$100 000 Zimdef wind­fall for Nust de­part­ments

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund (Zimdef) yes­ter­day re­leased $100 000 to the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy’s (Nust) Ap­plied Ge­net­ics Test­ing Cen­tre and the Jour­nal­ism and Me­dia Stud­ies (JMS) depart­ment.

The money was re­leased to Nust af­ter the in­sti­tu­tion pre­sented de­part­men­tal chal­lenges to the Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo.

Nust’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing Mr Felix Moyo ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Prof Moyo for re­spond­ing to their plea.

He said AGTC re­ceived $75 000 while the JMS depart­ment got $25 000 and the money would be used to trans­form the two de­part­ments.

He said the funds would en­able the two de­part­ments to reach their full po­ten­tial with the AGTC plan­ning to com­mer­cialise its oper­a­tions and in­tro­duc­ing vi­ral load test­ing.

The JMS depart­ment’s stu­dio would be equipped for prac­ti­cal learn­ing.

The stu­dio equip­ment to be pur­chased in­cludes pro­fes­sional stereo, field recorders, au­dio and video mon­i­tors, edit­ing soft­ware, stu­dio air con­di­tion­ers, stu­dio fur­ni­ture among other equip­ment.

Mr Moyo said the depart­ment is ready to pro­duce con­tent that speaks to di­verse com­mu­ni­ties and there are also plans to ap­ply for a com­mu­nity ra­dio li­cence later.

“The do­na­tion comes at a time when the Govern­ment has em­barked on a dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme which will present vast op­por­tu­ni­ties in the field of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion sci­ence in­clud­ing the need for more con­tent in ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and film. Once the stu­dio has been fully equipped and dig­i­talised, the Nust com­mu­nity and depart­ment in par­tic­u­lar will be ready to sup­ply di­verse qual­ity con­tent pro­duced by both stu­dents and aca­demic staff to var­i­ous me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions,” said Mr Moyo.

He said the equip­ment would also ben­e­fit prac­tis­ing jour­nal­ists who may want to con­duct re­fresher cour­ses with Nust.—@nqot­shili.

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