Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

10 December 2012

Tanzania: Mzumbe Graduates Urged to Serve Nation

MZUMBE University graduates have been challenged to use education they have acquired for the benefit of their society and nation at large.

The challenge was given here during the University's 11th graduation ceremony held at the varsity's main campus in Morogoro town where various graduates were conferred with diplomas and degrees by the varsity's Chancellor, Judge (Rt), Barnabas Samatta, over the weekend. Mzumbe University Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Kuzilwa said the graduates should now be leaders in their societies and workplaces.

"You should prove that you are ready to tackle and solve problems out there and help your nation," he told the graduates. He praised them for performing well in their studies and pressed an emphasis to women graduates who he said also did well in their academic endeavours.

However, he said the varsity was operating under challenging environment where there are few classes, hostels, and offices. He requested the government and other stakeholders to continue extending a helping hand to the academic institution so that they can be able to register more students and employ more lecturers and meet their institutional objectives.

"We request the government and other development stakeholders to continue helping us," he said. On his part, the Chairman of the University Council, Prof. Daniel Mkude, said the university has continued to offer various programmes including education so as to help solve the problem of few teachers at secondary and teachers colleges in the country.

He called upon graduates to have good morals and do away with vices such as corruption, prostitution, killing of innocent people like albinos and elders.

"Have good morals and avoid contracting HIV/ AIDS," he said. One of the graduates, the Tanzania Ambassador to Belgium, Diodorus Kamala, who was conferred a Doctorate degree, said Tanzanian youths should strive to get education for their benefit and for their country's development.

"People especially youths should learn to utilize their time well and excel in education," he said. He noted that in the current globalised world, education is an asset which can be used to compete wherever one goes in the world. Of all the graduates, 716 got certificates, 94 diplomas, 1,143 Bachelor degrees,1,515 were conferred with Master Degrees while two including Ambassador Kamala were conferred with doctorate degrees.

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