Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

24 November 2012

Tanzania: Ardhi Students Recognised for Hard Work

A TOTAL of 107 students of the Ardhi University (ARU) were awarded certificates and other various awards after excelling in various academic courses.

At a colourful academic prize awarding ceremony graced by ARU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Idrissa Mshoro, some of the brilliant students received between two and nine certificates. The annual event is meant to honour and recognise achievements of students and serves to encourage them to perform even better.

ARU today is set to hold a graduation ceremony. Speaking during the occasion, the ARU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Prof Mengiseny Kaseva, said the performance of female students in various programmes was better than that of their male colleagues.

"This defeats the notion that female students cannot compete with their male counterparts in science and engineering related fields of study. It is worth noting that 51.4 per cent of students who will be receive awards today are female," Prof Kaseva said.

He reminded the students that the awards reinforce the importance of a holistic education, urging them to shift mindsets towards recognising that education is not just about academic achievements but also about character, leadership and service to the community.

"We at the university recognise that the real world is highly unpredictable and challengeable and thus academic honours alone will not be enough to prepare our students for the challenges in an increasingly uncertain world. "It is important therefore to promote an all-round good students' character in order to develop heart, mind and spirit to face the reality in the changing world," Prof Kaseva told students during the occasion.

He noted further that future professionals are expected to be technically skilful, broadly knowledgeable about world markets and professionally flexible and mobile especially now within the East African Community (EAC). Students who were awarded with prizes included 20 from the department of Real Estates studies, 15 from the department of geospatial sciences and technology in addition to 18 students from department of construction economics.

The department of Environmental Science and Technology had 25 students while 15 students from the department of Urban and Regional Planning as well as 14 from the department of architecture and design were also awarded. A student of Geospatial Sciences and Technology, Mr Joseph Maziku, a fourth year finalist, emerged the overall winner and was awarded an equipment known as "total station" worth about 16m/-.

A total station is an electronic instrument used in modern surveying. It is an electronic transit integrated with an electronic distance meter (EDM) to read slope distances from the instrument to a particular point.

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