Limkokwing University transforms Lesotho through education - minister

Last update: 06/09/2019


From Nur Ashikin Abdul Aziz

MASERU (Lesotho), Sept 6 -- The Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (Limkokwing) in Lesotho, which was established over 10 years ago, has brought a fresh approach to the country's education system, said Lesotho’s Minister of Education and Training Prof. Ntoi Rapapa.

The minister said the university, a strategic partner of Lesotho, incorporates the teachings of the West and the East and places a high emphasis on practical knowledge that produces ready and industry-relevant graduates. 

"The Limkokwing University Lesotho is truly transforming our nation and our young citizens by building creative human capital that we truly need in heading towards a developed nation status," he said in his speech before presenting scrolls to graduates at the Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony, here, Thursday. 

Rapapa said through the university, the graduates are driving innovation and developing a knowledge-based economy for the African nation. 

The minister said that this, in turn, has encouraged a new form of skills development that fosters new job creators and has paved the way for Lesotho to provide the high demand for technically-skilled workforce to meet industry expectations. 

"It is not surprising that its (Limkokwing) model and methodology have been acknowledged by the World Bank to be potentially emulated in the developing world, while UNESCO has called it a New Model University," said Rapapa. 

This year's convocation, themed ‘Designing The Future’, saw about 2,000 students graduating in various disciplines such as architecture technology, business management, broadcasting, entrepreneurship, and international tourism. 

Meanwhile, Limkokwing Founder and President Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing, in his speech, said he believed the graduates would be the driving force to Lesotho’s globalisation.

“Soon, you will be known for the designs you create, the music you produce, the films you direct, the buildings you design and the fashion statements you make.

“You will be among the most celebrated game changers this country will get to see,” he said.

The event was graced by Lesotho’s Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Monyane Moleleki as well as other government officials. 

Limkokwing University is one of the most renowned Malaysian universities for international education in Africa, with branch campuses here, in Bostwana, Eswatini and Sierra Leone.

It was founded in 1991 by Lim with a mission to transform youths into confident, skilled and tech-savvy individuals who will contribute creatively and innovatively to the world’s economy.