Medical university an exceptional gift'
MBABANE – Her Royal Highness Inkhosikati La-Mbikiza has said government would save a lot of money by training students aspiring to be doctors locally as opposed to outside the country.
Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, who is Patron of the Swaziland Christian University, expressed appreciation to donors in South Korea, the African Continent Mission and the University of Pretoria for suppor-ting and affording the country the exceptional gift of a medical and ICT university.
The Inkhosikati proposed that government have annual subventions to the university to assure that it continues to meet excellent academic ideals and the general expectations of the people of Swaziland and beyond. She was speaking during a tour of the univ-ersity site at Mahwalala last Thursday.
She challenged government and the mission to formulate an all encompassing agreement that would address issues such as scholarships for prospective students. Her Royal Highness noted that there was a huge demand for medical and ICT personnel globally.
She said Swaziland would profit enormously by producing indigenous health care professionals who understood the local health care system. This, she said, would enhance and allow interaction between the doctor and patient.
Why LaMbikiza was chosen as Patron
MBABANE – Inkhosikati LaMbikiza was chosen as a patron for the medical university because of her strong educational back-ground.
Chairman of the Council of the Swaziland Christian University, Dr Phineas Magagula, thanked the Inkhosikati for visiting the medical centre’s site.
He said the committee driving the project had a long debate as to who they could work with and identified her as the appropriate person.
Magagula said the African Continent Mission realised the challenges faced by the country and saw the need to establish a medical centre which had a Christian foundation.
"We want our students to go out and face the world armed with Christian principles," he said.
King fully behind project
MBABANE – His Majesty King Mswati III fully supports the construction of the medical and ICT university.
This was disclosed by Inkhosikati LaMbikiza during the tour of the Swaziland Christian Uni-versity. She said the King supported education in the country. General Director of the Christian University, Pastor Chong Yang Kim said they appreciated the support especially in making a provision for the land to carry-out the project.
He said the Inkhosikati’s visit to the project’s site was historic in that to most people, the university had always been a hypothetical concept which was impossible to achieve. Mbabane West Member of Parliament, Johanne Shongwe, said they highly appreciated the King’s support of the project.
He said they were proud that the university was built under their constituency. He further appealed for government support, stating that any delay of the project would hinder their aim.
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