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Profile of New UNN VC, Professor Charles Igwe


This is a brief profile of the newly appointed/elected UNN Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Igwe.

The Governing Council of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), led by the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Mike Olorunfemi, after a transparent selection process, has appointed Professor Charles Arinzechukwu Igwe as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University. Until his appointment, Professor Igwe was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration of the University.

The new VC, who is a Professor of Soil Science in the Faculty of Agriculture, was born at Awka, Anambra State on August 23, 1958 and holds a PhD, M.Sc. and B Agric degrees in Soil Science all from University of Nigeria. He also obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Soil Science from Agricultural University, Norway.

He joined the services of UNN in 1976 as a Soil Survey Assistant and became an academic staff of the University in 1991. He rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 2003.
Prof. Igwe was elected/appointed Head of Department; Associate Dean of Faculty; Dean of Faculty and Directors of Centres at various times in his service at UNN. Charles was Visiting Researcher /Professor in Universities located in Germany, Japan, Norway, Italy and France.


He is a NORAD Fellow; Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Germany; Regular Associate, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy; Fellow, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science; Winner, University of Nigeria Vice-Chancellor’s Faculty and University Prizes 1992/93; Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering; participant in German DAAD/DIES Deans Course 2009.

Charles attracted scientific equipment donations to the University from AvH in 2001 and 2010. He is a two times recipient of Research Grant from Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

Professor Igwe is married with 4 children. He will take over from Professor Benjamin Ozumba whose tenure will expire in June, 2019.

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