UZ partners industry to bolster industrialisation agenda

By John Nhandara

STRATEGIC partnerships between tertiary institutions and the private sector have been cited as key in achieving the goals of the education 5.0 Model.

The goals of the education 5.0 model are expected to be achieved through collaboration between tertiary institutions and industry to come up with homegrown innovations and industrialisation.

This was the key message when the University of Zimbabwe partnered with a local contracting company, Fossil group in the provision of learning equipment and scholarships for the university’s Department of Construction and Civil Engineering.

“The university’s 5.0 thrust, as well as the Zimbabwe strategic plan 2019 to 2025, which is centred on collaborations, can be realised in also achieving the industrialisation agenda,” said Professor Charles Mbohwa, University of Zimbabwe pro-vice-chancellor.

“Human capital development is critical and developing youthful professionals will drive the nation forward,” said Caleb Garura, Fossil Group human resources executive.

The scholarships were awarded to academically gifted but underprivileged students.

The University of Zimbabwe is among tertiary institutions that have adopted the 5.0 heritage-based learning model, which is anchored on pillars that include teaching, research, innovation and industrialisation.