By Burhani Muhunzi, SUMAIT University

Zanzibar, Chukwani, (SUN): The President of Zanzibar and Chairman of Revolutionary Council, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein has commended the introduction of Soft Skills Training Pogramme at Sumait University for final year students and advised other universities to emulate it.

“This programme is very important as it is geared toward equipping the graduates with appropriate knowledge and skills needed in seizing the labour market opportunities”, said the President in his  speech read by the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Riziki Pemba Juma during Sumait University’s 18th Graduation Ceremony.

The President said there is much in the programme that could be admired and emulated by other higher learning institutions and expressed his hope that the first batch of the graduating students who underwent through the programme would be able to decide what they wouId want to be.

The President praised Sumait University financiers, Direct Aid of Kuwait for introducing scholarships and interest-free loans programme for students joining the University saying, the programme would widen access to higher education for Zanzibar students.

He thanked Direct Aid for launching the programme and urged potential beneficiaries to pay the loans back in accordance with the terms and conditions that have set and agreed upon.

“Our collective efforts will hugely improve the enrolment of new students in our universities as well as eliminating the undesired postponements of studies caused by lack of funds needed to pay for tuition fees”, the President said.

The Zanzibar leader advised Sumait University, The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and Zanzibar University (ZU), to sit togerther and agree on programmes they want to introduce to avoid duplication that ultimately created saturation of market demands.

He advised the three universities operating in Zanzibar to form a joint committee that would meet, discuss and share views for the purpose of resolving common challenges and promoting developmental achievements.

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