Naledi PANDOR is South Africa's Minister of Higher Education and Training. A life of exile from 1961 until 1984 resulted in an international flavour to her education. She holds a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and an MA in Education from the University of London. In 1992 she studied for a Diploma in Higher Education, Administration and Leadership at Bryn Mawr in the USA. In 1997 she completed an MA in Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch and a Diploma in Leadership in Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, while she was serving as an MP.
PANDOR became an MP in 1994 and has amassed impressive experience in positions of public office. Her experience in education policy planning made her a welcome appointment as Minister of Education. She has also served as Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Home Affairs.
PANDOR has received honorary doctorates from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Stellenbosch, University of Lisbon, Leiden University and from the University College of Dublin. She is married to Sharif PANDOR and they have four children and two grandchildren.