It was on 13th January 2018 when the Sokoine University of Agriculture, through the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, Research, Technology Transfer and Consultancy (DPRTC), organised a special event to welcome all first year Master, Postgraduate Diploma and PhD students who joined the university during 2017/18 academic year. The event was also attended by on-going postgraduate students who were around the university campus.
The occasion was graced by the Deputy Vice-chancellor (Academic), Professor Peter R. Gillah, who delivered official opening speech. Professor Gillah was accompanied by an Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Finance), Professor Engineer F.C. Kahimba who is also a Principal of the College of Agriculture.
Other university officials who attended the occasion included Principals of Colleges, Dean of School of Agricultural Economics and Business Studies, Directors and Heads of different administrative units who provide services and logistical supports to postgraduate students.
In his speech, the Guest of Honour congratulated the postgraduate students for having chosen to study at Sokoine University of Agriculture.
“You have made the right choice to join SUA and let be assured that our university is one of the best higher education institutions in Tanzania which has maintained its position in high ranked institutions in Africa” Prof Gillah said.
He also appealed to the students to be good ambassadors of SUA during and after finishing their studies. As he was concluding his speech, Professor Gillah said
“It is expected that as we started this academic journey together we shall also reach the finishing line together. It is also expected that after graduation you will all be SUA Alumni”.
In his welcoming remarks, the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Esron D. Karimuribo highlighted on strengths and long-term experience of Sokoine University of Agriculture in offering postgraduate studies since early 1970s. He also underscored objectives and expectations of the “orientation day” including the need to receive feedback on how the Directorate could improve its services to the students.
“We have organised this event so that we can share our experience and also get feedbacks from you on areas we could improve on so that we can offer better services than now” Professor Karimuribo said.
Overall the occasion was perceived to be one of its kind and most of the postgraduate students commended the directorate for coming up with such initiative.