Build up on high levels of research, universities urged

By Tapiwa Machemedze

LOCAL universities have been urged to build up on the high level of research witnessed last year in order to build up the momentum towards attainment of vision 2030.

The call was made by the Director for Programs in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development Dr Dennis Murekachiro during a familiarisation visit to the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU).  

“At the same time it has been an opportunity to share on policy directives for our universities in our nation. I’m glad to report that our universities have really embraced on the Education 5.0 curriculum and much fruit is coming out of the efforts, where we are we are seeing new patented products coming out of universities, a sound commercialisation stage, great imitative,” Dr Murekachiro said.

The Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University highlighted its major thrust for the new year, which is to build synergies with industry to accelerate the transition from innovation to commercialisation.   

“We hope that we can get funding for the research to be done particularly under the 5.0 education system, we hope our academic staff can be able to engage in research directed at the agriculture system or our engineering systems,” Vice Chancellor Professor Christopher Chetsanga noted.

ZEGU Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Evelyn Garwe said: “We have come with 15 new programmes sent to ZIMCHE for approval that we want to roll out in 20022.We also have new products coming up from our research and innovation centre.”

To propel innovation the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (ZIMCHE) has been working with tertiary institutions to ensure training programs and graduates meet demands of industry and are relevant to society.