- Linus Opara is a Nigerian professor in South Africa who has held various positions in academia and management
- Some of the positions include president of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station
- Opara's impact has been felt in different part of the globe such as Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific, among others
Linus Opara is an African professor to be reckoned with in South Africa. He works for the Department of Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University.
The Nigerian academic is also the South African Research chair in postharvest technology. It should be noted that he also received the 2016 African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award.
He was also elected as the president of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
Opara's specialisation is in the cold-chain sector, which covers areas like packaging and storage, and other technologies that relate to fresh produce.
He got a first-class honours as a graduate of agricultural engineering and a masters from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka before he travelled abroad for his PhD from Massey University, New Zealand.
The successful professor became a chartered engineer in the UK and around that same time became the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation.
Opara is an all-round success who has held different positions in the capacity of management and academics.
He has served as the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, been an associate professor of agricultural engineering and also the assistant dean for postgraduate studies and research.
The African export is not only limited to the classrooms as he has also been a participant of many international development projects on the fields of agricultural engineering and postharvest technology.
Opara, among many other things he has done, created competency-test training in many countries in Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific, among others.
He served as elected member of the Massey University Governing Council (1993-1997), University Academic Board (Senate) (1992-1997), Council Committee for the appointment of new Vice Chancellor (1994-1995), the Inter-Ethnic Research Committee (1992-1996) and other policy and governance bodies.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Opeyemi Longe excelled in the academia as he bagged three successive first class degrees.
It was gathered that he got first class honours for all the degrees he studied for, one after the other.
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