Hunt for Nust Vice chancellor on
FOUR academics are vying for the National University of Science Technology (Nust) Vice Chancellor’s post that has been vacant since November last year.
The vacancy arose after the expiry of the late Professor Lindela Ndlovu’s contract. Professor Samson Sibanda has been Acting Vice Chancellor since then. Professors Mqhele Dlodlo, Moses John Chimbari and Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo and Dr Gatsha Mazithulela were reportedly interviewed for the post last week.
Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Deputy Minister Dr Godfrey Gandawa confirmed the development but referred further questions to Nust council chairperson Mr Mike Ndubiwa. “It’s still an internal matter. We don’t want to talk about it now. We will let you know once we have apprised the ministry on it,” said Mr Ndubiwa.
Prof Dlodlo is an associate professor and Programme Convenor, Master of Engineering with a specialisation in telecommunications at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Before moving to South Africa, Prof Dlodlo served as a principal lecturer and head of Electrical Craft Department at Bulawayo Polytechnic from 1983 to 1992. In 2000, he joined Nust as a senior lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering before being promoted to the post of Dean in the Faculty of Industrial Technology from May 2002 to December 2003.
He joined the University of Cape Town as an associate professor in January 2005 and also served as Assistant Dean in Internationalisation from January 2011 to December 2015.
Prof Dzvimbo is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research) at Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in South Africa.
He has been working in tertiary education and training; management training and consulting, open and distance learning; and the use of ICTs in higher education in Africa since 1979. Prior to his appointment to the VUT in October 2014, he was the founding Executive Dean of the College of Education (CEDU) at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Dr Mazithulela, a former principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, is serving as vice chairman of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (Afcone). He is also engaged with Nust in the Technopark business unit as a deputy director.
Born in 1971, Dr Mazithulela did his secondary education in Bulawayo and was among the 270 pioneer students at Nust when the institution first enrolled in 1991. In 1994, he graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) and proceeded to study genetic engineering at the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom.
At 27, he graduated with a PhD in genetic engineering and worked in the US and the UK. He obtained an MBA in London. Dr Mazithulela became the first Nust graduate to obtain a PhD in 1998.
Prof Chimbari is a Dean responsible for Research at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. He joined the UKZN from the University of Botswana where he served as Deputy Director of the Okavango Research Institute (ORI), previously known as the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC).
For seven years from 1990 to 1997, he led the DeBeers Research Laboratory that conducted research on malaria, schistosomiasis and HIV and Aids, on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Child Care in Zimbabwe. From 2000 to 2006, he worked as Scientific Director for the University Lake Kariba Research Station (ULKRS) in the University of Zimbabwe.
Towards the end of 2006, he left the ULKRS to join the Nust as the inaugural Director of Research.
In February 2008, Professor Chimbari joined the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) as Deputy Director — Research Management.
Prof Moses John Chimbari
Prof Mqhele Dlodlo
Prof Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo