MASERU — New National University of Lesotho (NUL) vice-chancellor, Sharon Siverts, pictured below, knows all too well the main challenge facing the institution.
“From what I know, NUL has waned from its commitment to provide students with a quality education in recent years,” she said on Friday.
To this end, Siverts noted, there is need to renew this commitment to quality education.
“My philosophy is that it is the job of all of us at NUL to work to assure that our students have a quality education, in all respects.”
Siverts who started work at NUL in February this year was speaking at a ceremony to officially assume office from her predecessor former acting vice-chancellor Molapi Sebatana.
Siverts said she is planning to make NUL a better place.
“I commit to all of you to do my best, to work with you as we improve NUL. I ask you to commit to the same.”
She added: “NUL, at least while I am here will not be a place to complain; it will be a place of opportunity, and a disciplined community.”
Siverts, 65, was vice-chancellor at the University of Botswana from 1998 to 2003.
The American professor holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Ohio University in the United States.
Siverts warned students that they would lose their learning opportunities if they did not perform well.
“I urge you to strive for excellence in all you do, do not take second best in your academics or in co-curricular activities,” she said.
“Your job is to succeed, you are here on merit but if you choose not to perform, believe me, there are many others who would be very happy to take your place and they will.”
Siverts asked lecturers to equip students with the best knowledge.