In his address to the Franschhoek Literary festival in May, Jonathan Jansen quipped that his work as Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State was the second-most difficult job in the world – after that of National Assembly Speaker.
“Right now, I should be spending time raising R100 million to fund students at my university. I should be developing curricula. I should be meeting with scholars to urge them to come to my university. But I’ve recently had to cancel three meetings with top international scholars in order to deal with constant protests and instability.”
Three days later, Jansen announced that he is to step down from his post as Vice-Chancellor and Rector at the end of August, to take up a Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University in the USA. The UFS said his departure was a great loss, but an opportunity for him to further his career as an internationally renowned education academic.