APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHANCELLOR
Applications are invited for the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles, with effect from the start of 2018.
The Council of the university is looking for an outstanding individual who can fulfil its vision to be the university of choice for local, regional an international student, and to be a leading knowledge hub amongst Indian Ocean nations.
The University of Seychelles (UniSey) was formally established in September 2009, following an announcement two years previously by the then President of the Republic, James Alix Michel, that Seychelles should have its own University. Prior to its establishment, all students entering higher education were required to study overseas.
Although Seychelles has a small national population (fewer than 100,000) the presence of its own university has already increased local opportunities to study. In addition to offering places to a greater number of school leavers than was previously possible, mature students in full-time employment have been able to participate in higher education. Through its provision of advanced skills development, as well as providing a research hub within the country, the University is making an important contribution in the nation’s transition to a knowledge economy.
Each year, since its inception, the course portfolio has been gradually extended so that there is now an attractive range of postgraduate as well as undergraduate programmes. Many of these are provided by leading international universities such as London and Paris but, increasingly, UniSey is also developing its own programmes to more closely meet local needs.
Research is still at an early stage of development, although three centres have been formed that closely match distinctive aspects of Seychelles: the Blue Economy; Creole Language & Culture; and Peace Studies & Diplomacy. As well as these three centres, individual academics are developing their own research interests. Additionally, a twice-yearly journal, Island Studies, has been launched to create a dialogue between academia and policy-makers in Seychelles and the wider region.
After its first five years, the university gained two marks of national and international recognition. First came the University of London’s review of progress and award of Recognised Centre status. This was followed by the award by the Seychelles Qualifications Authority of Institutional Accreditation, covering all aspects of the university’s activities. Each of the resultant reports provides a positive endorsement of UniSey’s development as a small but well-respected university meeting international standards.
During the present year, a comprehensive review is being undertaken to ensure that all of UniSey’s key policies and procedures are up-to-date and fully defensible as instruments of good governance. A number of organisational changes have been made and a strong tier of supporting management is in place.
Additionally, a review has been undertaken of the University Council’s membership and organisation, and the university is fortunate to enjoy the support of a diverse range of talented individuals.
One change that will be made at the end of 2017 is the ‘de-merger’ of one of the university’s three Faculties, The Guy Morel Institute (TGMI), so that it can better concentrate on its core business as a training institution. As well as reducing the number of Faculties from three to two, the move will enable UniSey to consolidate most of its activities on degreelevel work and research at the Anse Royale campus.
For the incoming Vice-Chancellor, there are some exciting opportunities to take forward. These include:
(a) to implement the new 5-year Strategic Plan. The Plan puts great emphasis on excellence in teaching, learning and assessment and on the employability of our graduates. It also highlights issues of internationalisation and campus development; it is very much a plan for growth and change;
(b) to successfully introduce a strong international element in all aspects of UniSey’s activities. This will include attracting students from overseas to the campus and creating a vibrant mix of cultures in the classroom and socially. Apart from the obvious educational and cultural advantages, this will help to set the university on a sound financial footing, well into the future;
(c) to deliver major improvements to the quality of the campus environment. These are intended not only to benefit local students but also to attract new students and researchers from overseas, including for conferences and short courses. Tenders will be placed shortly for the production of a campus master plan; and
(d) to complete the preparations for an early bid to the Seychelles Qualifications Authority for devolved course validation status (‘deregulation’). The university’s Quality Assurance Office is currently at an advanced stage in preparing the necessary documents and new procedures, prior to a programme of staff training.
Candidates will find general information on the university’s website at www.unisey.ac.sc Additionally, the link used to access this briefing note also leads to the following documents:
Annual Report 2016
Strategic Plan 2017-2021
The Vice-Chancellor is accountable on a day-to-day basis to the Chair of Council and, ultimately, to the Chancellor.
Regarding the duties and accountability of the Vice-Chancellor, the relevant part of the University Charter (using the above link) is Section 17.
The qualifications and prior experience of a Vice-Chancellor may vary widely but the following will be regarded as essential:
experience of working in a university and evidence of a strong commitment to higher education; an excellent record in senior management; evidence of creative thinking and innovation; an ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment; integrity of the highest order.
Conditions of Appointment
The salary and package will be in line with Seychelles Government guidelines for a local CEO appointment.
Candidates are required to submit a letter of application together with a curriculum vitae that includes details of three referees. These referees will not be contacted until a later stage in the process and only then with the consent of the candidate.
This is a re-advertisement and candidates who applied in the previous round need not re-apply. The post has been designated for Seychellois applicants only.
The closing date for applications is Friday 6th October 2017.
The University Council will form a shortlisting committee, following which shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. Those candidates who are not shortlisted will be duly informed.