Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Debora Kayembe, who took refuge in Britain from the Democratic Congo 16 years ago, was elected rector of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
The 45-year-old former lawyer, who will take office in March 2021, will be the first black rector of the university, founded in 1582.
Debora Kayembe, who will be the 54th rector of the university, will also be the 3rd female rector to be awarded the post.
Kayembe posted on his Twitter account upon her election as rector, "Deeply honored to elected as the 54th Rector of Edinburg University and sending blessings to my home country the Congo; Thank you for all messages of love and sympathy #DRC #Edinburgh #Scotland" she said.
"Africa needs education, the best education. My role will be to make sure that is the top of the agenda.” she said.