25 November 2012

Tanzania: Graduates Reminded Shortcut in Life Dangerous

GRADUATES at the Ardhi University (ARU) have been urged to exercise endurance in their quest for better life and avoid getting wealth through shortcuts that involve corruption and embezzlement of public funds.

The Chair of the ARU Governing Council, Ms Thabitha Siwale, made the remarks in her speech during the 6th graduation ceremony of ARU held in Dar es Salaam.

"I urge you to become good ambassadors of ARU by being patient and honest in your occupations and these would make you realize permanent success in life," Ms Siwale, a long-serving and retired civil servant, told the graduates.

She also urged them to use the knowledge they attained during their course of studies for their betterment and of the population as a whole. Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of ARU, Prof Indrissa Mshoro, highlighted a number of challenges facing the varsity such as shortage of lecture halls, studios, laboratories as well as workshops and hostels for students.

"We are also facing a challenge of limited funds for running of the varsity against the increasing number of students being admitted each year," Prof Mshoro said. During the graduation ceremony yesterday, a total of 538 students received certificates after graduating with diplomas, undergraduate bachelors, Masters Degrees and one PhD in various fields.

Meanwhile, a total of 107 students of ARU were on Friday 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 receiving 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," he said.

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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