Thabo Mbeki at Mlimani City graduation today

12Nov 2016
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Thabo Mbeki at Mlimani City graduation today

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is today expected to grace the 46th University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) graduation ceremony to be held at the Mlimani City conference centre.

Thabo Mbeki

During the event, the UDSM Chancellor Dr Jakaya Kikwete will decorate Mbeki with a Doctor of Letters (LL-D) Honoris Causa due to his big contribution in the fight for rights of the people and African Unity, along with investing his efforts in addressing various conflicts in Africa.

Briefing reporters yesterday in Dar es Salaam, UDSM Vice Chancellor Prof Rwekaza Mukandala said the number of graduates have been increasing annually, thus giving the nation a variety of skilled and informed young people to concur for the country’s needs.

In this year’s graduation ceremony, about 6,717 graduates are expected to be conferred various certificates, diplomas, first and second degrees as well as a cluster of doctorates.

About 61 graduates are slated to receive PhDs, while 627 obtain the Master’s degree, 59 lined up for the Postgraduate Diploma and 5,968 conferred with Bachelor’s degree certificates.

Before the graduation event starts, a special event will be held to see the former president being officially installed as Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, the VC noted, urging the various higher learning stakeholders to attend the special graduation ceremony.

Prof Florence Luoga, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) said that the institution was geared to come up with a new system that will enable more courses be taught in Kiswahili “to make it easier for the students to understand them deeply.”

“Our aim is to ensure that we promote Kiswahili as a national language in our institution as well as to enable students to be more comfortable and easily understand what is being taught in lectures,” he elaborated.

UDSM will continue improving its curricular from time to time to ensure that it produces competent graduates who meet market expectations, the don intoned.