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Address by Vice-Chancellor to the 40th Convocation for the award of Certificates , Diplomas and the Conferment of Degrees

YOURMAJESTYANDCHANCELLOR

THERIGHTHONOURABLETHEPRIMEMINISTER HONOURABLE  PRESIDENTOFTHESENATE HONOURABLE  SPEAKEROFTHENATIONAL  ASSEMBLY HONOURABLE  CHIEFJUSTICE

HONOURABLE  DEPUTYPRIMEMINISTER

HONOURABLE  CABINETMINISTERS HONOURABLEJUDGESOFTHEHIGHCOURT

EXCELLENCIES,MEMBERSOFTHEDIPLOMATICCORPSANDHEADS OFINTERNATIONAL  ORGANIZATIONS

CHAIRMANANDMEMBERSOFTHEUNIVERSITYCOUNCIL MEMBERSOFTHEUNIVERSITYSENATE

DISTINGUISHEDGUESTS

DEARGRADUANDS  DIPLOMATES LADIES  ANDGENTLEMEN

 

ITISAGREATHONOURAND  PRIVILAGETOADDRESSYOUATTHIS, THE40TH   CONVOCATION  FORTHEAWARDINGOFCERTIFICATESAND DIPLOMAS,  ANDTHECONFERMENT  OFDEGREESBYTHENATIONAL UNIVERSITYOFLESOTHO.THISCEREMONY  MARKSTHESUCCESSFUL COMPLETION  OFANACADEMIC  JOURNEYTHATOPENSNEWPAGES INTHELIVESOFTHESEGRADUANDSANDDIPLOMATES.

 IAM  ESPECIALLYHUMBLEDTOADDRESSYOUBECAUSETHISISMY FIRSTGRADUATIONCONVOCATIONASTHISINSTITUTION'SVICE­ CHANCELLOR,   AND      ALSO     BECAUSE  THIS     GRADUATION CONVOCATION  FALLSWITHINTHEYEARTHENATIONALUNIVERSITY OFLESOTHOCELEBRATESITS70TH  ANNIVERSARY.  IWISHTOTHANK ALLOFTHESTAFFANDSTUDENTSOFTHEUNIVERSITYFORTHEIR COOPERATION  AND  SUPPORTIN  THESEPASTFEWMONTHSOF SETILINGINTOTHISCHALLENGING  ROLE.WEALLHAVEUSEDTHE

70TH    ANNIVERSARY   OFTHE  FOUNDINGOFTHE  UNIVERSITY  TO REFOCUSOURENERGIES,TOOPENNEWOPPORTUNITIES  ANDTO RE-ESTABLISHTHENETWORKSTHATAREESSENTIALLIFE-LINESFOR THEUNIVERSITYASITFORGESAHEADINTOTHENEWFUTURE.THE FUTURE  FOR   NUL   IS   CERTAINLY  RICH  WITH    UNBOUNDED OPPORTUNITIES.

 

GRADUANDS    AND  DIPLOMATES

ALTHOUGH  TODAYMARKSTHEENDOFAJOURNEY,ITALSOMARKS THEBEGINNINGOFANOTHER.  ASYOUCLOSETHEOLDPAGEAND PREPARETOOPENANEWONE,HEARTYCONGRATULATIONS  FROM MYSLEFANDTHEENTIREUNIVERSITYCOMMUNITY! IWISHIHADAGUIDEBOOKTHATWOULDHELPYOUNAVIGATE YOURWAYTHROUGHTHENEWJOURNEYYOUWILLBEEMBARKING ON.YOUWILLSOON APPRECIATETHATTHEYEARSSPENTINTHE UNIVERSITYWERESOMEOFTHEEASIESTOFYOURLIVES,BECAUSE EVERYTHINGWASMAPPEDOUTFORYOU:HOWMANYCOURSESTO REGISTERFOR,WHENANDWHERETOATIENDCLASSESAND  HOW MANYCREDITSTOEARNTOGETYOU TOTHISPODIUM,ETC.AND WHO   CAN   FORGETTHE   flGENEROSITY"OF   THE   NATIONAL MANPOWERDEVELOPMENT  SECRETARIATWHICHENABLEDMANY OFYOUTOPURSUEYOURSTUDIESINTHERELATIVECOMFORT  OF ANASSUREDFINANCIALSUPPORT!

 

ITMUSTBEAMEASUREOFCOMFORTTHOUGH,THATHOWEVER CHALLENGING  ITMAYBECOMEFROMHEREONWARDS,THEFACT THATYOU  SITHERE,ROBEDTO GRADUATEISEVIDENCE  THAT YOU'VEGOTWHAT  ITTAKESTOSEEYOUTHROUGHTHENEXT CHAPTER.BUTMANYOFYOUAREPROBABLYWONDERING, WHATISNEXT? WHERETO  FROM  HERE?AND  HOW  YOUWOULD  GETTHERE? MAYBE  YOU  ARE  TAUNTED  BY  THE  PREVAILINGECONOMIC CONDITIONS,  THEHIGHUNEMPLOYMENTRATE,ANDTHINKINGOF THOSEWHOWENTTHROUGHTHERITUALOFGRADUATION  BEFORE YOU,ANDWONDERINGWHATHASBECOMEOFTHEM.THESEARE ALLLEGITIMATECONCERNS.

IAMSUREYOUAREFAMILIARWITHTHEADAGETHATKNOWLEDGE ISPOWER.THETRUTHHOWEVERISTHATKNOWLEDGE  ALONEIS NOTPOWER.YOUMAYKNOWHOWTODEVELOPABUSINESSPLAN;KNOWHOW TOCONCOCTAPHARMACEUTICAL  DRUG;KNOWHOWTOIMPROVE ON ACURRICULUM  FORPRIMARYSCHOOLPUPILS;KNOWHOWTO SPEAKFRENCH;KNOWHOWTOARGUEACASEINACOURTOFLAW ORKNOWHOWTO  DEVELOPASOFTWARE  PROGRAMME.WELL, GOODFORYOU.BUTICANTELLYOU NOW,WHATWILLMAKETHE DIFFERENCEWILLBEHOWTHATKNOWLEDGEISAPPLIED.


YOUR  GENERATION    IS   ONE   THAT    IS   PRESENTED  WITH    AN OPPORTUNITY              AMIDST      THE     CHALLENGES    WE     FACE:    AN OPPORTUNITY  TO   REDEFINE  THE   MEANING    OF   BEING  A   NUL GRADUATE.20YEARSAGO,30YEARSAGO,BEINGANULGRADUATE WASATICKETINTOTHECIVILSERVICE.  BUTTHEPLAYINGFIELDHAS DRASTICALLY  CHANGED.NOWTHEMOSTINNOVATIVE  GETTOTAKE CENTRE            STAGE.  AND   THIS  IS  WHY   YOU   HAVE  TO   CHALLENGE YOURSELVESTO  BECREATIVEWITH  THE  KNOWLEDGE  YOU  HAVE ACQUIRED.

ONCEYOUAREAWARDED  YOURCERTIFICATES  AND  DIPLOMAS;  OR CONFERRED  WITHYOURDEGREES;YOUWILLBEABLETOSAY,"IAM ANATIONALUNIVERSITYOFLESOTHO  ALUMNUS. MYHOPEISTHAT YOU  WILL  SAYTHESEWORDS  WITH  PRIDE.I,  MYSELF,SAYTHESE WORDSWITH  MYHEADHELDUPHIGH;"IAM  ANALUMNUS OFTHIS GREAT  UNIVERSITY. IN   FACT,   BOAST  ABOUT   IT BE  LOYAL AMBASSODERS  OF  NUL  WHEREVER  DESTINYWILL  TAKEYOU;  BE INSEPARABLEFROM  YOURALMA   MATER.  ABOVE  ALL,  REPRESENT THEBESTVALUESYOULEARNEDFROMYOURSTUDIES.BEAMORAL CITIZENOFLESOTHOANDTHEWORLD!

 

YOURMAJESTYANDCHANCELLOR DISTINGUISHEDGUESTS

TODAYREPRESENTSTHE  SPRINGBOARD  THATWILLTHRUSTTHESE GRADUANDS  ANDDIPLOMATES  INTOTHENEXTCHAPTEROFTHEIR LIVES.THEYHAVEPAIDTHEIRDUESANDMADEMANYSACRIFICES TOMAKETHISDAYAREALITY.

 

TODAY   WE   CONGRATULATEAND    BID   FAREWELLTO   2110 GRADUANDS,DIPLOMATESANDCERTIFICATE                                            HOLDERS

  • 90  STUDENTSGRADUATE  IN  THE  FACULTYOFSCIENCEAND TECHNOLOGY;
  •  401IN THEFACULTY  OFSOCIALSCIENCES;
  •  74IN THEFACULTY  OFAGRICULTURE;
  •  758GRADUATEINTHEFACULTYOFEDUCATION,INCLUDINGWHOWILLGRADUATEINMASTERDEGREES;
  •  55IN THEFACULTY  OFLAW;
  •  68STUDENTS  INTHEFACULTY  OFHEALTHSCIENCESAND
  •  159IN THEFACULTY  OFHUMANITIES.

 

 

WITHOUT  DOUBTTHESEAREIMPRESSIVESTATISTICS  WHICH  SPEAK TOTHEMAJORROLETHISUNIVERSITYPLAYSINTHEDEVELOPMENT OFTHECOUNTRY'SHUMAN  RESOURCES.

 

EACH  OF  THESE  GRADUANDS   AND   DIPLOMATES  WILL   HAVE  A UNIQUE  ROLETOPLAYINOURSOCIETY;  AND  ITISALSOOURBELIEF THATTHEYWILLBERESPONSIBLE  CITIZENS  WHOAREABLETOSERVE THEIRCOMMUNITIES  CONSCIENTIOUSLY   ANDWITHDILIGENCE.

 

WE   ARE   PROUD   THAT    HISTORICALLY   WE    HAVE    PRODUCED GRADUATES  WHO   HAVE  CONTRIBUTED   SIGNIFICANTLY  TO  THE DEVELOPMENTOFLESOTHO,  THESOUTHERNAFRICANREGION,AND AFRICAATLARGE.THETIME  ISNOW,  FORTHISCOHORTOFMEN AND  WOMEN  TO  MAKETHEIRMARK  AND  CONTRIBUTETOWARDS THEINITIATIVESEARMARKEDFOROURCONTRY'SDEVELOPMENT.

 

WHILE  IKNOW  THAT  THEREALITY ISTHAT  OURLOCALINDUSTRY WILL  NOTHAVETHECAPACITY TOABSORBALLOFTHESE GRADUANDS,  IAM  ALSOCONFIDENTTHAAMONG  THEM  WEHAVE ENTREPRENEURS   WHO  WILL  GOONTOACCOMPLISH  GREATNESS, ADVERSITIES  NOTWITHSTANDING.

 

PUTTOGOODUSEBYSOCIETY  OURGRADUATESAREEMPOWERED TO  JOIN  THE  FORCESOF  PROGRESS  TO  ADDRESSMANY  OFTHE CHALLENGES  OURCOUNTRYFACES:ISSUESSUCHASFOODSECURITY ANDAGRICULTURALLYBASEDRURALDEVELOPMENTPROGRAMMES; BEDER  USEANDMANAGEMENT  OFWATERRESOURCES;  REVERSING ENVIRONMENTAL    DEGRADATION   AND   ADAPTING    TO   CLIMATE CHANGE;     INNOVATIVE   TECHNOLOGY  ADOPTION   TO  GROW  THE MANUFACTURING   SECTORAND  IMPROVE  PRODUCTION  AND  JOB CREATION;  MITIGATING  THE  IMPACT  OFHIVAND  AIDSTHAT  HAS RAVAGED  OUR  PEOPLE;CONTRIBUTING  TO  THE  PROMOTION   OF DEMOCRATIC   GOVERNANCE   AND    EFFECTIVE  INSTITUTIONS;   TO MENTION  BUTAFEW.

 

IMUSTHOWEVERREITERATE  WHAT  ISAIDDURINGMYINAUGURAL ADDRESSEARLIERINTHEYEARTHATTHECHALLENGINGTASKFOR NUL  IN  THE  NEXTFIVEYEARSISALONG  TWO  MAJOR  STRATEGIC THRUSTS:CURRICULUMTRANSFORMATION  ANDASTEADY  SHIFTOF ENROLMENTS  AWAY   FROM  DISCIPLINESWITH   LESSABSORPTIVE MARKET  CAPACITYTO  THOSEMORE  RESPONSIVETO  THE  SOCIO­ ECONOMIC  NEEDSOFTHECOUNTRY.INTHEENDTHISUNIVERSITY MUST   PRODUCE  MORE   GRADUATES  IN  SCIENCE,TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING MATHS,    AGRICULTURE,   HEALTH   SCIENCES  AND COMMERCE,  THAN  INTHESOFTSCIENCES-  THEHUMANITIES  AND SOCIALSCIENCES.

 

IN  ADDTION,   I  AM   GRATIFIED  BY  THE  HARD  EFFORTSOF  THE FACULTIESAIMEDATENSURINGTHATENTERPRENEURIAL   SKILLSARE PARTAND  PARCELOFTHETRAINING  OUTCOMES,  REGARDLESS  OF THE   DISCIPLINE   STUDENT  WILL   CHOOSE.  I  APPLAUD   THESE


ENDEAVOURS.FORWEMUSTAIM  TOPRODUCEAGRADUATEWHO IS  A  CRITICAL  AND   INDEPENDENT  THINKER;    CONSCIENTIOUS CITIZEN;  AND  AN  ENTERPRISINGAND  AUTONOMOUS    INDIVIDUAL NOTONLYABLETOSEIZEOPPORTUNTIESWITH  HISORHERBARE HANDS;  BUT  ABOVE  ALL,  ABLE  TO  CREATEOPPORTUNITIES  FOR HIMSELF  OR  HERSELFAND   FOR  FELLOW  MEN  AND  WOMEN    IN SOCIETY!

 

PARENTS,GUARDIANSANDSPOUSES

TODAY,ASTHESEGRADUANDS  AREAWARDEDTHEIRCERTIFICATES AND      DIPLOMAS,AND  CONFERRED  WITH  THEIRDEGREES,KNOW THAT  YOURCOMMITMENT AND  DETERMINATIONAREEQUALLY RECOGNIZED,  BECAUSEWITHOUTYOURSUPPORT,THEIRSUCCESS WOULDNOTBEPOSSIBLE.SO,THANKYOUFORBEINGTHEIRPILLARS OFSTRENGTHANDSUPPORTTHROUGHOUT  THEYEARS.ITISTHISSHAREDRESPONSIBILITYTHATBREATHESLIFEINTOTHIS INSTITUTION'S  VISION.ITISTHEREASONTHENULCANBOASTOF  70 YEARSOFNURTURING  LEADERSOFTHOUGHT.

 

 

DISTINGUISHEDGUESTS

ASIMENTIONED  EARLIER,THISYEARTHENULWILLBECELEBRATING ITSSEVENTIETHANNIVERSARY  ON6TH   NOVEMBER,2015.WEWILL ONCE  AGAIN   CONGREGATEHERE TO   COMMEMORATE   THIS MILESTONE,ANDITISDURINGTHISTIMETHATWEWILLALLHAVE THEPLEASUREOFWALKINGDOWNMEMORYLANE,ANDREVISITING THEACHIEVEMENTS   THATWEREACCOMPLISHED   TO  MAKETHE NATIONAL  UNIVERSITYOFLESOTHOWHATITISTODAY.

 

THISSEVENTIETHANNIVERSARY  CELEBRATIONWILLNOTONLYBE ABOUT   LOOKING BACKATWHERETHENATIONALUNIVERSITYOF LESOTHOCOMES  FROM,  AND  THE ROAD  TRAVELLEDFOR  IT  TO BECOMETHEINSTITUTION  WEKNOWTODAY;ANDTHEROLEITHAS PLAYED  IN  DEVELOPING  MEN  AND   WOMEN   WHO   HAVE  MADE SIGNIFICANT  CONTRIBUTIONS   NOT  ONLY  IN  OUR  SOCIETY,  BUT INTERNATIONALLYTOO.  ITWILLALSOBEABOUT  LOOKINGAHEAD, AND   MOULDING    THE  UNIVERSITY  INTO    MORE   BOISTEROUS HIGHER   EDUCATION   INSTITUTION,   THAT   MUST   CONTINUE   TO PRODUCEGRADUATESTHATAREINAPOSITIONTOCOMPETEWITH THEBEST ONTHEWORLDSTAGE.

 

THESEVENTIETH  ANNIVERSARYHASALSODRIVENUSTOENGAGEIN DYNAMIC  FUNDRAISINGACTIVITIESMAINLY  AIMED  ATIMPROVING THE   UNIVERSITY'S   PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.  WE   ARE  ALSO EXPLORINGTHEPOSSIBILITYOFVENTURING  INTO  PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS  TO  IMPROVE  OUR  INFRASTRUCTURESOTHATTHIS INSTITUTION  CANCOMPETEONTHEINTERNATIONAL  STAGE,AND ATTRACTTHEBESTTOTAKEUPTEACHINGROLES,ANDATIRACT  THE BESTSTUDENTS.  OUR

GOAL  IS  TO  ENSURETHAT  WE   DELIVER QUALITY  PROGRAMMES  THAT  ARECOMPETITIVE  INTHE  REGION, AND  FORTHENATIONAL  UNIVERSITYOFLESOTHOTORECLAIMITS POSITIONASA  PREFERRED  INSTITUTION  OFHIGHERLEARNINGIN THEREGION.

 

YOURMAJESTYANDCHANCELLOR

IWISHTOTAKETHISOPPORTUNITY  TOSAYTOTHEMENAND WOMEN  WHO  BREATHELIFEINTOTHISINSTITUTION,THEHARD WORKING  STAFFOFTHEUNIVERSITY;BO'M'ELEBONTATE;THANK YOU  FORTHE  HARDWORK  YOU  PUT  INTO  SUSTAININGTHIS UNIVERSITY.YOUARETHEENGINEBEHINDTHISMACHINETHAT WASDESIGNEDTOCHURNOUTLEADERSTHATWILLLEADLESOTHO INTO  A  BRIGHTERAND  MORE  PRODUCTIVE  FUTURE.LADIESAND GENTLEMENTLETUSWORKTOGETHERFORTHEGREATERGOODOF THISINSTITUTIONANDCOUNTRY.

ONCEAGAIN  GRADUANDS,WESALUTEYOUFORAJOBWELLDONE AND  WISH  YOU  SUCCESSIN  YOUR  ENDEAVOURS.ONCE  AGAIN: HEARTYCONGRATULATIONS. EVENASISAYSO,LETMEADVISETHATYOUHAVEJUSTCLIMBED THE  HILLIN  THE  LIFE-LONG  EDUCATIONAL  JOURNEYTHAT  ISAN IMPERATIVE  OFOURTIMESAND  OFTHEKNOWLEDGE  ECONOMY. TIME  ISNOWTOAIM  ATCLIMBING  THEMOUNTAIN INSOSAYING, ALLOW  METOINVITEYOUTOOURVERYEXCITINGPOSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES,   FOR  THOSE  OF  YOU  WHO   HAVE  JUST  EARNED BACHELOR   OR    MASTER    DEGREES  AND     FOR   OUR    DEGREE PROGRAMMESFORDIPLOMATESANDCERTIFICATE  HOLDERS.NULIS ALWAYSTHERETOSERVEYOUANDTHENATION.

 

 

THANKYOU!