Be innovative and develop skills for industrialisation: Prof Murwira

By Memory Chamisa

University students have been challenged to be innovative and develop capable skills for the industrialisation and modernisation of the country.

This was the message as the curtain came down on the Inaugural National Student Cluster Building Competition with an Awards ceremony being held this Wednesday at the University of Zimbabwe.

A total of 48 students from the country’s eight state universities took part in the competition initiated by the Zimbabwe Centre for High Performance Computing, a research institute run by government with the mandate to provide training and super computing services to the nation.

The students were challenged to build miniature high-performance computing systems which generally refers to the practice of aggregating computing power in a way that delivers higher performance than a desktop computer in solving scientific, engineering and business problems.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira implored the students to pay attention to the world in order to come up with innovative ideas and research competitive on the market.

“Scientific and ITC literacy is what is needed on the global computing market right now and you need to be more innovative and skilled for you to wow the market. You must create algorimiths that are out of this world and be extra ordinary,” he said.

Despite UZ, MSU and NUST being announced as winners, all 48 students who participated in the competition walked away with scholarships for the rest of their academic years at their various universities, courtesy of the Ministry Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development.