Black Woman Named Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland

Yekemi Otaru, a passionate supporter of women in business and an active mentor of business owners in the world’s poorest countries, will formally take up the role of Chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley on September 1.

Otaru has considerable industrial experience in engineering and marketing. She is co-founder and executive director at Doqaru Limited, a prominent Aberdeen-based sales and marketing firm. She is also a board member of Interface, which connects a wide range of organizations from national and international industries to Scotland’s universities, research institutes, and colleges.

“I am honored to have been appointed Chancellor-elect of the University of the West of Scotland,” Otaru said. “We are all living through challenging times, and higher education plays a vital role in society and for our economy. I eagerly look forward to being part of the university, as it continues to carry out world-class research and knowledge transfer initiatives such as in the areas of healthcare and sports science. Now is the perfect time for me to be joining the university’s journey in inspiring and educating the next generation of graduates, equipped with the skills needed to help society recover from the pandemic.”

Otaru, a native of Nigeria, is a graduate of the University of Benin, where she majored in chemical engineering. She holds four higher education degrees.

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  1. Are you kidding me JBHE! This type of Nigerian academic story should be in Nigerian news outlets such as The Vanguard, The Premium Times, Punch Newspaper, or even The Guardian News. I had no idea that JBHE was the news platform for the entire African Diaspora. For those who dissent, do you think you’ll ever see any article from JBHE in any African or Caribbean newspaper? I don’t think so. I wonder why.

  2. To answer your question HBCU Watch, newspaper publishers, and/or their reporters in developing countries may not know of the existence of JBHE. A good way to change that would be to share the link to the journal and maybe some of its articles with readers (friends, acquaintances) who live abroad – mainly in Africa the Caribbean, and other parts of the world. This is just my personal opinion.

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