On 14 October 2017, MANCOSA hosted its second graduation ceremony of the year at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. A total of 1366 graduates from South Africa and SADC countries received recognition for their achievements. This brought the total number of graduates produced by MANCOSA for 2017 to 2490.
A diverse cohort of students graduated across MANCOSA’s various programme offerings – from those that are currently making an impact, to future innovators who will inevitably reshape Africa’s growth trajectory amidst the newfound challenges and opportunities of a global era.
The charismatic and influential founder and Principal of MANCOSA, Professor Yusuf Karodia, delivered a compelling opening address to all present. Karodia stated that MANCOSA graduates were “empowered to be leaders, not followers” and urged graduates to act upon “the very urgent need to arrest crippling poverty, address food security, ensure environmental and business sustainability, and create sustainable employment by fashioning a new developmental path to ensure economic growth and raising living standards for all the peoples on the continent of Africa”. Indeed, the significance of graduating lies beyond the initial celebratory event.
Graduates and their families were also delighted to hear from Karodia that MANCOSA had recently joined Africa’s first-ever Pan-African private university platform. The Honoris United Universities is built upon a unique ‘collaborative intelligence’ concept, bringing together the pioneering efforts of leading higher education institutions in North and Southern Africa, to educate Africa’s next generation of leaders and professionals. Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 27,000 students on 48 campuses, learning centres and on-line, in 9 countries and 30 cities across Africa. More than 100 degrees are offered in the fields of Health Science, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Arts and Design, Media, Education and Political Science. The CEO of Honoris United Universities, Mr Luis Lopez, was also present at the graduation ceremony.
MANCOSA would like to congratulate all students who graduated in 2017 and wish them success in their future endeavours.