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