MASERU — Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUTC) yesterday conferred degrees to its first group of graduands since its establishment in 2008.
At least 326 students graduated with degrees in human resource, tourism management, journalism and design.
Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili who was the guest of honour said the event was momentous for both the university and the country.
He said the government invited LUTC to establish a campus in Lesotho after being impressed by the calibre of graduates they produced all over the world.
The LUTC graduates, Mosisili said, “were productive and contributed significantly to the national economy”.
Mosisili said the graduands should not aim to be job seekers but to create employment and play an active role in the country’s private sector.
He urged the ministry of finance to consider the LUTC graduands when disbursing the M50 million grant the government has established for youth projects this year.
Mosisili said the university had been allocated a site at Masianokeng to build its campus.
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Limkokwing, president of LUCT, thanked the prime minister for “the unwavering support he has shown towards the establishment of this campus here in Maseru”.
“It is your leadership that has made this day possible. Just over three years ago Prime Minister Mosisili discussed with me the possibility of setting up a university that would spark broad-based innovation to add momentum to Lesotho’s drive for economic transformation,” Limkokwing said.
“It was the prime minister’s vision to move this country up to next level through innovation in education, skills empowerment, youth and societal development as drivers of Lesotho’s economic transformation that I found to be most compelling.”
A representative for the graduands, Tsele Mokala said they were proud that they had made a right decision to join “the university of the Future”.
“The high tech facilities and campus environment made all of us believe that indeed we were in a global university,” Mokala said.
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