Pres­i­dent caps 2 078 at Great Zim

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - From Ge­orge Maponga in Masvingo

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day capped 2 078 grad­uands at the 10th Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held at the univer­sity’s sports arena in Masvingo.

Those who were awarded de­grees and cer­tifi­cates at the colour­ful cer­e­mony were drawn from the fac­ul­ties of Arts and Hu­man­i­ties, Cul­ture and Her­itage Stud­ies, Com­merce, Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Sci­ences, Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial Sci­ences.

The grad­uands com­prised 1 450 who suc­cess­fully com­pleted un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies and 622 who were in the post-grad­u­ate cat­e­gory.

Out of those who were capped by the Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity Chan­cel­lor yes­ter­day, 49,5 per­cent of them were fe­male.

The to­tal num­ber of grad­uands this year rep­re­sented an 82 per­cent in­crease from the 1 916 who were capped by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe at the in­sti­tu­tion last year.

Among those who grad­u­ated, 21 were awarded first class de­grees across the var­i­ous fac­ul­ties.

Be­fore grad­u­a­tion pro­ceed­ings started the con­gre­ga­tion led by Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity Vice Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Rungano Zvobgo ob­served a minute of si­lence in mem­ory of the late for­mer Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Sa­muel Mum­bengegwi who died this year.

He was a se­nior lec­turer at the univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion. In his ad­dress, Pro­fes­sor Zvobgo said the in­sti­tu­tion con­tin­ued to grow.

The univer­sity started with 4 000 stu­dents in 2012 but en­rol­ment now stands at 15 000.

He said GZU con­tin­ued to ex­cel in the aca­demic arena as ev­i­denced by the num­ber of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades won by stu­dents at the in­sti­tu­tion’s Her­bert Chitepo School of Law.

“The devel­op­ment projects at the univer­sity have made it very at­trac­tive na­tion­ally and re­gion­ally and this year our en­rol­ment stands at 15 000, a quar­ter of these are out on work re­lated learn­ing across the coun­try and in the re­gion. Of those in the re­gion, 77 are Namib­ian stu­dents cur­rently do­ing teach­ing prac­tice in their home coun­try,’’ said Pro­fes­sor Zvobgo.

‘’Our Moot Law Team from the Her­bert Chitepo Law School has brought mar­vel upon mar­vel. In March this year the team was in­vited to the An­nual In­ter­na­tional Me­di­a­tion Tour­na­ment held at the Chicago Law School of Loy­ola Univer­sity in the USA where they came a cred­i­ble fourth out of 51 teams from across the globe. A lit­tle later, in July, the same team came fourth out of 25 com­pet­ing world Law Schools at the pres­ti­gious Nel­son Man­dela World Hu­man Rights Moot Com­pe­ti­tion which was held at the Palais des Na­tions in Geneva, Switzer­land.’’

Pro­fes­sor Zvobgo said it was wor­ry­ing that en­rol­ment of fe­males was de­clin­ing at the univer­sity.

He at­trib­uted the sit­u­a­tion to the cur­rent harsh eco­nomic en­v­iorn­ment.

The in­sti­tu­tion also lost many of its stu­dents in a very short space of time ow­ing to road car­nage.

The VC said as part of its con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try’s eco­nomic blue­print Zim-As­set, the univer­sity, through the Gary Ma­gadzire School of Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Sci­ences, was tak­ing an ac­tive role to boost sugar cane pro­duc­tion by re­set­tled farm­ers in the Lowveld through an ini­tia­tive dubbed ‘’green­belt.’’

The in­au­gu­ral group of Lowveld sugar cane farm­ers un­der­go­ing the train­ing led by Re­tired Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ed­more Veterai was shown to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Pro­fes­sor Zvobgo said the univer­sity was wait­ing for land promised to set up a re­search sta­tion in the arid Chivi district with em­pha­sis on live­stock that thrive in dry re­gions, like don­keys, as well as small grains.

The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was at­tended by top Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Tech­nol­ogy and Sci­ence Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa, Psy­chomo­tor Ac­tiv­i­ties Min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Josaya Hungwe, Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Shu­vai Ma­hofa, Chiefs Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Chief For­tune Charumbira and em­i­nent mem­bers of the academia.

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