26 July 2022 08:55:41 IST

Nirmala Rao is the Vice-Chancellor of Krea University

Nirmala Rao

Prof Nirmala Rao takes over as Krea University’s next Vice-Chancellor to steer the university’s vision forward, building on its strong foundations of ethics, innovation, excellence, inclusivity and accountability, a release from the institute, said. .

Prior to Krea, Prof Nirmala Rao served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh, between 2017 and 2022. Formerly, she held various positions as the Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, and as Pro-Warden for Academic Affairs at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

On her appointment as Vice-Chancellor, Prof Nirmala Rao said, “It is a great honour to be asked to lead Krea, a prized institution, young, but already ahead in addressing how universities must adapt to provide the students of today with the education that will best prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. I am struck by how enthusiastic and passionate people are about Krea, it’s cutting-edge and impactful research that has already begun to address an exciting set of grand challenges. Krea gives me hope for a future in which real, deep, respectful dialogue will eventually alter the way we think, work, and relate to one another.”

Range of accomplishments

Prof Rao took her first degree in economics at Delhi University in 1979, masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and PhD from the University of London. She has published extensively in the field of urban politics and some of her books include  Re-shaping City Governance;  Cities in TransitionGoverning London; and  Transforming Local Political Leadership.

Kapil Viswanathan, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Governing Council said, “We are delighted to welcome Rao as the next vice-chancellor of Krea University. As an accomplished academic administrator and scholar with international experience, Dr Rao is well placed to lead Krea University in its mission to help humanity prepare for an unpredictable world.”

Prof Rao has extensive experience of public service and served as an advisor to a range of bodies including the UK Audit Commission and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. For a number of years, she was a lay member of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, a non-executive director of Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and a member of the Architects Registration Board. 

She is currently a member of the Governing Body of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a Trustee of United World Schools and Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish, University of Cambridge. Prof Rao was elected Fellow of the Academy Social Sciences in 2003 and awarded an OBE for services to scholarship in the 2011 Queen’s Honours list.