The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Alumni Relations Unit held a High Tea event for ladies at Long Chen Plaza Gardens in Harare on 24 February 2018.
The purpose of the meeting was to bring together alumni ladies that have gone through ZOU, programmes, friends and associates. These ladies came from different organizations to spend the day networking, meeting new friends and creating business partnerships.
Speaking at the event, Alumni Relations director Mrs Justina Mtezo highlighted the objectives of the Alumni event. She said that Zimbabwe Open University values the existence of a special relationship between the University and its former students (alumni) and wishes to encourage communication between the University and its alumni and among the Alumni themselves.
“The practice of alumni coming together is a worldwide phenomenon and in some cases, the Alumni contributes greatly to the development of these universities. More than 30 000 graduates have gone through the Zimbabwe Open University and the Alumni Relations Unit is trying to bring together all these graduates.” she said.
She said that Alumni should create a close relationship between the former students and the university, strengthen ties and loyalty to the university, as well as strengthening the reputation of the university by communicating excellence of the university programmes.
The Alumni Relations Unit provides the Alumni an opportunity to participate in different university activities.
The guest speaker, Dr H. Rukato, spoke about the importance of building relationships that benefit career progression. Professor L. Nyaruwata spoke about the empowerment of women through open distance learning. A number of ladies gave testimonials on how the ZOU programmes have contributed to their success in their different professions and life experiences in general.
The function was sponsored by CBZ while other institutions like NetOne, CABS, Dairibord, Redan, Esteem Travel, High Profile Motors, Mr Xhaust and Irvine’s Zimbabwe bought tables for their representatives. The organisers of the event also received support from Long Chen Plaza and ZOU staff and graduates.