SINGAPORE – Bona Mugabe the eldest daughter of President Robert Mugabe has graduated in Singapore and her parents and brothers were there to witness the ceremony.
Bona was enrolled at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). Although she did her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance in Hong Kong, she chose to complete her Masters in Singapore.
The 24 year old who now has a Master of Science degree in Banking works for her parents’ firm, Alpha-Omega Dairy. The programme she studied at MDIS is affiliated with the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.
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.”
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.”