International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building

Professor Dr. Ruksana Osman

Ruksana Osman is a Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. Currently, she is Senior Deputy Vice – Chancellor: Academic at the University of the Witwatersrand.

She holds the UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education for Diversity and Development and has established a global network to support the research and development work of the Chair. Ruksana has extensive teaching and research experience in the field of teacher education and higher education. She has an established reputation for impactful scholarly work in the broad fields of higher education policy, pedagogy and students lived experiences of equity and access to higher education. She has published her work internationally and locally in each of these areas and in a variety of journals and books. She is known for the connections she has made between research centred and research led approaches to learning and teaching and the transformative practices of learning contexts likes schools and universities. She is also co-editor of Research-led teacher education: Case studies of possibilities (2012); Large Class Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary perspectives for quality higher education (2013); Service Learning in South Africa (2013); Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Towards a Socially Just Pedagogy in a global context (2017); Teacher Education for Diversity: Conversations from the Global South (2018). She is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSaF).