Saleem Badat Biography: Age, Career & Net Worth


Saleem Badat (born 29 August 1957) is a sociologist, higher education policy expert, and scholar from South Africa. He is a Humanities Research Professor at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Saleem Badat

Saleem Badat Age

He was born on the 29th of August 1957 in Durban, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 66 years old and celebrates his birthday on August 27th every year.


Badat began his scholarly career as a higher education reform analyst at the University of the Western Cape, where he was mentored by Harold Wolpe. Badat took over as Director of the Education Policy Unit after Wolpe’s untimely death.

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He founded the South African Council on Higher Education in 1999 and served as its first CEO until 2006. He established the Council as a constitutional advisory and national accreditation body for higher education in South Africa during his tenure as CEO.

Badat was the first black vice-chancellor of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, from June 2006 to July 2014.

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As a theoretical sociologist, Badat’s primary research and writings focus on the politics of transitioning from an apartheid state to a socially just, egalitarian society, with a particular focus on education.

Badat published Black Student Politics, Higher Education, and Apartheid from SASO to SANSCO, 1968-1990, in 2002, based on his PhD. (HSRC Press, republished in 2016 by Taylor & Francis).

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Throughout his service, Badat has received a number of honorary degrees. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Free State in 2004 for his services to higher education policy, followed by an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of York, in 2008, and finally an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University in 2015.

Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $200,000


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