University of Eswatini / Vice Chancellor's Office

Prof Justice M. Thwala

Prof. J. M. Thwala is a Swazi citizen.  He obtained the Bachelor of Science plus Concurrent Diploma in Education (B.Sc .+ CDE) from the University of Swaziland, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1986. Having acquired a British Council Scholarship, he completed a Master of Science degree from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 1989.  He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree
in 1995 from Bristol University in the United Kingdom through a scholarship he
had been awarded by the Commonwealth and Fellowship Plan. 

Professor Thwala undertook his Post-Doctoral studies in 2002 at Loughborough University in the UK and also at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010.  His training was not only confined to the sciences as he obtained a Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Book Keeping and Diploma in Practical Accounting from Damelin Swaziland in 1998 and 1999.

Prof Pinkie E. Zwane

Prof. Pinkie E. Zwane is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Administration) for the University of Eswatini. She holds a Doctorate in Textiles and Consumer Sciences, acquired in 1997 from Florida State University in the United States of America, as a recipient of a Kellogg Foundation Scholarship. In 1990, she received a Master of Science degree in Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising from Oklahoma State University in the United States of America. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics was received in 1985 from Michigan State University in the United States of America, after having completed a Diploma in Home Economics at the University of Botswana and Swaziland in 1980.  Her professional career includes being employed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, Port Elizabeth Centre, as a Clothing Technology Research Group Leader from 2004 to 2006.

Responsibilities of the Pro-Vice Chancellor – Administration are as follows:

  1. co-ordination of activities of the University Centres as assigned by the Vice Chancellor;
  2. commercialisation and marketing through innovation and development of business units within the University;
  3. monitoring the development and maintenance of University buildings and other infrastructure;
  4. monitoring the implementation of the University Strategic Plan;
  5. establishment of resource generating Centres in and outside the Kingdom of Eswatini;
  6. liaising with external bodies or organizations or institutions on behalf of the University;

Prof Tendakayi H. Gadaga

The Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof Tendekayi Henry Gadaga joined the University of Eswatini in 2011 in the Department of Environmental Health Science. He holds a PhD (Food Science) degree from the Agricultural University of Norway (now Norwegian University of Life Sciences); MSc (Food Science) from Reading University, UK; and BSc (Chemistry and Biological Sciences) from the University of Zimbabwe. He has been in the academic field for the past 20 years. Previously he was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eswatini; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, National University of Lesotho; and Chairman of the Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Family Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe. Before joining the academic field, he worked as an Analytical Chemist in Zimbabwe. He was awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies by the British Council in 1992 and the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education in 1997.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor – Academic is responsible for:

  1. monitoring the implementation of the strategic plan;
  2. co-ordination of development and implementation of academic programmes and regulations;
  3. promoting the development of e-learning (e.g. blended learning), and quality assurance in all academic activities;
  4. co-ordination of activities of the University Academic Centres and Institutes assigned to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic);
  5. promotion and coordination of research, projects, and transformation & innovation activities;
  6. chairing various University Committees and Boards as assigned by the Vice Chancellor;
  7. working out annual performance contracts of Deans and Directors and all staff members reporting to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic); and
  8. making appropriate annual recommendations to the Vice Chancellor on the performance of Deans and Directors and all staff members reporting to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic).