OVER 900 students have qualified to be conferred with diplomas and degrees and the private learning institution has recorded the first cohort of candidates who obtained the Public Administration degree, says Zambia Open University (ZAOU) acting Vice- Chancellor Olusegun Yerokun.
Prof. Yerokun said yesterday at the ( ZAOU) eighth graduation ceremony which was held at Lusaka’s Olympic Youth Development Centre ( OYDC ) that 996 students had graduated in various fields and that he was delighted with the record in as far as opportunities to both females and males was concerned.
He said that this was in line with the ZAOU strategic plan for 2016 to 2019 which is aimed at providing equal access to quality higher education to both gender.
“I am happy to report to you that this year a total of 996 candidates have qualified to be conferred with diplomas and various degrees of the university. Among these we have seven candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, 58 candidates for Masters Degrees.
Bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to 910 candidates, and 21 have qualified for diplomas.
Sir, of the 2016 graduating cohort, 54 percent are female while 46 percent are male. We are particularly, proud of our record in as far as opportunities to both females and males are concerned,” he said.
Prof. Yerokun expressed confidence that ZAOU would continue to make positive strides as tertiary education was increasing becoming competitive but that through increased attractive academic programmes on offer as well as the expertise of management and board of directors that would help grow the institution.
He explained that the university had strong foundations to successfully implement its strategic plan for transforming ZAOU into an excellent university which was deeply engaged and made demonstrable contributions to the development of the country and the region.
“As a university, we believe that we must continue to make positive strides because the education sector is an increasing competitive environment, in our country today.
Having been the first private university in the country, we should know it. After all since our establishment in 2004, we have seen many more private and public universities open their doors, and we are all drawing students from the same small market,” he said.
The event was graced by Former Republican President Rupiah Banda and the wife Thandiwe, Dr Brian Chituwo, Mwansa Mbulakulima, Dr Patrick Machungwa and Roland Chitotola who was part of the graduates.