Chang Starts Top Role at UniFiji

Fiji Sun - - Nation - NICOLETTE CHAM­BERS Edited Epineri Vula

Staff and stu­dents of the Univer­sity of Fiji Saweni Cam­pus, Lau­toka, have wel­comed their first wo­man Vice Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Sushila Chang.

Orig­i­nally from Sin­ga­pore, Pro­fes­sor Chang started in her new role on Mon­day this week and was warmly wel­comed by thou­sands of stu­dents on Wed­nes­day.

In a state­ment, the Univer­sity of Fiji’s Pro-Chan­cel­lor, Anil Tikaram,

said Pro­fes­sor Chang joined the Univer­sity of Fiji from Cardiff Metropoli­tan Univer­sity, where she was the Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor Aca­demic.

Mr Tikaram said she pre­vi­ously held se­nior po­si­tions in­ter­na­tion­ally at The Univer­sity of Queens­land in Aus­tralia, Grif­fith Univer­sity, the Sin­ga­pore Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing De­sign and Ngee Ann Poly­tech­nic in Sin­ga­pore.

Pro­fes­sor Chang was also the co­founder of two re­search start-up com­pa­nies in aqua­cul­ture and pre­vi­ously worked with Nes­tle SA. “Pro­fes­sor Chang main­tains sev­eral in­dus­try and pro­fes­sional body mem­ber­ships, in­clud­ing the Board of the In­ter­na­tional Life Sci­ences Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which she chaired from, 2010-2012 and re­mains a trustee,” he said. “She was also the pres­i­dent of the Sin­ga­pore As­so­ci­a­tion of Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy and Biotech­nol­ogy for six terms.”

Mr Tikaram said Pro­fes­sor Chang had a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Bi­ol­ogy from the Univer­sity of Lon­don, a PHD in Cel­lu­lar Bi­ol­ogy and Tox­i­col­ogy from The Univer­sity of Paris VII, in­clud­ing a grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Law from The Na­tional Univer­sity in Sin­ga­pore.

The Univer­sity of Fiji sees hope in Pro­fes­sor Chang as it slowly nor­malises op­er­a­tions with a newly-ap­pointed Vice Chan­cel­lor. Pro­fes­sor Chang’s ap­point­ment was ini­tially an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Photo: Univer­sity of Fiji

Univer­sity of Fiji staff mem­bers and stu­dents held a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for the Vice Chan­cel­lor at Saweni Cam­pus on Septem­ber 4, 2019.

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