Zetech champions innovation in 2020 graduation
Zetech University graduated 1191 students in various disciplines in a virtual ceremony, broadcasted live from the University Thika Road Campus. As the graduating class of 2020 received powers to read and write and influence their worlds, the ceremony celebrated the role of technology in education and the impact of online learning in ensuring students complete their studies and qualify for graduation.
The University conferred the third cohort of degree students since attaining a Letter of Interim Authority and awarded diplomas to graduates, charging them to use technology for sustainable development. It also celebrated graduating its first group of Government-sponsored students who were placed by KUCCPS to pursue degree programmes at the institution.
Applauding the Class of 2020 for the resilience displayed in undertaking online learning on their final lap, Chancellor Prof. Susan Alfano said, “The impact of the COVID-19 has caused us to appreciate the value technology brings to the academic industry. As a University, having established online systems not only for training but for other academic processes. The past nine months saw us invest in an efficient Learning Management System to enhance the output of our Zetech Digital School. This move will contribute to the overall uptake of online learning across the country and we remain committed to developing digital experts in every field.” She said.
Congratulating the graduates on the achievement, VC Prof. Njenga Munene noted that the University is proud that students used the COVID-19 period to develop innovations targeted at addressing global issues. “It is evident that industries across the board, which many of our graduates will join, require technology and digital skills to thrive. The increased efforts and investment by the Kenyan government in implementing digital learning strategies across the country speaks to this reality and we are honoured to have empowered our students to flourish through tech-driven training and industry exposure.” Prof said.
He added that the Ministry of Education has the capacity to implement national policies and programmes that will help Kenyans access quality and affordable education, and engage in academic research with the support of digital training and exposure. Additionally, efforts towards improving ICT infrastructure, development of digital content, capacity building and provision of smart devices to support institutions of higher learning will go a long way in transforming citizens into a digital Nation.
On his part, University Council Chairperson Mr. Mohammed Hassan congratulated the graduates, noting that they are academic champions and capable graduates who have every opportunity to make a difference in the world.