“Endowed with limitless potential, you are required to learn competencies and skills, develop ingenuity and hone your creativity to positively contribute and shape the future of our continent.” These were the words that Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa welcomed the August 2019 Matriculating class with on Friday the 16th of August 2019 at the university’s main campus in Mutare. This year, over 500 students from 28 African countries were formally welcomed into the institutions’ vibrant and diverse student community taking an oath to live by a code of conduct of discipline, respect, tolerance and the pursuit of academic excellence.
Prof. Furusa went on to inform the students in attendance of the importance of exploration and curiosity in their academic journey saying, “You will find your voice and build confidence in your time here with us. You will build life- long friendships with your fellow students from across Africa. Be sure to maintain and nurture these as the pathways to further enlightenment and your personal development. As Africa University we are committed to offering you an engaging, stimulating and world class student experience. You must know that the world has become more interconnected, volatile and unpredictable. As such, you should prepare for your life and future responsibility of building our continent. Yours is a generation that is poised to live to 100 years. Be prepared for that future.” The VC encouraged the students to hone their raw competencies and skills, embrace ingenuity and engage in intellectual debate of Africa’s position globally.
Student Representative Council President Mr. Shadeen Travers welcomed the freshman class assuring them that they had indeed made the right decision in choosing to come to Africa University. He went on to advise them of the need to dive into the experience presented to them as their matriculation marks the beginning of the crafting of their legacy and body of work. He said, “In as much as you expect a lot from Africa University, know that a lot is equally expected from you by the institution, your families and your nations. It is a privilege and honour to become one of us and it is our mandate to create a better continent.”
Following the ceremony, the university hosted a welcome interactive session with the Vice Chancellor, members of the Executive Cabinet and staff to share ideas and comingle in an informal setting where critical discussions around the institutions’ development, research, mission and values could be shared. It was also an avenue through which the incoming students could relay to the institution their expectations and how the university can help them achieve their potential.
Undoubtedly the 16th of August proved to be a memorable occasion of camaraderie and Ubuntu as a new chapter is begun for our future leaders of Africa.