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Professor (Health & Sports Science), University of Johannesburg

Habib Noorbhai, Ph.D. (UCT) is a Professor (Health & Sports Science) and Director of the Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Technology (BEAHT) Research Centre at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg (UJ). In line with the 4IR mandate, he is involved with inter-disciplinary work in the healthcare technology and innovation spaces and has a particular interest on how health sciences students can advance their learning using methods and tools through extended realities (XR).

Prof. Noorbhai holds an NRF Y-rating, and continues to conduct research within the cricket sciences. He has published over 50 papers in local and international journals (research articles, conference proceedings and book chapters). He also serves as a reviewer for local and international health and sports science journals, as well as an Associate Editor for the BMJ Sport and Exercise Medicine journal.

In 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans. He also won the Mr South Africa title in 2017, using the title to spearhead change within health, sport and education. He was later inducted as a Golden Key International Honorary Member at UCT in 2018 for his contributions to academia, leadership and service. In 2021, he was awarded the Distinguished Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teacher Excellence at UJ.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg
  • 2019–2020
    Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg
  • 2013–2019
    Director (Voluntary), The Humanitarians (NPO)
  • 2018–2018
    Academic Consultant & Researcher, University of Cape Town
  • 2015–2017
    Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • 2013–2014
    Academic Consultant, University of Cape Town
  • 2012–2012
    Biokineticist, Sports Science Institute of South Africa


  • 2017 
    University of Cape Town, PhD Exercise Science
  • 2014 
    University of Cape Town, MPhil Biokinetics


Mr South Africa 2017 | 2018 Golden Key International Honorary Member (UCT) | 2021 Distinguished Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teacher Excellence at UJ.