of Swaziland and Professor of Chemistry at that institution. She received a B.Sc. from the Pius XII College in Lesotho, in 1963; a M.Sc. in organic chemistry from the University of Alberta in 1967; and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1973. She has been President of the Royal Swaziland Society of Science and Technology since 1977 and is a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. Among the many services she renders to the cause of international development, she is a member of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for Development and a member of the sub-committee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities on fellowships for university women. She was the first woman to serve as chairperson of the executive committee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Colleges and in 1990, she hosted an executive meeting. Lydia Makhubu was recently appointed to a second term as vice-chancellor of the University of Swaziland. As chief academic officer of Swaziland’s only university, she drives herself mercilessly to help the university grow and fulfil its mission to provide educational opportunities for the population of the country.