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Daughter of Zimbabwe president graduates from MDIS

SINGAPORE — A growing number of African students are enrolled at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

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SINGAPORE — A growing number of African students are enrolled at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

One of them, who graduated yesterday (Nov 15), is the daughter of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Bona Mugabe, 24, graduated with a Master of Science in Banking. The programme is affiliated with the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.

Her parents and brothers were in Singapore to witness the graduation of the family’s eldest child and only daughter.

Ms Mugabe did her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance in Hong Kong, and chose to complete her Masters in Singapore.

She is one of the growing numbers of African students studying at MDIS. MDIS said that in the last three years, the number of those who have enrolled has risen by more than five times.

MDIS Secretary General Dr R Theyvendran said: “Since Singapore is becoming a hub for education in the region, we’ve already attracted students from 78 countries, and Africa is a very good area since the people are more interested in developing themselves.

“GDP has grown by five per cent, and will be growing to more than 10 per cent, which will give a lot of people the wealth to come here to study.”

Zimbabwe President Mugabe said: “We know the students here are very highly competitive. Education here is taken very seriously by the government. The fact that our daughter managed to do a degree here has opened our eyes much more.

“We have been sending students to various countries, mainly Africa, America, Malaysia and Thailand. But a few have been coming here sponsored by the government (in Singapore), but very few. But now we are going to sponsor ourselves, going to sponsor some students especially to MDIS to do management.” CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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