NDC to get univer­sity sta­tus

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bureau

EF­FORTS to trans­form the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege (NDC) into a fully fledged na­tional univer­sity have gath­ered mo­men­tum, with its fourth grad­u­a­tion yes­ter­day likely to be the last be­fore the in­sti­tu­tion is com­mis­sioned as an in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has said.

Ad­dress­ing 33 grad­u­ates who at­tended the Na­tional De­fence Course No 04/2015, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said once the leg­isla­tive pro­cesses are con­cluded, the NDC would be­come a fully fledged univer­sity.

The NDC is an af­fil­i­ate of the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe, which is the old­est and one of the highly es­teemed aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

“It gives me great plea­sure to warmly wel­come you all to the fourth Na­tional De­fence Col­lege grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, prob­a­bly one be­fore the col­lege at­tains univer­sity sta­tus,” Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said.

“The col­lege’s af­fil­i­a­tion to the UZ has en­abled our old­est and most ex­pe­ri­enced univer­sity to re­lease its highly qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced lec­tur­ers to teach at the NDC.

“At the same time, UZ has availed its li­brary fa­cil­i­ties to the De­fence Col­lege stu­dents and staff. No doubt, the col­lege greatly ben­e­fited from its part­ner­ship with UZ and will al­ways be grate­ful.

“It has, how­ever, ac­tive plans to trans­form it­self into a Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity.

“Once the leg­isla­tive pro­cesses have been con­cluded, the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege will be­come a fully fledged univer­sity.”

Among the grad­u­ates were five fe­males drawn from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army, Air Force of Zim­babwe and the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net.

The Na­tional De­fence Course No 4/15 was also at­tended by se­nior se­cu­rity of­fi­cers from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tan­za­nia and Nige­ria.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe de­scribed the course as com­pre­hen­sive as it in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions from se­nior Govern­ment of­fi­cials, cap­tains of in­dus­try and sev­eral study tours at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

“Par­tic­i­pants re­ceived high pow­ered lec­tures from Cab­i­net Min­is­ters of Health and Child Care, Youth De­vel­op­ment, Indi­geni­sa­tion and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment and Lands and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment as well as from Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral,” said the Pres­i­dent.

“As an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of the first term’s work, par­tic­i­pants vis­ited Govern­ment depart­ments that con­trib­ute to na­tional se­cu­rity. Within Harare, stu­dents went to the Harare In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, the Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe and the Zim­babwe In­vest­ment Cen­tre.”

Dur­ing the sec­ond term, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said, the stu­dents had lec­tures from Govern­ment Min­is­ters as well as from am­bas­sadors of China, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo and Iran, coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion and Com­mis­sioner for Peace and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the African Union, Am­bas­sador Smail Cherqui, among oth­ers.

He said one of the high pro­file lec­tures dur­ing the course was de­liv­ered by for­mer Tan­za­nian pres­i­dent Dr Ben­jamin Mkapa.

“Dr Mkapa’s most pow­er­ful and wise talk un­der­scored the need for ev­ery stu­dent to ex­er­cise self­dis­ci­pline and com­mit­ment to duty,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“He (Dr Mkapa) in­vited stu­dents to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the ex­em­plary lead­er­ship in the mode of Pres­i­dent Mwal­imu Julius Ny­erere and Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

“To fur­ther en­rich the course con­tent, in the third term, 16 em­i­nent aca­demics, pro­fes­sion­als, tech­nocrats, Govern­ment min­is­ters and ser­vice chiefs ad­dressed stu­dents on var­i­ous na­tional se­cu­rity re­lated sub­jects.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said his two deputies Vice Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko also ad­dressed the stu­dents.

The Na­tional De­fence Course is at­tended by se­nior of­fi­cials from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army, Air Force of Zim­babwe and the Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices, Pres­i­dent’s depart­ment and se­nior of­fi­cials from other sec­tors to sharpen their skills in de­fence and na­tional se­cu­rity strat­egy for­mu­la­tion.

Yes­ter­day’s grad­u­a­tion was also at­tended by VP Mnan­gagwa, ser­vice chiefs and sev­eral Cab­i­net min­is­ters.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe poses for a pic­ture at the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege yes­ter­day flanked by (from left to right) Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, De­fence Min­is­ter Dr Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, Na­tional De­fence Col­lege Com­man­dant Air Vice Mar­shal Michael Tedzani Moyo and Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Com­man­der Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga. Pic­ture by Be­lieve Nyakud­jara

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo

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