Africa University Marks 28th Commencement

Source: United Methodist News

Last month, Africa University celebrated its 28th graduation ceremony.

During commencement exercises held at the main campus in Mutare conducted on June 11, 712 graduates from 18 African countries received degrees. These countries were:  Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

The event’s theme was “Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence and Leadership Transformation in Africa.” One of the ceremony’s highlights was the matriculation of the university’s first doctoral cohort of three students who received a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health degrees: Chipo Chimamise, Tichaona Goto and Ronnie Matambo.

Vice chancellor and professor, the Rev. Peter Mageto said:

We are proud to report that we are in the final stages of clearance for the Bachelor of Law and the Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Food Security and Development, set to begin in August 2022, as we contribute toward the global effort of ensuring food security.

In responding to global needs and positioning Africa University as an innovation hub,” he continued, “we are strengthening our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines by establishing a School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We are ready to unlock the untapped potential of our youth across the continent.

Additionally, Mageto shared that the university in partnership with the East Ohio Women’s Hostel will be providing additional accommodations for female students allowing the school to increase enrollment.

Dr. Amon Murwira, the minister of higher and tertiary education, innovation, science and technology development, said “It is the quest to restore dignity to African peoples that gives Africa University such importance and value. Correct educational designs are critical in this effort.”

“To inspire leadership transformation on the continent and the direction it will take lies in understanding its history: from freedom to domination through colonialism, to the struggle for liberation, and now the journey toward economic freedom of the continent…We cannot use the colonial design for the emancipation of the continent or its transformation,” he added.

The event’s commencement speaker was Dr. Shingai Mutasa. During his address he discussed lessons from history, individual purpose, and the collective responsibility of Africans to develop and further the aspirations of the continent.

“I am an African,” Mutasa said. “Let me tell you what this means to me. In the book of Genesis, after God had finished creating the world, he instructed humans as follows: ‘You have custodianship of the land. You must look after this world and its resources. You must nurture each other and multiply.’

“I was blessed by God to have custodianship of this continent, and I fully embrace this responsibility. As an African, I fully accept the legacy of the past, as well as the responsibility for the present and the future. The success or failure of our continent is determined by our actions. Its future is also our responsibility.”

Source: United Methodist News