Birmingham City University (BCU) in the United Kingdom has announced the appointment of Professor David Mba as its new Vice-Chancellor. Currently serving as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Knowledge Exchange, and Enterprise at the University of the Arts London (UAL), Professor Mba brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role.
In response to his appointment, Professor Mba expressed his excitement at the opportunity to lead BCU at a pivotal moment for the institution.
He aims to define and deliver the university’s significant ambitions for the next decade. Acknowledging BCU’s remarkable growth and the transformation of the city, Professor Mba plans to focus on unleashing the potential of the students and nurturing the talent of the staff.
He emphasizes the importance of meeting the needs of the regional and national economy, an area in which BCU, as a powerful civic university, has a unique advantage.
The appointment of Professor Mba has been well-received by key figures within the university community. Anita Bhalla, the newly appointed Chair of the Board of Governors, expressed her delight in securing an outstanding talent to lead BCU. She commended Professor Mba’s determination to build on the university’s successes and prioritize the students’ experiences and aspirations.
Sir Lenny Henry, BCU’s Chancellor since November 2016, also welcomed the appointment, highlighting Professor Mba’s commitment to social justice and diversity.
As an advocate for equal opportunities and success, Professor Mba’s appointment is expected to contribute positively to BCU’s diverse community.
With an illustrious career that includes senior leadership positions at other reputable universities and significant contributions to research and academia, Professor Mba is well-equipped to guide BCU toward further growth and excellence.
His appointment marks an important milestone in the university’s journey to achieve its fullest potential in education, research, and societal impact.
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