STADIO Appoints New Heads at Centurion and Waterfall Campuses

STADIO Appoints New Heads at Centurion and Waterfall Campuses
Marjorie Tlali

STADIO Holdings proudly announces the appointment of two accomplished academics to spearhead the group’s biggest campuses. Marjorie Tlali has joined the group as the Head of Campus at the STADIO Centurion campus in Pretoria, while Dr Farhana Paruk takes charge as Head of Campus for the STADIO Waterfall campus in Midrand.

Tlali, an expert in general management and leadership, brings over a decade of experience in higher education to her new role. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing, a Post-graduate Diploma in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Leadership, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Management at the University of Free State. Tlali’s dedication to education is evident in her diverse skill set, encompassing lecturing, academic management, curriculum development, and more. As the first female Head of Campus at Centurion, Marjorie envisions the campus as a flagship institution with an inclusive and integrated higher education offering and a solid foundation for student success.

“It is both humbling and an honour to be the first female on a revered campus like STADIO Centurion. To achieve our vision, we aim to positively shape the lives of our students – our future leaders – with high-quality education and academic leaders as well as ample resources,” she comments.

Charting a Bold Course for Excellence at STADIO Waterfall

Dr Farhana Paruk
Dr Farhana Paruk

Dr Farhana Paruk is a highly accomplished professional with over 15 years of diverse experience in the private, banking, government, academic, education, and NGO sectors.

Holding a PhD in International Relations and an MBA from Buckinghamshire University in the UK, she has built a strong foundation in international business and diplomacy. In 2008, Dr Paruk was awarded the Harvard South Africa Scholarship, which enabled her to study at Harvard University in the USA, and she later became a fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Relations at Harvard University.

Dr Paruk began her career in the Presidency’s Government Communication and Information System, working in the Media and International Relations Department for seven years. She played a vital role in the President’s special projects during her tenure. In 2005, she transitioned to the private sector, taking up the position of Marketing Manager at BMW’s head office. Two years later, Dr Paruk joined the Institute for Security Studies as a Senior Researcher and headed the China-Africa program.

With her expertise in China-Africa relations, Dr Paruk has authored numerous journal articles and co-authored a book on “The Forum on China and Africa Cooperation.” She has been invited as a guest speaker at prestigious institutions like Tsinghua University and China Women’s University in Beijing. An active participant in BRICS conferences, she has also presented papers at several international events in China.

Professor Patrick Bean – Executive Head of Contact Learning at STADIO Higher Education, shares his enthusiasm about the appointments, stating, “We are pleased to warmly welcome both Marjorie Tlali and Dr. Farhana Paruk to the STADIO family. Both leaders have a passion for education and their wealth of experience and expertise is in line with STADIO’s mission to provide quality higher education for all. We look forward to seeing the impact of their contribution to the growth and success of their respected campuses.”