A University of Zimbabwe (UZ) undergraduate student, Munashe Gahadza, scored a record-breaking 40 distinctions out of a possible 44 courses to obtain a first-class BSc Honours degree in Actuarial Science.
Gahadza also won the University of Zimbabwe Book Prize and was named the Faculty’s best graduating student and most consistent student.
He was then awarded the Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa Chancellor’s Award for the best male undergraduate student earning a cash prize of US$1 000.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa also gave Gahadza a further US$1 000 for his attainment of 40 distinctions.
He said his next step was to start his actuarial professional exams for him to become a qualified actuary.
An actuary uses math and statistics to estimate the financial impact of uncertainty and help clients minimize risk. An actuary can assess and manage the risks of financial investments, insurance policies, and other potentially risky ventures.
Meanwhile, Gamuchirai Bhiza became the first female student to attain a first-class honours degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering.
She was awarded the Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa Chancellor’s Award for the best female undergraduate also with a cash prize of US$1 000 as well as the Women in Science & Engineering Award for the best female student.
President Mnangagwa capped 6 084 graduates at the UZ graduation ceremony on Thursday. | Chronicle