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   Dr. M A Mannan

Vice Chancellor
Bangladesh Open University


Dr. M A Mannan Professor of Management at the Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka joined as Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh Open University on 24th March 2013. At Dhaka University, he was the Chairman and Director of MBA Program (Evening) of the Department of Management studies, Director, Bureau of Business Research, Provost of Zahurul Haque Hall and Senate Member. Dr. Mannan received higher education in Management/Business administration at Dhaka University, Delhi University, Manchester University (UK) and Western Kentucky University (USA). He topped the list in both SSC and HSC examinations, and obtained First Class in all higher-level public examinations. He received the most coveted Commonwealth Senior Staff Fellowship awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom, and the highly prestigious Fulbright Senior Academic Fellowship awarded by the United States International Agency for postdoctoral programs in Britain and USA respectively. During his 38 years of teaching career at the University level for a few years he worked as the Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), and as visiting Resource Person at the ILO international Training Centre, Turin, Italy and as guest lecturer in the MBA program of Delhi University. He also worked with East West University and North South University as adjunct faculty.

He is the founder president of National Management Association, Bangladesh and author of several degree-level popular textbooks including nationally reputed marketing book Biponon Jugey Jugey, Strategic Management and Essentials of Total Quality Management. Two of his books have been published from England/USA (Growth and Development of Small Enterprise), and New Delhi (Workers' Participation in management). One co-authored research-based book, Change management, has been published from South Korea with the assistance of KOICA. He has to his credit of 70 research papers published in refereed journals at home and abroad. Dr. Mannan presented papers and participated in many international conferences/seminars organized by International Conference in Advances in Management (USA & Greece), University of Manchester (UK), IIEP-UNESCO (Paris, France), Association for Management Development Institutions in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Nepal), etc. He has wide multicultural orientation resulted from his professional visits to USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, , United Arab Emirates, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. Several award-winner for high-quality textbook writing and research paper, he was involved as management specialist/consultant, with different national and international organizations such as the world Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNO (headquarters), UNICEF, ILO, UNDP, United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, European Commission, Swedish SIDA, Canadian CIDA, World Vision, MSH (USA), Pathfinder International, Save the Children (USA), GoB's Ministry of Education, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, BCS Administration Academy etc. He worked with the Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka and Korean International Cooperation Agency (South Korea) as international consultant. As management consultant & strategic planner, he worked with several business and not-for-profit organizations for developing their strategic plans, conducting job analysis, preparing job descriptions and undertaking performance/management audit.

His active interest and initiatives were instrumental in the introduction of the Strategic Management and TQM courses in the MBA programs at Dhaka University and several private universities. He has been teaching these courses at Dhaka University and in some private Universities as adjunct faculty for quite a long time. He has widely lectured in-house and online including television channels and provided consulting services to different business organizations on the issues of TQM, human resource management and strategic management.

Helen has over 30 years experience working in the Higher Education sector and extensive experience in educational innovation and its practical implementation. She has been responsible for the successful implementation and provided consultancy for many institutional educational technology initiatives and is well respected nationally as an educational innovator.

Helen Carter was appointed in September 2011 to Macquarie University to provide leadership and support for the design and development of sustainable and pedagogically sound educational resources and to facilitate and build capacity for the effective use of current and emerging learning environments.

Prior to her appointment at Macquarie University, Helen has held several academic and professional appointments:
  • Strategic Academic Manager/Academic Director, University of New England

  • Director, Teaching & Learning Centre and Director, Technology and Educational Design Services, University of Canberra

  • Director, Flexible Learning and Teaching and Associate Director, Academic Development Unit, La Trobe University

  • Founding Director, Network for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle

  • Head, Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources, University of Wollongong
She is the current President of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning and is a faculty member of the ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute. In 2003 she founded the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP), published by the University of Wollongong, Australia.Since 1993 she has been involved with the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite), having been President for 4 years. In 2006 her contribution to ascilite was recognised by a fellowship and lifelong membership. She was also on the Australian Horizon Board that produced the Technology Outlook > Australian Tertiary Education 2012-2017, a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and Griffith University.

He obtained a First Class honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Ife ( now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria in 1972 and a Ph.D degree in Chemistry from Stanford University, U.S.A in 1977. After a postdoctoral stint in Radiochemistry and Neutron Activation Analysis at the University of California, Irvine, California, he returned to O.A.U. in 1979 where he has risen through the ranks to his current position of Professor of Chemistry in 1993.

For about 35 years, Prof. Asubiojo has taught several generations of Nigerian undergraduate and postgraduate students in general, organic and environmental Chemistry, while also carrying out extensive research in Trace Element Chemistry.

He has held several administrative positions in his University. In 2010, he was appointed Director of the Centre for Distance Learning of Obafemi Awolowo University, a position he currently occupies .In the course of his tenure, he has transformed the Centre from a general Part-time studies unit to the leading Centre of E-learning studies in Nigeria. He is the leader of the team that has developed a suite of Virtual Chemistry experiments for use by Distance Education students in Nigeria.

Hazel Simmons-McDonald is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies Open Campus, a post which she has held from August 1, 2007. Prior to that, she served as Head of the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature, Deputy Dean of Outreach, Deputy Dean – Planning and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the Cave Hill Campus. She is Professor of Applied Linguistics. At present she is based at the Open Campus offices at Cave Hill but she travels widely throughout the region to enable the establishment and implementation of Open Campus services, particularly in the UWI-12 countries.

Over the last six years Professor Simmons-McDonald has led the formation of the Open Campus, bringing together former outreach entities of the university under one governance framework to offer courses and programmes online and in face-to-face modalities to learners in sixteen countries of the Caribbean and forty six Centres. The Campus is making access to University programmes possible to learners across the region and especially in formerly under-served communities. Professor Simmons-McDonald leads the campus in its collaboration with other units to create one single university space for the UWI through which its programmes can be made more easily available via distance modalities.

Her research interests include second language acquisition, the development of literacy by Creole and Creole Influenced Vernacular speakers, vernacular literacy within the formal settings and ODL in the Caribbean context. She served for several years as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, as its Vice President for one year, and completed a two-year stint as its President. Professor Simmons-McDonald is a member of the International Council of Distance Education Standing Conference of Presidents and she has participated in and made presentations at selected meetings of the Council.

Her publications include articles and book chapters on language acquisition, language education policy, literacy development, language and culture and more recently, on open and distance learning. She has published several English language texts for use at secondary and tertiary levels and co-edited the volumes: Exploring the Boundaries of Caribbean Creole Languages and Education Issues in Creole and Creole-Influenced Vernacular Contexts.

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali has nearly forty (40) years' experience in academia, beginning as a tutor at the Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia (UKM), where he rose to become Dean of the Faculty of Economics and later Vice-Chancellor. He is a former Director of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education (1995–1998) and Chairman of the Malaysian Examinations Council (2001–2003). While holding the post of the President/Vice Chancellor of Open University Malaysia since January 2004, he currently serves as a member of the National Higher Education Council and the National Minimum Wage Council.
Professor Denise Kirkpatrick is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience at the University of Adelaide, where she is leading the development of an integrated student experience across on and off campus environments with an emphasis on quality learning. She has worked as an academic and senior leader and manager in open and distance, dual-mode and on-campus universities in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has worked as Pro Vice-Chancellor at the Open University (UK) and La Trobe University, Australia and led the strategic development of open, distance and e-learning in Australian universities including Monash, University of New England and Charles Sturt University. She was President of the Australasian Council of Open, Distance and E-learning (ACODE) and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council on Distance and E-learning (ICDE).

Denise has a PhD in learning and teaching and has worked as a consultant in Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She researches and publishes in the fields of open, distance and e-learning, and quality in Higher Education.

I was born on the 18th of June, 1954 in Livingstone in the Southern part of Zambia. Three years after my birth, my parents moved to the Western part of the country where I grew up.

I did my primary education in Kalabo District and upon qualifying to form 1, I moved to David Kaunda Secondary Technical School in Lusaka, where I completed my junior secondary education for my senior secondary education , I moved to Livingstone`s Hillcrest Secondary Technical School. I completed my senior secondary school in 1975.

I did my initial teacher training at Nkrumah Teachers College and in 1978 was employed as a teacher by the Ministry of education and sent to Zambezi District in the North-Western province of Zambia.

North Western province where I have spent all my working life is among the underdeveloped provinces of Zambia. During my working life with the Ministry of Education, I held a number of positions, starting with "that of a class teacher, head of a subject department, Deputy Head teacher, Head teacher, Senior Inspector of School. I retired from Government service in 2009 while serving as a District Education Standards Officer.

While serving at the provincial education officer`s office as a Senior Inspector of School, a colleague who was the provincial education officer had worked out a Project Proposal on trying to address teacher shortages in the province.

As a rural province, most young teachers shunned working in our schools as such we had more Untrained teachers in our primary schools as the few primary school teachers were seconded to teach in the secondary schools. The project was to train the Untrained teachers so that they obtain a primary school teachers certificate to enable them teach competently.

The second intention of the project was to help the seconded primary school teacher obtain a secondary teacher`s diploma for them to teach competently in our secondary schools.

It was observed that by training the teachers that were already serving in the province as Untrained and seconded, when they obtain the higher qualification, they will not move since they were already used to their environment.

In March, 1998, we started working on this project with a number of colleagues at the provincial education office. We conducted a number of study tours, although there was no established distance leaving institution in the country. a number of teacher training colleges were partly using the Distance mode. We opted to run our program using the Distance learning mode since the targeted students were servicing teachers.

In December 1998, Teachers Primary and Secondary schools upgrading program (TOPSSUP) opened its doors to its first students for primary teachers' certificates and in April 1999 the first secondary Teachers Diploma students were enrolled. In the first intake of each of these programs we targeted 300 students.

From 1999 to 2001, the Program Management worked had to ensure that this group completed and wrote their examinations. As a program did not have institution status, effort was made by Management to have the students write examinations through Government colleges:-

In the year 2000, I was appointed Program Coordinator responsible for the smooth running of the program. Our first group completed in 2001 and many others wanted to be enrolled as such in 2002 April, we took on the second group.

My first challenge came in 2003 when Ministry of Education directed that the program should close forth with. The Provincial Education Officer communicated this to all of us at the office and asked me to communicate to all students.

This was a heavy blow to me. While all other senior staff accepted the directive, I requested the Provincial Education Officer if he could allow me respond to the directive and fortunately enough, I was allowed to write to the Permanent Secretary giving reasons why the program should not close down while it had over two hundred students studying for both Diploma and Certificate in Education.

Ministry of Education in response to that letter directed that the program be moved out of the Provincial office and register as an Institution. When the Provincial Education Officer got this directive, he directed that all officers involved in the program should stop participating or face disciplinary action. This made all colleagues who saved as lecturers and board members pull out.

This became my second challenge; I realised it was not possible for the program to continue if we all pulled out. Consequently, I decided to continue regardless of the obstacles in my way because the students needed to be supported to complete their course. Additionally, I also saw the need to transform the program into an institution which should contribute to the growth of teacher education in the country.

In 2004 we started pushing for the transformation of the program into an institution. We had the name change from Teachers of Primary and Secondary Schools program (TOPSSUP) to Zambian College of Open Learning (ZAMCOL).

The same year, we applied for affiliation to the Copperbelt University and by November we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University.

The third challenge was in 2004 when Ministry of Education asked their colleges not to allow our program students to sit for their final examination using their centres. However, this was easily overcome because we already had affiliate status as such we had to adjust the examination dates to allow the University accommodate our examination schedule.

Our registration with the Ministry of Education took 6 years. There were no reasons for this delay, however despite this delay; we had a good support from our clientele that enabled us to continue enrolling every year and had many students graduating but these could not be recognized by the Ministry of Education which was quite frustrating. We never gave up but continued. In 2009, I retired from active service and came to the helm of the college and continued to fight for registration. In 2010 we managed to break through and got recognition from Ministry of Education. After this achievement, we started opening centres in the provinces to expand our operations and to reach out to many people who needed our services. Since then, the college has opened regional centres in 5 provinces outside North-Western province; the headquarters of the college.

The college has a total enrolment of 2,924 Students, on its full time establishment to employees and 140 part time lectures.

We have also managed to have our own online platform and introduced our students to e-learning. This is our latest development. We are now working towards upgrading the college to an Open University. I hope I will achieve this before I retire from active administration of the Zambian College of Open Learning.

After obtaining a degree of Bachelor of Computer Science from one of the most prestigious colleges of India, Ferguson Co llege, Pune, Dr. Swati Mujumdar completed her M.B.A. in IT from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, a B School ranked amongst top 5 in India. She then went to Ball State University, Indiana, USA to do her M aster's in Computer Science.

Swati was awarded PhD degree in the Faculty of M anagement for her thesis "A study of the significance of Vocationalization of Education & S kill Development in India with special reference to the S tate of Maharashtra"

Swati resided in USA for 12 years and worked in several leading companies, where she gathered rich experience in various facets of information and communi cation technology. She joined the Elite Symbiosis Group as the Director of Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL) in the year 2001, on return to India , an institute which has been imparting many programs through distance mode since 2001.

Almost single handedly and working with all aspects of administrative and operations responsibilities, she has raised the stature of this institute to int ernational repute. It is only because of her total and unstinted devotion & commitment to the development of this institute , that today SCDL has more than 2 50,000 post graduate students from all states of India and 42 different countries . Her endeavor has been to take education to the remotest corners of our country by providing affordable education to all the sections of the society.

Swati's case studies on the "I nnovative use of ICT in education" have been published by UNESCO in their Asia - Pacific Journal and by Deloitte Consulting, USA. Swati is invited as a key note speaker on many occasions and has presented several papers and ideas in National & International Conferences

Swati is very passionate about vocational education and skill development. Early in 2009, she took the initiative of setting up the Symbiosis Community College in village s neighboring Pune . Over 2000 needy and disadvantaged students including women and school drop -outs have made a successful career after passing out of the Symbiosis Community Colleges. In 2011& 2012 she established a Vocational Junior College & Symbiosis Institute of Skill Development with the primary objective of developing skill s in local youth.

Swati recently chaired an 11- member Committee constituted by the Go vernment of Maharashtra for formulating the vocational education and skill development policy for the State .

She has been a recipient of the 'Sanganak Sarathi IT Award 2010' from Sarathi Foundation and 'Excellence in Education' award from Top Management Consortium for her noteworthy contributions in the field of education.

Professor Correl Walter Samukelo Sukati (Walter) is Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Distance Education (IDE) at the University of Swaziland. He was born in Manzini, Swaziland and did his Primary and Secondary Education in Swaziland before proceeding to do his first degree, a Bachelor of Science at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland in Lesotho. Prof. Sukati followed this degree with many others, and now holds two Bachelor's degrees, two Master's degrees and two Doctoral degrees. One of the doctoral degrees was earned from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Comparative Education and the other was earned from Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in Administration, Planning and Social Policy.

Walter currently works for the University of Swaziland, and has occupied several positions of responsibility within the Swaziland Ministry of Education and the University. At the University (at different times) he has held the positions of University Planner; Lecturer and Head of Department of Educational Foundations and Management; University Registrar; Coordinator, Academic and Professional Studies Unit; Director of IDE and Acting Pro Vice Chancellor. Further, he is a member of several professional bodies and Societies and has held Office in a number of these organizations.

Professor Sukati has received several honors and awards. These include being Advisor to three Southern African Development Cooperation (SADC) Centres of Specialisation preparing teaching materials in Educational policy, planning and management; Swaziland Contact Person (Interlocutor) for the Virtual University of Small States of the Commonwealth, External Examiner for several Universities, Councillor for the Educational Network in Eastern and Southern Africa (ERNESTA). Professor Sukati's research interests include: open and distance education, educational planning and policy, comparative education, and economics and politics of education. He has published extensively in Open and Distance Learning and Education and has some Books, Chapters in Books and many Journal Articles to his name.

Some of his papers include:
  • From Distance Learning to e-Learning: Experiences and Challenges from the University of Swaziland;
  • Planning a Quality University System: Using Technology to Increase Access to University Education;
  • Contribution of the IDE in Promoting Gender Equality and in Empowering Women in Swaziland;
  • Education and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Review;
  • Education for All Children by 2015: Mere Rhetoric or Reality in Swaziland?
  • Reducing Poverty: Education Planning and Policy Implications for Swaziland;
  • Conventional Versus Distance Education Revisited: Does Mode Matter?

After accomplishment of Master of Arts in E-Leaning, Mr. Ramiz Ali joined the Centre for Open Learning, the Maldives National University (MNU) as a lecturer in 2010. Since then, he has been playing a key role to expandopen and distance learning (ODL) in the small island nation. As the result of his commitment, in 2011,he was appointed as the acting head of his institutionand later as the Head (Dean) of Centre in 2012.

Under Mr. Ali's leadership, open and distance education at the MNU,more broadly in the nation has remarkably developed. In 2011, when he came to the position, there were less than 200 students who underwent higher education through distance mode.At that time, the highest course was a diploma levelone. However, in the end of 2013, there were over 1200 students who were studying different level courses including advanced certificate, diploma, bachelor degree, post graduate certificate and masters' level. Not only the increasing number of courses but it is worth to highlight that now the distance education students are placed acrossthe archipelago where they are disadvantaged in pursuing post-secondary education due to several reasons.

Mr. Ali has put an enormous effort to develop distance education system in country. As a result, with relevant facilities for distance education, the number of full-time academic staff of his institution has remarkably been increased where a number of part-time academics contribute in deliveringcontent to the students in blended learning mode. Further, with support of Commonwealth of Learning, an institutional ODL policy has been developing to further strengthen ODL in the country.He always believes that ODL would be the future of higher education in his small island nation where the population is dispersed in over two hundred small islands.

Employment History :
Occupational and Organizational Psychologist.

Soon after graduating I started a career in HR, in a company selling services. Then I worked as a freelance trainer and recruiter. In 1999 I started my own company: Network Training. Network Training has been working for years in recruiting and has also been offering tutoring, mentoring and consulting services to companies in order to shape cross-sector skills.

In 2010 Network Training expanded its area of expertise by creating a new department in Mantova: Network Training Sanità, which provides education and training courses for people willing to work as healthcare operators in hospitals, nursing homes, no-profit and private foundations. At the moment Network Training has three separate places of work in Italy: Padova, Verona and Mantova.

In 2013 I founded Learning App, a spin-off company of Network Training whose main product is an innovative mobile learning platform for on-the-job training. Learning App is currently growing and developing business not only in Italy but also in Russia, UAE, Malta and Bulgaria.

As an entrepreneur I strongly believe in continuous growth, learning and improvement. I put a lot of effort and enthusiasm in my work and I always try to motivate and inspire my co-workers and my colleagues to achieve the best results.

A CITATION ON PROFESSOR VINCENT ADO TENEBE, FCM, J.P. Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria

Born in Kaduna, Nigeria on the 17th August, 1958, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe attended St. Patrick Primary School and Government Secondary School, Yerwa, Maiduguri, Nigeria from 1965 to 1971 and 1972 to 1976 respectively.

Professor Vincent Tenebe earned his B.Sc. Agric (2nd Class Upper Division) in 1982 and M.Sc. Agronomy in 1988, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The promising scholar crowned his academic exploits with a PhD in Agronomy at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, in 1995.

Young Vincent Ado Tenebe began his academic career as a Graduate Assistant at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, in 1984. In 1988, he was made the University Farm Manager. He profitably managed the farm till 1993. From 1995-1997, he was Head, Department of Crop Production of the University. He became Director, Consultancy Services Unit, 1997-1999, Director Endowment, 1999 – 2001 and General Manager (CEO) ATBU Trust and Investment Ltd, 2001 – 2005. Professor Tenebe rose through all academic ranks from Graduate Assistant to Professor of Agronomy from 1984 to 2003; at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe is the second Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, a position he assumed on the 14th October, 2010. Before assuming the leadership of NOUN, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe was the pioneer Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration). And prior to this, he was the Director of the Kaduna Campus of NOUN, now renamed Centre for Educational Technology and Entrepreneurial Development (CETED).

On assumption of duty as the Vice Chancellor, Professor Vincent Tenebe, the pragmatic administrator, immediately set about increasing the number of the university's study centres which, at present stands at 50, comprising conventional, special and community study centres. Indeed, this is a reflection of his crusade to make NOUN a household name in Nigeria and also to actualise NOUN's vision of making quality education accessible to teeming Nigerians who are desirous of having higher education. Under his leadership, NOUN has registered its presence not just locally, but internationally. A recent Webometric International rating placed NOUN in the 7th position among universities in Nigeria, out of eight universities that made the list in the country, and 86th position out of the 100 universities in Africa in 2011, while the same rating in 2012 placed NOUN as number 11 in Africa.

Similarly, NOUN under the able leadership of Professor Vincent Tenebe was recently honoured with the European Quality Award in Education at Oxford, United Kingdom, by the European Business Assembly, and the Leadership Award in Educational Excellence at Mauritius, by the Africa-India Partnership Summit, 2011. It is also worthy of note that in the recently concluded accreditation exercise carried out by the National Universities Commission, NOUN had 30 of its programmes accredited. This is a laudable achievement under Professor Vincent Tenebe.

Well-acknowledged internationally for his contributions to scholarship and dedication to community services, Professor Tenebe has been honoured with several awards locally and internationally among which are: Gamji Meritorial Award, by Tafawa Balewa Memorial Foundation 2002; African Role Model for Excellence 2011, Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education, 2012, European Business Assembly Award 2012, BSN Award for Pivotal role in Biotechnology Education/ Research, 2012, Who is Who in Nigeria 2010, European Quality Awards 2011, Outstanding Achievement in Administration and Academic Management 2011/2012, Most valuable Vice Chancellor in Nigeria 2011, and International Socrates Award Winner in the Education Committee, Oxford, 2012, Sarkin Kudu, Gubi of Bauchi State, 2001 and Omenkafulunanya I of Enugu State, 2013.

In an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, this seasoned scholar and administrator of no mean repute, has made brilliant presentations that addressed issues in agriculture, global warming and higher education at various fora across the globe. He has published over 100 articles in foremost local and international journals, successfully supervised 12 PhD candidates, 35 M.Sc and over 80 Bachelor's degrees.

Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, an Executive Board Member of African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) and the UNESCO Chair of Open and Distance Learning at the National Open University of Nigeria, belongs to several learned societies, among which are:
  • Member, Botanical Society of Nigeria, 2004 to date

  • Member, African Council for Distance Education 2008 to date

  • Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria, 1986 to date

  • Member, Farm Management Association of Nigeria, 1987

  • Member, Weed Science Society of Nigeria, 1987 to date

  • Member, Association of Applied Biologists of the United Kingdom, 1994-date

  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Management, 1997 to date

  • Fellow, Institute of Cost Management (FCM), 2002 to date

  • Fellow, Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (FNISEB), 2012 to date

  • Fellow, National Institute for Education and Research (FNIER), 2012 to date

  • Fellow, Association of Nigerian Teachers (FASSONT), 2013

The distinguished scholar, who loves to be called a farmer, whose hobbies include sports, photography, music and travelling, is happily married with children.

Dickson M. Mwansa, Associate Professor of Adult Education, Founder and Former Vice Chancellor for the Zambian Open University (2002-2013)

He is author six books including Literacy: Changes and Needs in an African Society (Lambert Academic Publishing 2012), Pursuit of Dream the story behind the Zambian Open University (2013), The Family Question and Other Plays (Xlibris, Partner of Penguin books, 2014). He was Dean, School of Education at University of Zambia (1999-2002), worked for UNICEF as Coordinator of Reasearch in Zambia (1994-1996), The International Council Adult Education as coordinator, Popular Theatre(1990-1992). He carried a research Study for SADC on provision of open and distance learning (2010) and has authored over 40 articles and chapters in books.

He graduated from the University of Zambia with BA with education in geography and literature in 1973, the University of Toronto where he received a M.Ed and Ed. respectively in 1982 and 1993 in the field of adult education.

He has been leader of theatre movements in his country and sits on many bodies to that work in the field of education, culture and the arts. He received the Chairman's Award for the Ngoma Awards for 2000 for outstanding contribution to the development of the arts and is a life member of the Lusaka Theatre Club. He is Goodwill Ambassador for Open and Distance Learning for the African Council on Distance Education.

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