Vice Chancellor officially welcomes first years to Africa UniversityVice Chancellor Prof. Furusa engages first year students.
15 September 2018
On the 15th of September 2018 Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa officially welcomed the university’s over 500 first year students enrolled in conventional programmes in the August 2018 intake. Also in attendance were senior university officers including the Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Mageto, the Registrar Mr. Njonga as well as staff members from across the university who were keen to interact with the students in an unfiltered, open and impactful manner that would build relationships beyond the classroom.
The interactive events have become a mainstay and much anticipated event within the university calendar. Prof. Furusa made it a point to discuss openly with the students he met the expectations that being a student of Africa University comes with saying,
“When you are a student of Africa University you need to have a complete shift in mind set where your level of thinking reflects that of a world class institution. View yourselves as world class students and let that show in your grades, your demeanour and in how you carry yourself always. You are now part of a generation of excellence and we have our alumni serving in strategic leadership positions in the corporate, non-governmental and government sectors.”
The students learnt first-hand from the university administration the vast infrastructural upgrades that are in progress across the campus that include the complete refurbishment of the B- Block women’s hostels, the sports fields as well as the efforts to enhance the student experience through the acquisition of 2 state of the art buses that will ferry students to the nearby city of Mutare as well as trips and outreach programmes that will build the students and the surrounding community.
While interacting with students from all disciplines , Prof. Furusa shared the vision and thrust of development on the African continent towards innovation and production of life- changing technologies. He said,
“You cannot say that you have studied Computer Science without developing applications, programming and coding. Similarly, you cannot call yourself a crop geneticist without developing reengineered crops that are capable of withstanding the changing global weather patterns that are seeing Africa being the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. I am challenging you to become that graduate that solves problems.”
Prof. Furusa encouraged the students to leverage the international nature of the campus in ensuring that they do not leave Africa University without having learnt a language from another country or seizing one of the myriad of fantastic opportunities for regional and international exposure. He said that the greatest gift that Africa University imparts is the ability of cross cultural competence and sensitivity which is a skill that is highly sought after globally.
A first year student from the Institute of Theology made an inquiry into the role of religion across disciplines. The Vice Chancellor replied,
“I see religion and issues of faith penetrating all sectors and fields of education and development. Matters relating to ethics, discipline and accountability are cross –cutting and the backbone of visionary and competent leadership.”
Students and staff were treated to a braai (a tradition at many social gatherings especially across Southern Africa similar to barbeques) where they were able to fellowship and enjoy each other’s company. Alumnus and popular gospel musician Mudiwa “Hood” delivered a scintillating evening performance at a gospel concert sponsored by Africa University Partners Steward Bank bring an end to an eventful and undoubtedly memorable day.