Nust VC position to be re-advertised

05 March 2019 | Education

The position of vice-chancellor (VC) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology will be re-advertised, Namibian Sun has learned.

This follows a council meeting that was held on 28 February to deliberate on the selection of a new vice-chancellor.

Council members met last week Thursday to discuss the Joint Search Committee findings and approve the next stage of the selection process.

Nust council chairperson Esi Schimming-Chase would not be drawn into commenting on the development.

“It would be inappropriate for me to comment on scoring of candidates during the interview process at any time. The university also cannot comment on a recruitment process which has not yet been completed in full and all candidates have been informed of the outcome,” Schimming-Chase said.

According to Schimming-Chase, the appointment of a new vice-chancellor remained important.

“The recruitment of a substantive vice-chancellor at Nust is of paramount importance both to the institution and to the nation at large,” Schimming-Chase.

The current VC, Professor Tjama Tjivikua, was not interested in extending his stay at the helm of the university, Schimming-Chase said. “I can confirm that he is not at all interested in an extension of his acting term,” she said.

Five candidates were shortlisted for the position. University of Namibia academics Frednand Gideon and Erold Naomab were the only Namibians.

The other three were Nigerian national Abraham Ogwu, Botswana national Otlogetswe Totolo and Turkish national Said Irandoust.

Naomab and Gideon performed well in their interviews, sources indicated.

Gideon told Namibian Sun that he was still waiting to be informed of the outcome of the interview.

“I have not been informed yet,” he said during a brief telephonic interview.

Naomab could not be reached for comment.

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 search for a new vice-chancellor attracted 39 applicants at one stage.

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