Upenyu S. Majee



Center Director
Ubuntu Philosophy


Upenyu S. Majee, Inaugural Director of the Institute of Ubuntu Thought and Practice (IUTP), holds a joint PhD in Educational Policy Studies and Development Studies, and master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Zimbabwe. He is also the Faculty Lead for the Reeves Scholars Program, a reciprocal exchange between teacher candidates at MSU and at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Upenyu previously served as Project Manager for Ubuntu Dialogues, a 2019-2023 collaboration between MSU and Stellenbosch University (South Africa), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His research interests and work include internationalization and global engagement in higher education, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and institutional and knowledge decolonization. He finds joy and growth opportunities in convening and curative substantive and sustained dialogues across differences.