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UTG Gets 5th Vice Chancellor


Professor Herbert Robinson
5th Vice Chancellor, UTG
(Photo: ACBF)

Professor Herbert Robinson has been appointed 5th Vice Chancellor for the University of the Gambia (UTG).

His appointment was approved on 20 November 2021, but would take effect in January 2022, according to a statement by the university. 

“The University of The Gambia is pleased to announce that on 30th November 2021, the Chancellor, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow, approved the appointment of Professor Herbert Robinson as Vice Chancellor. The appointment is the culmination of a rigorous and painstaking search process for an inspiring leader for the country’s only public university. He emerged as first choice in a highly competitive international group of scholars.

Professor Herbert Robinson has an outstanding track record as an academic and thought leader. He started his academic career at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom in 2000. He became a full Professor at London South Bank University (United Kingdom) in 2011 after he taught and led major academic programmes, including cutting-edge research and consultancy projects that benefitted both international firms and public sector institutions such as the National Health Service of the UK, which collaborated with the university. As Professor of Project Management and Sustainability Strategy, he provided leadership in programme and curriculum development, research, building partnerships and mobilising resources, and strategic planning at faculty and university levels. Outputs from his research have been presented in international conferences and knowledge sharing events in Europe, USA, the Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has authored a plethora of publications, including books, book chapters, technical papers, policy briefs and articles in leading international journals and conferences.

Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Professor Robinson was Director of Knowledge, Research and Learning at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), a specialised agency of the African Union, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. In this capacity, he provided leadership in organising knowledge-sharing events such as the Africa Think Tank Summit, and in coordinating the production and dissemination of research publications to align the development priorities of African countries with key policy documents such as the African Union Agenda 2063, African Development Bank High Fives and UN SDGs 2030. 

Professor Robinson also served as the Regional Advisor, Head of Capacity Development and Training Division and Acting Director, at the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (UN-IDEP)/ UN Economic Commission for Africa based in Dakar, Senegal, from 2012 to 2015. 

Before embarking on his academic career, Professor Robinson worked in industry as a Quantity Surveyor at the London Office of Ove Arup, an internationally renowned consulting firm, and returned to The Gambia in 1991 as a United Nations National Expert to support the World Bank Second Highway Maintenance Project at the then Ministry of Works and Communications in The Gambia.

Professor Herbert Robinson attended Saint Augustine’s High School (1978-83) and after completing his Sixth Form education at Gambia High School (1983-85), he worked at the Medical Research Council (Fajara) before pursuing further studies abroad. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying (Construction Economics) from University of Reading, United Kingdom (1989), a Master of Infrastructure Planning from University of Stuttgart in Germany (1995), and a PhD in Infrastructure Economics from South Bank University (2001) in the United Kingdom.

The university is pleased that a Gambian national will occupy the position of Vice Chancellor, to steer the direction of the university with effect from January 2022.

On behalf of the University community, we heartily congratulate Professor Herbert Robinson on his appointment and wish him a very successful tenure as Vice Chancellor,” the statement reads.

Prior to his appointment, Professor Pierre Gomez was the Acting Vice Chancellor, after the tenure of his predecessor Professor Anjum ended in September this year.  

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