Colleagues and friends from across the globe gathered for an evening of celebration in honour of Professor Gerald J Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University.
Editors Professor Hoffie (J W) Hofmeyr and Professor John Stenhouse presented Professor Pillay with a collection of essays compiled in his honour, entitled Internationalising Higher Education: From South Africa to England via New Zealand.
The hard back book forms the basis of an informal dialectical and interactive seminar, which explores the Vice-Chancellor’s global contributions.
Essay contributors Professor Hofmeyr, Kevin Roy and Bernard Zingano discussed Professor Pillay’s work in South Africa and Africa, and the impact he had during his time there.
This was followed by Professor Stenhouse and Paul Trebilco exploring the impact the Vice-Chancellor’s work in New Zealand and Australasia had on the church and academic life.
Monsignor John Devine and Professor Andrew Walls went on to discuss the work Professor Pillay has done in the UK and Europe, which was followed by a discussion with the Vice-Chancellor on his vision for the future of universities.