5 shortlisted for Nust top job

31 January 2019 | Education

Five candidates have been short-listed for the position of vice-chancellor of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), with final interviews expected to be held by the end of next week, university council chairperson Esi Schimming-Chase has said.

This will mark the end of the tenure of founding and outgoing Nust vice-chancellor Tjama Tjivikua.

The list, which has remained a closely guarded secret, is made up of international and local candidates.

“The joint search committee of council and senate has completed shortlisting of candidates for the position of Nust VC. A total of five candidates, both Namibian and international, have been invited to attend the interview process with the joint search committee of council and senate along with key stakeholders. This interview process is expected to reach its conclusion by the end of next week,” said Schimming-Chase.

The recruitment process, which kicked off in July 2018, was delayed because it was difficult to choose a successor to Professor Tjivikua. Explaining the time taken to select and appoint a new VC, Schimming-Chase said it was not a simple process.

“The recruitment of the VC to strategically guide Nust is not a simple process. Furthermore the university must abide by approved procurement policies, and the recruitment process is quite extensive,” said Schimming-Chase.

“The recruitment agency assisting Nust in this process must also be given an opportunity to properly interview and screen candidates along with preparing candidate profiles for consideration by the joint search committee of council and senate,” she added. The University of Namibia (Unam) recently conducted interviews for the selection of its newly appointed VC, Associate Professor Kenneth Matengu, in public. Nust would not be conducting a similar public process, Schimming-Chase said.

“Our statutes require us to protect the identity of all candidates for any position,” she said.

The new VC is expected to hold a doctorate in natural science, technology, engineering or mathematics from an internationally recognised university, with at least ten years of executive leadership experience in higher education and a deep understanding of the operations and affairs of a university.

The new VC will take over from Tjivikua, who has been at the helm of Nust since 1995 when it was established.