Maseru, Nov. 24 — The National University of Lesotho (NUL) Chancellor, King Letsie III commended the university for making history by holding for the first time postgraduate ceremony graduation separately from others at NUL, Roma today.
The King said this during conferment of degrees and subject awards: PhDs, Masters, Honours and Postgraduate Diplomas to over 300 graduands at NUL. They were awarded in areas such as science in crop science, nursing science and labour law to mention but a few.
According to the Chancellor, Postgraduate programmes that are masters and doctoral among others deserve their own graduation space as these are areas that do not only deepen knowledge but give an analytical as well as writing needed to fill gaps in today’s dynamic world.
Therefore, he wished graduands well and to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. He further called them to stand firm despite economical challenges facing Lesotho.
In another story, the King appealed to NUL to also consider offering short courses to those wishing to further their studies while still working.
Meanwhile, the Agency established that of those graduating, only three were awarded doctoral philosophy namely: Ramakatsa Monaheng who is now Doctor of Education (Psychology of Education), Shobane Thabiso who is now Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Linguistics as well as Makhaola Mapetja who is now Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy.
In his remarks, NUL Chairman of Council, Dr. Khabele Matlosa commended graduands for the achievement marking phenomenal growth in as far as postgraduate programmes are concerned.
He alluded that the world is in need of leadership skills the said graduands hold today, thereby advising them ahead of 200 years to showcase their skills with peace and humility as such were values of the founder of Basotho and NUL Morena Moshoeshoe 1.
NUL Vice Chancellor, Professor Isaac Olusola Fajana mentioned that graduands should not forget that in them, job creators have been made not seekers, hence he called them to go out to the world and make the university proud.
He thanked all particularly, the Chancellor, the Prime Minister, Mr. Ntsokoane Samuel Matekane who was also present as well as Minister of Law and Justice, Mr. Richard Ramoeletsi (also representing Minister of Education and Training) and all who graced this auspicious event.
Talking about challenges facing the university, he said inadequate funding has limited expansion of the university in various ways.
Representative of Graduands, Thabiso Shobane who was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Linguistics thanked NUL for always bringing in concepts challenging their minds, thus helping them to attain knowledge and wisdom among others.
“Without support from our Lecturers, our families and our communities, we would not have achieved this milestone and we are grateful”. He stressed.
He called his fellow graduands to go out into the world, collaborate with other stakeholders especially in this era of artificial intelligence so as to bring solutions in this era of high unemployment rate.
NUL’s vision is to be a vibrant African University, nurturing thought leaders. The university offers a variety of courses to its students.