Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Monday inaugurated new offices for the Vice-Chancellor of the Eduardo Mondlane University, the oldest university in the country.
The new offices are located on the main university campus, replacing the previous offices that were located near Maputo port, several kilometres from the campus. They are part of a drive to provide the UEM with modern infrastructures.
"It is a motive of great joy for me to chair this ceremony which adds another brick to the consolidation of higher education in Mozambique, in order to guarantee its growing effectiveness, equilibrium and sustainability", said Guebuza. "The construction, rehabilitation and equipping of university educational and management infrastructures are fundamental in this exercise".
The President stressed the role that students can play in poverty reduction. "The transformation of mentalities is intended to lead our students to believe that it will be with their valuable contribution that we shall continue to overcome poverty and will one day relegate it to history", he said.
"This transformation", added Guebuza, "is also intended to awaken the self-esteem of our graduates so that they do not train only to be employed, but also to be employers".
For his part, Education Minister Augusto Jone told reporters that the government is concerned about the quality of education at all levels, and will continue to ensure that buildings such as the one now inaugurated will favour a learning environment, and boost the dignity of students so that they can compete on a footing of equality with graduates of universities from all over the world.
The new building was financed by loans from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), as well as a contribution from the Mozambican state budget.