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constitutional values of human dignity, equality and freedom; non-racialism and non-sexism; the supremacy of the Constitution and the Rule of Law. “Through his actions, Judge Mogoeng has been concretising each of the core values of the University. An unquestionable ethical foundation is evident from his judgements in the Constitutional Court, delivered without fear or favour, as well as from his public addresses and publications. He has earned trust and credibility through judgments that were critical of executive decisions and conduct; of parliamentary rules and conventions; and of legislation that does not conform to the Constitution, resisting political pressure and maintaining judicial independence”, said the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi. Judge Mogoeng’s commitment to judicial independence has a wider purpose: promoting access to justice by regenerating the judicial system. “His quest for institutional legitimacy of the judiciary is rooted in the realisation that many South Africans felt alienated from the court system”, said Prof Mpedi. During his tenure as Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng has made a decided impact on and contribution to South African society. This is clear from two awards made to him in 2017. Mogoeng Mogoeng has received the Biko Fanon award from the Pan-African Psychology Congress for contributing to psychological liberation. The award commends him for contributing to public awareness and creating a source of hope for morality in the country. He was also voted 2017 South African of the Year in a public poll hosted by News24, having been


The 2003 Nobel laureate in economics, Prof Robert Fry Engle was acknowledged with an honorary doctoral degree by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday, 19 February 2018. “This is a proud moment for both the college and myself. An honorary doctorate is conferred upon an individual as an acknowledgment for his/her notable contributions to a specific field or outstanding service to society which relates to the universities vision, mission, values, and strategic goals and objectives. Association with the university forms part of the reason why we confer honorary doctorates. Today we honor and celebrate Professor Robert Fry Engle” says the Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala. “His research has also brought into being, innovative statistical methods such as co-integration, common

features, autoregressive conditional duration and more recently, dynamic conditional correlation models,” says Prof Van Lil, the Executive Dean of the College of Business and Economics. Prof Engle’s Autoregressive Conditional Heteroscedasticity models (ARCH) have become indispensable econometric tools employed by private and public sector economic researchers and practitioners operating as financial market analysts and economic decision makers. Prof Van Lill points out that the University is honoured by Prof Engle’s acceptance of a UJ honorary doctorate in Economics. “The commitment of the CBE School of Economics to quality econometric education and training will be enhanced through association with Prof Robert Engle - a global leader in econometric risk-modelling”, he says.

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