Dr Chris Ndzengu

I, as a first year student arrived at Rhodes in 1987 as someone who had been negatively affected at an early age by forced removal from ancestral land and as a student from a village, with no computer skills.  The University then was not ready and prepared for me and others like myself.

In addition to making it happen with studies, we assumed the responsibility of transforming the institution to be a conducive climate for all.  Dr Henderson, then the VC,  kept on assuring us that transformation is a gradual process. We did not accept this and embarked on accelerating it.

The momentum for change and transformation are inevitable and ought not be resisted in any institution, in particular in one for Higher learning.

During the changes, the institution will be stronger and formidable. The institution is far more bigger than its name; and the leaders involved in managing the transformation process ought to make sure that the interests of all affected (including investors) are reasonably balanced.