Issue 01  Volume 17

May - June 2008
 
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"Your Investment Is Secure!"

Dr. Fanuel Tagwira, interim vice chancellor of Africa University, was present in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Africa University report to the 2008 UM General Conference, and thanked delegates for their continued support of the university. "Your contributions are helping make a difference on the African continent. The fire shall continue to burn, and it shall never be put out." Delegates were assured that while Zimbabwe has an inflation rate of 200,000% – the highest in the world – Africa University, with a few challenges, continues to operate and fulfill its mission of educating its 1,400 students from twenty-four African countries. Dr. Tagwira continued, “The political situation in Zimbabwe has not affected the university. Your investment is secure. Both government and opposition politicians have great admiration for what Africa University has achieved. We remain open and are following our normal calendar. We thank God for his divine favor."

 

AU Choir Tours US and Germany

- The Africa University Choir performed on 27 April in Texas during an Africana Dinner and Worship Service hosted by Black Methodists for Church Renewal. Two days later, the 16-member group gave a rousing performance following the AU Report to the General Conference.  
- Following its US tour, the Choir itinerated to Berlin, Germany upon the invitation of the Germany Mission Board of the UMC and AU Board member, Reverend Heinrich Meinhardt.

 

Graduation Ceremonies On Campus

Africa University’s 14th graduation will be celebrated on the campus in Mutare on 7 June. Bishop Woodie W. White, retired professor from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will be the guest speaker. Following the ceremonies and conferment of degrees, a reception hosted by the Chancellor will be held on the campus for graduates and guests.

 

 

Africa University To Distribute Insect Shield Blankets

Africa University Chancellor, Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo (left) and interim Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fanuel Tagwira held up an
insect shield blanket during the March Africa University Board of Directors meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa University will distribute the blankets to areas in Africa in order to ward off malaria and other diseases caused by insect pests. Bishop Ntambo referred to the life-saving benefits of the blanket and said it is “the hope of people who are faced with the threat of malaria.” Dr. Tagwira added that with the university’s students coming from twenty-four countries on the continent, there will be many opportunities for them to extend the blankets’ protection to their home areas.

 

 


  

Africa University To Distribute Insect Shield Blankets

Africa University Chancellor, Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo (left) and interim Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fanuel Tagwira held up an
insect shield blanket during the March Africa University Board of Directors meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa University will distribute the blankets to areas in Africa in order to ward off malaria and other diseases caused by insect pests. Bishop Ntambo referred to the life-saving benefits of the blanket and said it is “the hope of people who are faced with the threat of malaria.” Dr. Tagwira added that with the university’s students coming from twenty-four countries on the continent, there will be many opportunities for them to extend the blankets’ protection to their home areas.

 

 

 

 

AU Satellite  Campus Opens in Mozambique

A choir from Liberdade United Methodist Church (left) sang during the dedication on 31 March of the new Africa University satellite campus in Maputo, Mozambique. The Africa Training and Learning Center has twenty new computers, and classes will be beamed to the site from the Africa University campus through a two-way satellite ground station with a dish antenna. The project is a collaborative effort of Africa University, the Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil, UM Communications, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

 

 

Campus Update

  • Africa University in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, has launched a Masters Degree Program in Intellectual Property.

 

  • The Africa University Senate has approved a Bachelor of Science Resource Management Program that will begin in August  2008.

 


Congratulations Dr. Salley!

Rev. Walter McKelvey, (center) President of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, announced during the Africana Dinner hosted by BMCR in Fort Worth, TX that Mr. James Salley was to be awarded in the following week an honorary doctorate from Gammon. Bishop Ernest Lyght, (right) Chair of the Advisory Development Committee, looked on.

 

 

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