Tjivikua says he’s going

04 March 2019 | Education

OGONE TLHAGE

The vice-chancellor of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), Professor Tjama Tjivikua says he is not interested in an extended stay as head of the institution.

A recent article by The Patriot reported that Tjivikua was keen on having his stay at the institution extended until he turns 75.

Tjivikua is the founding rector of the then Polytechnic of Namibia and vice-chancellor of Nust. He has been at the helm of the institution since its establishment in 1995.

“The current vice-chancellor remains a member of council. I can confirm that he is not at all interested in an extension of his acting term,” Nust council chairperson, Esi Schimming-Chase said.

The council is expected to deliberate on the way forward regarding the appointment of Tjivikua’s successor, she added.

“The council will meet on 28 February to deliberate the Joint Search Committee findings and approve the next stage of the selection process,” Schimming-Chase said.

According to her, no decision was made as yet as to who will be appointed to head the institution.

“The selection panel for the position was comprised of key stakeholders within and external to the university and the current vice-chancellor has not in any manner been involved during any stage of the process,” she added.

Of the five candidates who were shortlisted for the position, the University of Namibia academics Frednard Gideon and Erold Naomab, the only Namibians.

The list is rounded off with three expatriates who include Nigerian national Abraham Ogwu, Botswana national Otlogetswe Totolo and Turkish national Said Irandoust.

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 recruitment for a new vice-chancellor started on 21 September when an advertisement was placed in local newspapers. The search for a new vice-chancellor attracted 39 applicants at one stage.

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