Africa University Prepares to Celebrate Milestone 30th Graduation Ceremony with Former President of the Republic of Mozambique H.E. Joaquim Chissano as Keynote Speaker

Africa University proudly announces its 30th Graduation Ceremony, scheduled to take place on the 8th of June 2024 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This significant milestone marks another year of academic excellence and achievement at one of Africa’s premier institutions of higher learning. 

With a total of 569 graduands set to receive their degrees, this ceremony symbolizes the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Among the graduating class, a noteworthy 57.5% are female students, reflecting Africa University’s commitment to gender equality and empowerment.

The graduating cohort comprises 417 undergraduate students, 149 graduate students, and 3 recipients of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/PhD) degrees, representing a diverse range of academic disciplines and fields of study.

One of the hallmarks of Africa University is its global perspective, evident in the presence of 113 international students among this year’s graduating class. This international diversity is further highlighted by the representation of 22 nationalities (Angola, Lesotho, Burundi , Cameroon, DRC, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast,  Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Eswatini, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), underscoring the university’s role as a melting pot of cultures, ideas, and perspectives.

In a momentous occasion, Africa University is honored to announce that the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker for the 30th Graduation Ceremony will be His Excellency Joaquim Chissano. His presence adds a distinguished touch to the event and underscores the university’s commitment to fostering dialogue and leadership development across the continent.

The graduation ceremony will not only be a moment of celebration but also a testament to Africa University’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and inclusivity.

More about the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker:

Former President of the Republic of Mozambique and current President of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation, H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano, is a towering figure in African politics and humanitarian efforts.

Born in 1939 in Mozambique, Chissano’s political journey began as a young activist in the fight against Portuguese colonial rule. Forced to flee to France due to persecution, he became a founding member of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in Tanzania in 1962.

Chissano played a pivotal role in negotiating Mozambique’s independence in 1975 and subsequently served as Minister of Foreign Affairs before assuming the presidency in 1986. His tenure saw significant socio-economic reforms and the resolution of a 16-year civil war through successful negotiations with former rebels.

Beyond his presidency, Chissano’s influence extended regionally and globally. He chaired the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union and held various diplomatic roles, including UN Special Envoy and Mediator for Madagascar.

Currently, as Chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation, he focuses on peace promotion, social and economic development, and culture. Chissano’s dedication to global causes is evident through his involvement with organizations like the Peace Parks Foundation, Club of Madrid, and The Hunger Project.

Recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, Chissano continues to be a leading voice for progress and cooperation in Africa and beyond.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jeanette Dadzie
Director of Advancement and Public Affairs
Email: dapa@africau.edu 

About Africa University:
Africa University is a leading institution of higher education located in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Established in 1992, the university is dedicated to providing quality education, fostering research and innovation, and nurturing future leaders who will contribute to the development and advancement of Africa and the world. With a diverse student body and faculty, Africa University is recognized for its academic excellence, global perspective, and commitment to social responsibility.