Hunt for Nust Vice chan­cel­lor on

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

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

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