Tertiary institutions urged to maintain high standards of research, innovation

By Tapiwa Machemedze

The Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (ZIMCHE) has called upon tertiary institutions to ensure training programmes meet the demands of industry.

A call has been made for universities to come up with research and innovative projects which feed into the Education 5.0 model.

The call was made by the Zimbabwe Higher Education Council during an interaction at the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) with the focus on industrialisation.  

“Implementing Education 5.0 model is pivotal because if you make a student who is a producer, that student is likely to be employable because he or she will have been equipped with relevant skills and they need to come up with programmes that meets demands of society and industry. They need to liaise with industry and professional bodies in coming up with programmes,” ZIMCHE Chief Director Quality Assurance Practices and Processes, Professor Regis Chireshe said.

Academia has fast embraced its role in the attainment of the National Development Strategy through research and innovation.

“Research is needed to enhance teaching and learning activities of the academics. Research is also need to find out the problems that area in the community,” a lecturer said.

A student commented: “I was able to grasp some concepts on research how to publish articles.”

Innovations churned out by local universities are expected to propel national development at a faster pace in line with the modernisation drive.

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