By Tapiwa Machemedze
Commercialisation of local research products is set to be propelled through innovation hubs which provide a key connection between the academia and industry in line with the country’s National Development Strategy One.
This came out when President Emmerson Mnangagwa toured the Bindura University of Science Education innovation hub this Friday.
Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) has become the latest State university to construct a fully government funded innovation hub as it positions itself to contribute more to the national development trajectory.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa toured the US$80 million innovation hub which is almost complete and outlined how the concept will transform research.
“Categories of areas it will cover and young people talented in those field will be facilitated. We will give money to those for students or boys and girls who have ideas, we finance you and when we think the idea is useful can save the community we then progress to the industrial park. They have reached there now, where we shall produce and commercialise the product in a bigger space and if it passes then it goes into the market,” said the President.
Establishment of the innovation hub has generated interest among staff and students who have transformed their minds to think commercial.
“Certainly, the innovation hub is going to enhance research and development activities. The university is really centring on 5 themes,” said Professor Courtie Mahamadi, Director of Research and Postgraduate Centre.
Professor Desmond Manatsa, Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering said: “We do have some research projects linked to climate change which can be commercialised such as drone technology which we will be used in enhancing rainfall.”’
With five patented projects in 2021, two copyrights and some globally acclaimed research conducted on global warming, Bindura University is now a force to reckon with on the science arena, thus the innovation hub will be the icing on the cake.
President Mnangagwa also toured the 352-roomed female hostel which is nearly complete and will be ready for occupation mid-next month.