VELLORE: An alumnus of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), graduating with a doctorate in management from VIT in 2010, has been appointed the Minister for Education in the Rwanda government. Dr Papias Musafiri Malimba was awarded his Ph.D after working under Dr P Ganesan, his research supervisor, for five years at VIT. VIT Chancellor Viswanathan expressed his happiness and congratulated Dr Malimba on assuming his new role as the Minister for Education.
Dr Malimba graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and management from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and has a master’s degree in business administration majoring in Finance and Information Technology from the School of Business, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
With over 14 years of experience in the academic work arena, Dr Malimba was serving as the Principal of the College of Business and Economics of the University of Rwanda. Earlier, Dr Musafiri was actively involved in teaching, research and consultancy and held several senior management positions including that of director of administration and human resources, acting dean, faculty of management, vice rector academics and acting rector, in several higher learning institutions in Rwanda.
During his stint at VIT University, Dr Musafiri was actively involved in research and presented several research articles in national and international seminars and conferences. Dr. Musafiri has also published papers in several reputable journals including the International Journal of Social Economics and the Journal of Financial Services, which he co-authored with his research supervisor Dr. P. Ganesan.
Dr Malimba replaces Professor Silas Lwakabamba as the education minister last month.