TWO students from Speciss College won gold medals for the Best Student in Africa in their respective courses in the 2003 National Computing Centre (NCC) examinations.
NCC, which offers a wide range of computer courses, is an internationally recognised examining body based in Manchester, the United Kingdom.
Maria Do Carmo Ferreira studied for the International Diploma in Computer Studies (IDCS), while Masimba Gwati achieved his success in the International Advanced Diploma (IAD).
“My top priority at the moment is to study very hard and achieve good results, as I managed to do with the diploma. However this involves a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Do Carmo Ferreira.
“I would like to be successful in the information technology industry and find a good job with a pleasant working environment, preferably one in which I will be able to continue learning and obtain more qualifications.”
Gwati said he elected to study the IAD because it is one of the most highly rated qualifications in the world and an automatic entry into third year degree programmes at many universities.
He said NCC syllabuses were well chosen and updated to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of the world of computing.
Gwati paid tribute to his tutors at Speciss College, whose dedication, he said, was second to none.
He said his ambition is to obtain a Master’s degree in Computer Science and to become a software consultant.
The students were given their prizes last week by Speciss chief executive officer George Loverdos.
Loverdos said Speciss would continue training students to excel in international examinations.
Last week the computer and secretarial school at Speciss Chitepo Campus officially opened two computer training rooms which will be used to train computer technicians and for general computer studies.
The 10-workstation laboratory brings total training workstations to 128 in 10 laboratories.
Loverdos said given the increased demand for information technology training Speciss aims to bring the total computer studies training capacity to 150 workstations in 12 laboratories and the technicians’ training capacity to 45 workstations in three workshops.
“This investment represents our faith in the country,” Loverdos said. “We are investing in our future. We are investing in Zimbabwe because the two things are synonymous to us and because we believe in our country’s future.”
He said Speciss was committed to providing the best facilities it could in order to equip Zimbabweans with productive skills they needed.
Speciss has provided training in information technology to thousands of individuals in government and non-governmental organisations, in private companies and to individuals who desire to improve their information technology skills.
“We have seen lots of ups and lots of downs during the last 40 years. We have been through many difficulties and tribulations. But Speciss has not only survived these many predicaments, it has come out stronger and more successful every step of the way,” Loverdos said.