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Vice Chancellor Speech at the 3rd Graduation Ceremony 26 October 2017

THE SPEECH

BY

THE VICE CHANCELLOR

GERTRUDE MWANGALA AKAPELWA,

Ed.D (ABT), MPA, B.SC.

AT THE THIRD GRADUATION CEREMONY

OF

THE VICTORIA FALLS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

(VFU)

IN LIVINGSTONE

ON

27th OCTOBER 2017

 

  1. THE PERMANENT SECRETARY, SOUTHERN PROVINCE MR. SIBANZE SIMUCHOBA
  2. HIS WORSHIP, THE MAYOR
  3. THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER
  4. THE TOWN CLERK
  5. THE CHANCELLOR
  6. THE MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY BOARD
  7. VICE CHANCELLORS FROM OTHER UNIVERSITIES PRESENT
  8. ALL DEANS OF SCHOOLS
  9. ALL HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AND PARASTATALS
  10. CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY
  11. ALL REPRESENTATIVES FROM TEACHERS UNIONS
  12. MEMBERS FROM POLITICAL PARTIES
  13. MEMBERS OF THE PRESS
  14. ALL INVITED GUESTS
  15. ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS
  16. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

 

When I recall the humble beginnings of the Victoria Falls University of Technology, with 12 students, at its founding in 2010, I cannot help but be filled with humility and gratitude. Gratitude because of the confidence shown in our University by your presence at this 3rd Graduation Ceremony as well as at the two previous ceremonies of the Victoria Falls University of Technology.

Once more, on behalf of the Victoria Falls University of Technology University Board, the University Management, Faculty, other support staff, graduating and continuing, students and on my own behalf, I wish to welcome you all to this 3rd Graduation Ceremony.

This Graduation is held under the theme Knowledge and Innovation to launch Zambian Millennials into Industrialisation. This is very appropriate at this moment because Zambia’s Vision 2030 and our Nation’s 7th National Development Plan have put strategic focus on  Education and Human Development.  Close to 46.7% of the affected are our country’s population born in the 21st century and referred to as millennials. Our University strategies should focus on the learning needs of this group to ensure our nation’s development and growth.

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Allow me to extend a few words of thanks to our Guest speaker who accepted to grace this occasion despite the demands of the high Government offices. Your presence here Sir, makes our University’s efforts of educating and grooming our young men and women into professional Zambians feel worthwhile. Our objective is to impart high quality higher education that will have a high impact on Zambia’s transformational agenda. Thank you for coming to be our Guest of Honour.

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Permit me to recognize the Distinguished Vice Chancellors of other Universities, who travelled to come and give us their support. To the Representatives of other Universities who travelled from outside Livingstone to come and encourage us, we thank you for your support . Please accept our welcome and appreciation of your presence here. We now know that we have brother/sister institutions we can run to for advice and guidance.

Captains of industry, and all the distinguished guests who have left their busy offices to come and support us during our 3rd Graduation Ceremony, I wish to greet you and thank you for your support and for being with us today. My welcome is also extended to all our families and sponsors of our students who have come to support us. Without you we would not be able to achieve what we have embarked upon, that of developing human capital in our nation.

 

 

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Allow me to update you on the major strategic developments our University has achieved since our last Graduation ceremony.

The first achievement is in the area infrastructure development for our University. The Victoria Falls University of Technology, the first Livingstone founded University’s, grand master plan for the development of the University of the future and Centre of knowledge and innovation, has been completed by a reputable architect, and will soon be submitted for approval.

The second achievement is in the area of financing its growth. As mentioned during the last Graduation ceremony, our University is operating as an entrepreneurial university, that is, it generates revenue to finance its primary mandate. To this end it has signed a Special Project Vehicle with a South African Company to generate renewable energy. This will in turn finance the soon to be established University’s School of Energy and Environment.

The third achievement is in the area of our staff and student development. The VFU negotiated and signed an Agreement with a European Union Erasmus programme sponsorship for permitting Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility with our European partner universities.

With these three developments the university is on the right track to implement the indicated strategies of the plan.

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

The 2015 Pricewaterhouse Coopers report on the World in 2050, states that all those countries showing economic growth such as China, India, Nigeria and others

require remaining open to the free flow of technology, ideas and talented people that are key drivers of economic catch-up growth.”

Our University, your University wants to play a large role in making Zambia counted among the fastest growing economies in the world.

We are appealing to you all our leaders, our partners and stakeholders to support us to realise our Nation’s dream.

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Allow me to address the young Zambians graduating today.

My dear young ladies and gentlemen, we are extremely proud of your success today and that is why we are here. All I want to say is, the universe is your limit. Aspire loftily and the Almighty God will walk with you. It is only when you the youth have extraordinary ambitions, in honesty that Zambia will be a country to be reckoned with, in all aspects. I wish you success in all your honest endeavours. Congratulations to all of you!

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

To my colleagues, the Faculty and Staff of the VFU, we owe all these successes to your hard work, professionalism and dedication.  Being pioneers in a young self-financing university is not for the feeble minded; it is for brave men and women who are focused. My work is made lighter because we are lifting the burden and the responsibility to shape the future together. Thank you to each and every one of you.

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

To the VFU continuing students, soon it will be your  turn as  focused, dedicated and hard working students to graduate. I am looking forward to your own graduation soon. Thank you for your maturity and support to your faculty and University management.

Allow me to thank the Media for their contribution to our success. Thank you too, to the organisers of our graduation ceremony for their professionalism and dedication to making this occasion a success.

 

It is now my honour to invite the Victoria Falls University of Technology Chancellor, Professor Clive Chirwa, to give His Keynote speech.  The Chancellor Sir.

Thank you all for listening

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