Professor Nana Poku.

There is a new man at the helm of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Council of the University has announced the appointment of Professor Nana Poku as Vice-Chancellor and Principal for a five-year term of office with immediate effect.

The appointment follows a global search and was made with the unanimous approval of both Council and the University’s Senior Appointments Committee.

Professor Poku has been serving in the position of Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal since October 2018.

He joined the University in 2013 as the Executive Director of the Health Economics and AIDS Research Institute (HEARD). He was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Law and Management Studies at UKZN in 2017. Professor Poku holds a PhD in International Political Economy and has a distinguished career in research and policy on the political economy of health and HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. He also has experience in institutional management. 

Acting Chairperson of the UKZN Council, Dr Letticia Moja said: “We welcome Professor Poku as the executive head of the Institution. We are looking forward to his leadership and guidance and are confident of his ability and commitment to contribute towards taking the University to greater heights.”

The University is thrilled to move into the next exciting phase of UKZN’s evolution under Professor Nana Poku’s leadership. His contribution thus far has been significant. He is highly respected and possesses the drive and vision to advance UKZN at an exciting time in the history of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor is the highest academic leadership position within the University’s structure and is responsible for providing leadership in all strategic areas.

Accepting his appointment, Professor Nana Poku said: “It’s an honour and a privilege for me to be chosen as UKZN’s new Vice-Chancellor and Principal. I’m really excited about the opportunity to lead UKZN into the future, to build on the legacy of the University and to continue to fulfil the founding vision of UKZN in the strategic areas of research, training, and outreach. I look forward to working with the University Community in achieving our goals.” Caption: Chair of Council, Dr Letticia Moja congratulates Professor Nana Poku on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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