Higher learning institutions touted as hub for ideas inclined towards industrialisation

By Zbc Reporter
The enthusiasm with which universities have embraced the Education 5.0 strategy has impressed some cabinet ministers describing the thrust as breeding an ecosystem of ideas for Innovation and industrialisation.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira and Finance and Economic Development counterpart Professor Mthuli Ncube have toured the Chinhoyi University of Technology industrial park, innovation hub and mask production unit, and both expressed satisfaction with the way the institution has embraced the pillars of the new education 5.0 policy.
Two of the policy’s pillars emphasise on innovation and industrialisation, which are key in turning around the economy.
Professor Ncube said CUT projects should tap into the ministry’s national venture fund which finances projects such as those being run by the university.
“We have a national venture fund to finance start-up projects or venture activities. I have seen the projects here which I the fund can finance…,” said Prof Mthuli Ncube.
Professor Murwira noted that industrialisation is borne out of ideas from higher education institutions.
“We need to build the national capacity to produce and this is exactly what we are doing…..,” said Prof Murwira.
Meanwhile, CUT Vice-Chancellor Professor David Simbi has described the industrial hub at the university as bringing value to the institution.
“The institution is now manufacturing stock feed which is sought after by farmers and has a thriving animal husbandry business unit,” said Prof Simbi.
Mashonaland West Minister of State Honourable Mary Mliswa joined her fellow ministers during the tour of the industrial and innovation hubs at CUT.