THE Chancellor of Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU), former Speaker of the National Assembly, Anne Makinda, is expected to award 309 graduates of various programmes at the university, the HKMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Mgone, told the local paper in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.

Prof Mgone said that the graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday and will include graduates in Doctors of Medicine (171), Diploma in Nursing (84), Degree in Nursing (43) and seven paediatricians.

He said that one graduate will be conferred Masters in Social Work and three in Public Health.

Professor Mgone said that this year HKMU has enrolled 237 students in Doctor of Medicine, 59 Degree in Nursing, 9 Degree in Social Work and 7 in Gynecology.

Professor Mgone said they have also enrolled three students of internal medicine and 14 specialists in different areas.

Meanwhile, Professor Mgone further said that HKMU has started construction of its new campus in Boko area, a move that will enable the university to enrol a large number of students in the health sector.

He said HKMU decided to expand its wings to Boko because there is great demand for health professionals in the country as well as increasing the number of students annually.

He said in its five-year plan, HKMU will invest heavily in Information Communication Technology (ICT) to enable the university to offer online learning as it did during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“During the COVID-19 outbreak, we offered both online and face to face teaching, therefore we want to strengthen our ICT systems to make the service sustainable,” he said.

On his side, the Coordinator of the HKMU Convocation, Dr Leonard Malasa said one day before the 19th graduation on Saturday, there will be a convocation on Friday which will involve different people who studied at the university.

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