The Vice Chancellor, Prof E. Mwenje, has announced the appointment of Prof Wilson Parawira as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Bindura University of Science Education with effect from 1 September 2018.
Prior to his recent appointment, Prof Parawira was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science from August 2012 to August 2018.
Professor Wilson Parawira earned his PhD degree in Environmental Biotechnology from Lund University, Sweden in 2004. He also holds an MSc in Biotechnology (1997) and BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences (1992) from University of Zimbabwe. He has two years postdoctoral research experience; his first postdoctoral research fellowship was in 2008 at Lund University in Sweden in Anaerobic Digestion and his second postdoctoral research fellowship was in Fermentation Process Development in Departments of Process Engineering and Microbiology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2009.
He has extensive administrative and academic experience attained from working at different reputable national, regional and international universities. His academic career commenced at the Midlands State University where he worked as a lecturer from 1997-1999. He then moved to the University of Zimbabwe from 1999 to 2008 where he assumed the post of lecturer, Head of Department (Institute of Food, Nutrition and Family Sciences) and, Senior Lecturer respectively. He later moved to Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, now College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda) in 2010 where he worked as an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Head of Applied Biology Department and Acting Director of Research and Publications up to the time he joined Bindura University in August 2012. He has taught many undergraduate and postgraduate courses and developed many undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
As an illustrious researcher, Prof Parawira has published numerous articles in refereed international journals and several book chapters which are highly cited in international reputable journals. He has also published several non-refereed (edited) articles in newspapers in science and technology. His research interests are in environmental biotechnology; biofuels; food microbiology; and science, engineering, technology and innovation policies and their effectiveness. He has supervised and is still supervising several MSc and PhD students. He is on Editorial Boards of several journals and reviews manuscripts for many internationally reputable journals.
Prof Parawira is an External Examiner of several universities as evidence of his academic recognition and standing. He is an External Examiner at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Department of Biological Sciences at University of Namibia, Department of Environmental Science, at University of South Africa, and Department of Applied Biology and Biotechnology, at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe; Department of Environmental Science and Technology at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe. Prof Parawira has externally and internally examined many PhD and MPhil theses from several universities.
His hard-work, dedication and work ethic has seen him receiving several prestigious awards including the Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (South Africa), the International Foundation for Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sweden), the SIDA/SAREC PhD Scholarship (Sweden) and the SIDA/SAREC MSc scholarship (Harare).
Prof Parawira is married to Charity and the couple has been blessed with three children.
Professor Mwenje congratulates Professor Parawira and requests staff and students to give him the necessary support and cooperation as he takes up his new responsibilities.