MUTARE, ZIMBABWE: The Africa University community is set to graduate its largest cohort to date at this Saturday’s 29th graduation ceremony that will take place at 09:00hrs CAT in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Over 950 graduands from across the university’s three colleges are set to receive top academic honours and distinctions with this cohort also hosting the largest number of female graduands at over 60%.
The university’s 2nd group of PhD students will also receive their certificates , this time from the College of Business Peace, Leadership and Governance (CBPLG) with the PhD in Peace and Governance. This shall be the first PhD group graduating from the CBPLG. The College of Health, Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CHANS) will also graduate 1 DPhil in Public Health. The CHANS graduated 3 DPhil graduands in 2022 who Were the university’s first ever cohort of doctoral candidates.
As ever, the class of 2023 is brimming with the diversity that AU has become renowned for on the continent with 19 nationalities represented including Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Guest of Honor and keynote speaker of the event is Professor Theresa Nkuo- Akenji , the current Board Chairperson of The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) , appointed in December 2021 .She is also the Vice Chancellor of The University of Bamenda Bambili, North West Province, Cameroon and the first Vice-President of the Association of African Universities Governing Board .