Professor Kingston Nyamapfene
Prof. Kingston Nyamapfene is currently Vice Chancellor of the University of Africa, at Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State (Nigeria), a relatively new State University established by the Bayelsa State Government and created to serve as a model for how State governments can reduce the burden of higher education through Public-Private-Partnerships, with a focus on internationalization. For three years prior to that, he was President of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), a post-graduate-only Science and Engineering university in Abuja, Nigeria, renowned for its research and high-quality graduates. Although situated in Nigeria, AUST is a pan-African university, one of the 3 Nelson Mandela African Institutes for Science and Technology. It draws students from all of sub-Saharan Africa and visiting faculty from more than 130 top institutions across the world. He is a citizen of Zimbabwe and the USA and a permanent resident of South Africa. Previous positions include Academic Vice President, International University of Grand-Bassam then a new American University in Cote d’Ivoire, Associate Provost for Distance and Online Education at Texas Southern University, Houston Texas; Dean of International Programs at SUNY’s Empire State College; holder of the Endowed, “Distinguished Leadership Chair” at Rocky Mountain College, Montana, USA; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research) at the former multi-campus Vista University, South Africa with 37 000 students on 7 campuses and, simultaneously, Executive Chair of the South African Water Research Commission.