ICT expert Ishaya appointed UNIJOS vice-chancellor, assumes office [Profile]

Professor Tanko Ishaya

Professor Tanko Ishaya

By Polycarp Auta/Jos

The 14th Governing Council of the University of Jos, Plateau, has
appointed mathematician and ICT expert, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, as the new Vice-Chancellor.

His appointment for a five-year term takes effect from Friday 12 November

Mr Abdullahi Abdullahi, Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications of the university announced this on Friday in Jos.

Ishaya’s appointment was approved after the Council’s consideration of the recommendation of the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board at its Special Meeting held on Friday, November 12.

Who is Professor Ishaya?

Ishaya, 57, is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, of the university and a professor of Computer Science with a Mathematics background and specialism and experience in Data Engineering, Computer Security and Forensics.

He obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics Education and graduated with second Class Upper Division in 1992 at University of Jos and began work as a lecturer in Mathematics department at the College of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State.

He later proceeded to the University of Manchester, United Kingdom to pursue an M.Sc. programme in Computation, which he completed in 1997.

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He later enrolled for his PhD in Computing Studies which he completed in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of Professor of Computer Science in 2012.

He joined the University of Hull in October, 2000 as a Lecturer and was Head of the Centre for Internet Computing at the institution before returning to Nigeria in 2008 as a visiting Professor to the University of Jos on Sabbatical.

Professor Tanko was the founding Director of the University’s Directorate for Information and Communication Technology and again returned to the University of Hull in January 2009 after his Sabbatical.

Professor Tanko came back to the university of Jos in 2012 on special request by the University to serve as the Director, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and doubled as the pioneer Head of Computer Science Department at the University.

He has served in over 60 University Committees at the University of Hull and the University Jos and a member of several professional bodies.

Ishaya has over 40 publications in both local and international journals, books, conferences and research reports.

He has also supervised ad graduated five PhD, 40 M.Sc and over 100 undergraduate students in Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK)

Ishaya, who hails from Zuru, Kebbi State, is happily married to his wife, Sharon Ishaya and are blessed with three children.

Ishaya takes over from Prof. Gray Ejikeme, whose term as Acting Vice-Chancellor expires on November 30.

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