A statement from the university said following a meeting at the university a decision was taken for Ajagunna to serve in the post for six weeks after embattled President Dr Fritz Pinnock went on voluntary leave of absence amid a corruption probe at the institution.
Pinnock has gone on six weeks leave to allow various investigations by the Financial Investigations Division, the police and the Auditor General's Department into transactions linked to sacked Education Minister Ruel Reid.
According to the statement from Ajagunna who is also the vice-president of Academic and Student Affairs, “The university's brand remains strong on campus and beyond, and I am committed to providing leadership to this remarkable institution.”
“Over the last five years, the university has increased its enrolment numbers by 15 per cent each year — becoming the fastest growing university in the Caribbean,” he added.
Professor Ajagunna, who has been at the institution since 2006, said the increase in enrolment speaks to CMU's position as the university of choice in maritime education and training for Jamaicans, as well as other Caribbean nationals.
In the meantime, Minister with oversight for Education Karl Samuda has said he expects the board of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) to conduct a comprehensive management review of the scandal plagued institution.
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