African-born Professor Appointed New Dean of Renowned University College London

African-born Professor Appointed New Dean of Renowned University College London

- A Nigerian professor has been appointed to lead the University College London

- The renowned scholar will take over the new role from an academic that has held the role since 2011

- Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the historic appointment

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A professor Ibrahim Abubakar, who hails from Nigeria, has bagged a new role as the Dean of Faculty of Population Health Sciences of the University College London, a statement from the university confirms.

The well-read academic with an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will take over from Professor Graham Hart who has held the position since August 2011.

Nigerian Professor Appointed New Dean of Renowned University College in London, Buhari Reacts
Professor Ibrahim becomes the second Dean of the faculty Photo Credit: @ProfIAbubakar, @ToyinSaraki
Source: UGC

A statement from the university confirming the appointment which will take effect from August 2021 reads in part:

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“We are delighted to announce that Ibrahim Abubakar, a world-leading scholar in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, will take up the post of Dean of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences from 1 August 2021.
“He successfully leading the faculty to its position today as a leading global institution for education and research in public health and clinical medicine, consistently ranked in the world’s top ten. Professor Hart will continue to co-direct UCL Health of the Public.
“He has published widely, including over 300 research papers, policy reports, book chapters and textbooks. He has a strong commitment to equality and diversity, supporting excellence in education and research and tackling inequalities and social exclusion.”

Daily Trust confirmed that President Buhari has reacted to the appointment.

Speaking through his media aide Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari hailed Ibrahim for his unalloyed support to public health institutions that has seen significant progress in the area and congratulated him on his appointment.

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Ibrahim holds a bachelor's degree in medicine from Ahmadu Bello University. He was elected Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020 amongst other impeccable achievements recorded in his career.

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Meanwhile, Briefly News reported earlier a young South African man recently made himself and undoubtedly his family super proud after he finally back his MBChB. Taking to Twitter, the handsome fella celebrated the achievement with a super cool snap of himself.

"It ended in MBChB (UKZN). I'm officially Dr SM BHENGU. Amazulu Avumile," he captioned the rad photo.

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