DUT confers an honorary degree on Prof Salim Abdool Karim

20 June 2023

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Health Sciences to Prof Salim Abdool Karim for “his exceptional contributions in the global health environment and his outstanding service to humanity. His expertise has extensively contributed to the HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as the COVID-19 response, thereby saving many lives.”

 The honorary doctorate was conferred by the DUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Thandwa Mthembu at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban at the Autumn ceremony. Abdool Karim shared three key concepts to succeed as an academic, as a professional and in leadership positions.

“The first is find your passion, find the thing that makes you wake up in the morning, the thing that lights the fire in you. It will find you and don’t despair if you have not found it already. It is going to be the basis in which you will find your calling in life, you will find what excites you and makes a difference to each day in your life. Secondly, persevere, nothing comes to those who don’t have patience and perseverance. If something comes easily it means that other people also have it. You have to take on the difficulties in life and never give up as obstacles are put in your way. You have been given an education to overcome those obstacles. Lastly, be the best that you can be and never settle for second best,” advised Abdool Karim. 


Photo: Professor Salim Abdool Karim receiving his honorary Doctorate from DUT Registrar, Dr Maditsane Nkonoane