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2016/2017 academic year begins at SUZA

2016/2017 Academic year begins at SUZA

The orientation week for the newly admitted students for the academic year 2016/2017 started on Monday 17th October, 2016.

Prof. Idris Rai, the Vice Chancellor of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) welcomed the new students for this academic intake.

In his welcoming remarks, the Vice Chancellor urged the students to intensely focus on their studies and utilize their time and SUZA resources efficiently. He told the new students that they can learn a lot from this university as it has very good accessibility of reference books and internet facility so they have to use this available technology for learning. He also advised them to make libraries found in all SUZA campuses their best friends.

Prof. Rai warned the students not to engage in delinquency and instead they should be upright in all their undertakings; he mentioned plagiarism as a severe violation of academic norm in which anyone caught practicing this undesirable tendency would not be tolerated. “Those accused and found guilty of this offence would immediately be expelled”, he reiterated.
Prof. Idris Rai (standing), the Vice Chancellor delivers welcome remarks to the newly admitted students for the academic year 2016/2017.

The Vice Chancellor informed the students that the State University of Zanzibar will very soon become a bigger university following merging with other Zanzibar higher learning institutions of Zanzibar Institute of Financial Administration (ZIFA), Zanzibar Institute of Tourism Development (ZiTOD) and College of Health Sciences (CHS), he updated them that the merging bill has recently been passed by the Zanzibar House of Representatives and now awaits the endorsement by the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council to become operational. 
New students during the 1st day of the orientation week.

He told the students that SUZA will have not below 7,000 students after this merging. “From you our students we are preparing to be able to fit in the regional job market in terms of competitiveness from the content you will be imparted and we have enough strength to accomplish this”, he guaranteed the students. 

Earlier, Dr. Haji Mwevura Haji, the Deputy Vice Chancellor on academics, research and consultancy enlightened the students that while they are here they are free to use their freedom the way they like, but he cautioned them not to infringe others’ rights in making use of their freedom. “Your freedom ends where other colleague’s freedom starts, so utilize it wisely and by any means do not squander it”, he insisted. 

Welcoming the new students, Dean of Students, Ms. Salha Khalfan Khamis appealed to them to prevent the university environment and infrastructure by all means. “Portray yourselves that you are SUZA students, behave decently and show good conduct within and outside the university premises”, she insisted.

In this academic year, over 900 students have been admitted in different postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate programmes. Classes for all students will officially commence on Monday 24th October, 2016