UNIVERSITY OF ZANZIBAR
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Prof. Idris Ahmada Rai, the Vice Chancellor of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) has been awarded the Africa Education Award at the World Sustainability Congress held in
on 8-9 December, 2015.
Endorsed by World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Day and other
organizations, a number of
awards has been given to various leaders in Africa whose leadership in various organizations and in varying
disciplines has demonstrated significant impact to the community. During the awarding ceremony, Prof. Rai
joined around 20 other leaders from various sectors in Africa including three
Ministers from Mauritius Malawi, Sierra Leone and . Kenya
Since he joined the State University of Zanzibar as the third Vice Chancellor in 2011, Prof. Rai has strategically led university reforms from a small university made of only one school with just over 1,000 students and only six programs to a university that comprises of five schools with a total of about 3,500 students pursuing 36 programs from a diverse range of disciplines at all levels, namely from certificates to PhD thus making SUZA an important actor in the country’s human capital development.
Additional areas of significant institutional improvement during his leadership include SUZA’s recognition internationally, active staff capacity building, and increased mobilized revenues by more than 5 folds. In short, SUZA has been well positioned regionally and internationally despite the fact that the journey towards achieving its vision and accomplishing its mission is still long. The task ahead is still daunting.