Goolam Mohamedbhai is an independent consultant in higher education and the former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, president of the International Association of Universities, and a member and Vice-Chair of the United Nations University Council. He joined the University of Mauritius in 1972 and served as vice-chancellor from 1995 to 2005. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates and awards, including the 2009 Symons Award from the Association of Commonwealth Universities for outstanding contribution to the ACU and Commonwealth Universities, and the 2014 GUNI-Africa and AfriQAN Distinguished Service to Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa Award. He received his doctoral degree in civil engineering at the University of Manchester, UK, and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.
Contribution to GTI Roundtable "On Higher Education"