Two women have been appointed to key positions at Pan African University
Two women have been elected to take over key roles at the Pan African University (PAU), now leading half of the four operational research institutes.
The first woman, Professor Elizabeth Sarange Bosire Abenga, has been elected as director of the Pan African University Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, based in Cameroon. At the Nigeria-based Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciences, Professor Esther Titilayo Akinlabi was appointed as director in July.
These changes mark the first female heads of these institutes in the 10 years since they were established. Contributing to the gender representation among senior managers, the Commissioner says: “The PAU commits to hire the best human resource at the head of its institutes… [Professor Abenga] turned out to be the best candidate.”
The PAU commits to hire the best human resource at the head of its institutes
Professor Abenga recognises she is joining the University at a time where education is challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she affirms “I commit to ensuring that the spirit of Pan-Africanism through intercultural and multicultural appreciation” is crucial to the Institute.
The PAU is an institution with a postgraduate network expanding over five regions in Africa.
Editor: Emily Im