Nust hunts for new Vice-Chancellor

NATIONAL University of Science and Technology (Nust) is hunting for a substantive vice-chancellor to replace the late Professor Lindela Ndlovu, who died in November last year.

by Nqobile Bhebhe

Professor Samson Sibanda is the acting vice-chancellor. In a notice, the university said the successful candidate would be handed a five-year performance-related renewable contract.

“The candidate must have at least 10 years’ relevant experience at a senior management level in Tertiary and Higher Education or related fields, be an accomplished academic with a proven track record in Higher Education Management and be able to give innovative leadership in a diverse academic institution,” the notice read in part.

Professor Samson Sibanda Nust Professor Samson Sibanda [/Caption]

The notice said an earned doctorate degree and demonstrated analytical and administrative ability was essential.

During last year’s graduation, Sibanda said the institution was in the process of reverting to its mandate of teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem), in line with the government’s new national thrust.

The government is promoting the science subjects at “A” Level and under the current programme spearheaded by Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, the government will pay for the school fees of students doing the subjects under Stem.

Some tertiary institutions have reportedly welcomed the initiative, which is largely going to halt the country’s deficiencies with regard to science and technology skills in various facets of the economy.

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