Statement of Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly on the passing of Nelson Mandela

“Nelson Mandela famously said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ‘  He vigorously worked to improve education in South Africa both as president and in retirement. When he was young, just one university was open to the country’s black majority, and he attended it; now there are 21 public universities and technical universities, and one bears his name. Ten years ago the Nelson Mandela Foundation joined with the Rhodes Trust to create Mandela Rhodes Scholarships, which enable African students to study in South African universities. Its noble goal is to build leadership excellence in Africa in order to transform the continent. Many words of praise are being spoken about Nelson Mandela, but the highest tribute will come from the work that will be done by the generations he helped to educate.”