From Gerald Bates, Rector 0f HAU

Greetings from Bujumbura, Burundi and Hope Africa University.

Yesterday the University launched into African society 620 graduates, among them 24 Medical Doctors, along with those in law, education, theology and Bible, nursing, engineering, business, physiotherapy and other branches. As Rector, it was my privilege to stand on the podium for probably two and a half hours, handing out diplomas, congratulating each one (and embracing a few whose paths have crossed ours at many points). It was simply a great day!

As I sat between Bishop Deo and Ezechiel Nibigira, the President of the Board of Governors of the University (a graduate of the University’s first class, with a distinguished record including being ambassador to Kenya and presently the chief procurement officer for the country of Burundi, he and his wife Esperance close friends of ours) I leaned over to him and said, “We have come a long way since the start of the University in Kenya nearly 15 years ago, in a slightly converted bar/roadhouse, with 27 students.” He agreed.

The verse that comes to mind is Psalm 118:23, “The Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Blessings to all on Christmas, and into the New Year 2015!

One Comment

  1. 1-1-2015

    For the year 2014 hope africa university is the best university in burundi as a new student i hope will be also the best in 2015.

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