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Igbos Are Wonderful: Meet Prof. Charles Egbu, The First Black Vice Chancellor in the UK

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By tc_henry | self meida writer
Published 9 months ago - 74 views

All over the world, Nigerians are making the nation proud.

Meet Professor Charles Egbu, who just got appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in London.

Prof. Egbu hails from Abatete in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State. His first degree was in Quantity Surveying which he came out with First Class Honors in Leeds, United Kingdom. He went on to obtain a Doctorate in the area of Construction Management from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom.

At the University of Salford, he became Head of School and Chair in Project Management and Strategic Management in Construction; and Director of the Management in Construction Research Centre.

In 2014, Prof. Egbu was appointed the Dean of School of the Built Environment and Architecture in London South Bank University, England.

His achievements over the years are too numerous to count. He has made academic impact, lecturing both undergraduate and postgraduate students, supervising both doctoral and post-doctoral students, writing several books, being an active member in various organizations, agencies and bodies, acting as an examiner in universities in several countries of the world, contributing to numerous publications, etc.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Charles Egbu was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education & Experience) at the University of East London, England, UK.

In his speech, he said, "I am honored to be joining Leeds Trinity; a university whose values and ethos around widening participation, offering a personalized approach and encouraging all students to achieve their best, align with my own. The university has an impressive track record in learning, teaching and employability, and I am looking forward to building on the strong foundations established under the leadership of Professor House.

"I have already been impressed by the sense of community at Leeds Trinity and I am looking forward to engaging with students, colleagues and alumni as we shape the future strategy of the institution. I am also looking forward to returning to Leeds; the city in which I spent much of my early academic life."

Jamie Hanley, who is a Chair Designate of the Board of Governors at Leeds Trinity University, said, “Professor Egbu brings with him a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the higher education sector. His energy and vision stood out throughout a very competitive recruitment process, and it is clear that he recognises Leeds Trinity’s strengths and values, as well as bringing with him a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced from across the higher education sector. I very much look forward to welcoming him to Leeds Trinity University.”

Professor Charles will take over from Professor Margaret A House, who has been serving as Vice Chancellor for seven years. He is to begin his new role on the 1st of November, 2020.

For one who has over 25 years of experience in the Higher Education sector, this appointment was well deserved.A very warm congratulations to Professor Charles Egbu. May he never bring shame to the nation and her citizens. Igbo Amaka.

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