Midlands State University (MSU) celebrated an important milestone as it marked the graduation of its second cohort of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery students at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) on Friday September 8, 2023.

Under the theme, “Transforming Zimbabwe’s Human Capital Landscape Towards Modernisation and Industrialisation,” families, staff and guests gathered to celebrate the University of Zimbabwe 42nd graduation congregation and accomplishments of seventeen (17) MSU medical students who began their studies in 2017.

Since its inception in 2015, MSU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has trained competent healthcare practitioners through its collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe’s respected Medical School.

On this occasion, President Emmerson Mnangagwa conferred degrees on the graduating class, which saw five students receive Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery honours degrees.

Mitchelle Mugari received multiple awards, including prizes for best female student and excellence in paediatrics.

Leeroy Katsande won book and internal medicine prizes for attaining distinction and as highest achieving male student.

Through its mission to equip future health professionals, the MSU Medical School is making a profound impact through holistic training and real-world experience.

Graduates are set to apply their knowledge to address Zimbabwe’s health challenges.

Executive Dean-Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Reginald Matchaba-Hove acknowledged support from MSU leadership and UZ in strengthening the country’s health systems.

Graduates expressed gratitude for the opportunity and readiness to serve.

Attending the momentous event were MSU representatives including, Vice Chancellor Professor Victor Muzvidziwa, Registrar Tinashe Zishiri and Executive Dean Matchaba-Hove, celebrating this milestone for MSU’s growing medical program.

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