The inaugural group of Midlands State University (MSU) medical students graduated on Friday the 10th of December 2021 at the University of Zimbabwe.
Since its establishment in 2015, the Midlands State University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has been under the mentorship of the University of Zimbabwe’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. It is against this background that the MSU pioneering class witnessed 15 out of 20 students who enrolled for the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2016 being conferred with degrees by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chancellor of all State Universities, His Excellency Cde Dr Emmerson D. Mnangagwa at the 40th University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony held at the University in Harare.
Out of the 15 graduates, 3 were awarded Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degrees with Honours and these are Tatenda Chamisa, Prosper Mateveke and Tinotenda Ngwarati. Miss (Dr) Chamisa won the MSU Book Prize, the Elesther Vhunzai Matchaba-Hove Prize for the Overall Best Female Student Graduating with the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees, the Gweru Specialist Children’s Hospital Award of Excellence for the best student in Paediatrics, the Thokozani Mtetwa-Dhliwayo Prize for the best graduating student who obtained a Distinction in Community Medicine and the National Physicians Association of Zimbabwe (Midlands Chapter) Prize for the best student in Internal Medicine. Mr (now Dr) Tinotenda Ngwarati was awarded the Zephaniah Ruzwidzo Matchaba-Hove Prize for the Overall Best Male Graduating Student in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees.
Speaking soon after the graduation ceremony, the Executive Dean of the MSU Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences acknowledged the support his Faculty received from the University of Zimbabwe. “This is an exciting milestone. We are exceedingly grateful for the invaluable support we have received from our colleagues from the UZ Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the MSU leadership and the entire MSU community.”
The Midlands State University Council, Senate and the entire University community wish to congratulate the Executive Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr Reginald Matchaba-Hove and his team for this historic achievement.
Among those who attended the historic graduation ceremony were the MSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Victor N. Muzvidziwa, the Registrar, Mr Tinashe Zishiri, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr Reginald Matchaba-Hove.
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