Quality education empowers graduates to contribute to the country’s development because it equips them with proven competence and skills.
The remarks were made by Emmanuel Muvunyi, the executive secretary of Higher Education Council, during the Adventist University of Central Africa’s 23rd graduation ceremony in Masoro, Kigali, yesterday.
Muvunyi told the graduates to create more opportunities for a wider community of the country.
“I hope you are going to use your skills, knowledge and attitude to compete in the labour market. You had a long journey to get where you are today, but this is just the beginning. You are going to start a new chapter of life that is more challenging and which is judged by competence, not by academic papers,” Muvunyi said.
He hailed the university for providing quality education but stressed that there was room for improvement, citing academic staffing and infrastructure development.
A total of 675 students, including 386 females, were conferred upon with degrees and certificates in different disciplines at undergraduate and post-graduate studies.
Dr Blasious Ruguri, the chancellor, told the graduates that the university would feel proud if they proved themselves with practical competences not only at the local labour market but worldwide as well.
“The knowledge that you acquired can fly you wherever you want if you make the best of it. You only need to always let God guide you as you open a new chapter in life,” he said.
Dieume Hirwa, who emerged the best with a first class Degree in Information Management, said they have a lot to offer the digital community as graduates.
“Knowledge is wealth that can be decisive in future. We are ready and equipped with all necessary skills to do whatever it takes to create opportunities for the country,” he said.