Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday challenged graduates from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Lurio University (UniLurio) to act as “stars of peace”, accepting peace as a fundamental condition for applying the knowledge acquired during their training.
Guebuza made this appeal at the graduation ceremony for the first 37 students to complete the forestry engineering and rural development courses at the faculty, which is based in Unango, in the northern province of Niassa.
He stressed that peace is fundamental for the development of the country and for achieving the goals of the national anti-poverty agenda. “In the places where you will be stationed, you should promote peace within yourselves and with other citizens”, he urged.
The future of the new graduates is in their own hands, said Guebuza, and the country expected each of them to make the best use of what they had learnt. They should have the capacity to overcome constantly the obstacles they encountered in the tasks with which they were entrusted.
“Our expectation is that you will know how to transmit your knowledge and experience to other citizens”, he said.
The Mozambican people also expected them to contribute towards meeting “the challenges of transforming our natural potential into wealth”.
Guebuza also formally inaugurated the Unango university campus. This, he said, was an important step towards realizing a dream of the country's first president, Samora Machel, who had wanted to see Unango transformed into a city.
“Forestry engineering and rural development are two areas of key importance for the development of Mozambique”, he said, stressing that the government remains committed to expanding high education and to improving its quality.
Guebuza added that the government is committed to mobilizing resources for both public and private institutions of higher education.
Set up in 2006, UniLúrio has faculties in the three northern provinces of Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado, but takes students from all over the country.
The Friday ceremony brings the number of students who have graduated from Unilurio to 146. The other 109 graduated in biological sciences and computer engineering in Cabo Delgado, and in pharmacy, dentistry, nutrition and optometry in Nampula.