MInister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi has called for more innovation and creativity on both the part of educators as well as the graduates saying that the two elements are virtues necessary for the country’s development.
He was speaking at the eighth Aga Khan University Convocation ceremony held in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. At the event, 54 graduates from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda from the fields of Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of education conferred their honourary degrees.
“The ability to reap the benefit from these opportunities is contingent only on your own willingness to invest time and energy in building civil society institutions and leveraging with the private sector…” Dr Mwinyi cautioned and advised the graduates.
Dr Mwinyi emphasised that the students think beyond their own personal needs and tend to a bigger course social and economic development of the nation by realising that their success is embedded in the success of the community and the country.
“The spirit that has inspired your achievement illustrates your dynamism, vitality and enthusiasms…continue with the same spirit …” he urged.
He then applauded the University for what he referred to as ‘progressive improvement of quality of healthcare’ which he attributed to their commitment to developing human capital particularly by the increasing the number of qualified nurses and specialist doctors to the country’s health workforce.
Aga Khan University’s President Firoz Rasul referred to the graduates as ambassadors and charged with professional competence from their capacity to solve problems through critical thinking and training. He praised the graduates for their hard work, diligent effort and meritorious performance.