Pres­i­dent caps 347 grad­u­ates at Harare in­sti­tute

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day con­ferred de­grees on 347 grad­u­ates at the Harare In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s sev­enth grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

The num­ber of grad­u­ates this year in­creased from 320 last yeast year.

Of the 347, 112 suc­cess­fully com­pleted their un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in In­for­ma­tion Science and Tech­nol­ogy, 57 in Busi­ness and Man­age­ment Sci­ences, 119 En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy and 59 in In­dus­trial Sci­ences and Tech­nol­ogy.

In his ad­dress, HIT vice chan­cel­lor, En­gi­neer Quin­ton Kan­hukamwe said the in­sti­tu­tion de­vel­oped and in­cu­bated techno­preneurs that are ex­pected to play a vi­tal role in the knowl­edge econ­omy that Zim­babwe is grow­ing.

He said HIT re­quired busi­ness and in­dus­trial part­ners and other or­gan­i­sa­tions both pri­vate and pub­lic to com­mer­cialise in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies.

“We believe that crit­i­cal to the re­search ini­tia­tives of our stu­dents and staff, is the need to pro­tect our in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty both for the ben­e­fit of in­no­va­tors, the univer­sity and the na­tion.

“We have suc­cess­fully filed seven patents, six util­ity mod­els, four in­dus­trial de­signs and 72 copy­right ap­pli­ca­tion pack­ages,” he said.

A Part IV stu­dent also de­signed hy­brid so­lar, elec­tric­ity and gas pow­ered vapour ab­sorp­tion re­frig­er­a­tion sys­tems, the univer­sity also de­signed and in­stalled a smart meter, de­vel­oped a can­ning ma­chine, and is in the process of con­struct­ing a biodi­gester as a way of pro­mot­ing use of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources.

“One of our stu­dents in soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing again was recog­nised by Google and in­vited to at­tend the Google De­vel­oper Com­mu­nity Sum­mit in San Fran­cisco in May 2016.

“HIT was awarded the In­ter­na­tional Socrates awards for the Best En­ter­prise at the Europe Busi­ness Assembly Euro­pean Awards and Fo­rum in canes, France,” he said.

Eng Kan­hukamwe paid trib­ute to coun­tries that sup­port the in­sti­tu­tion in re­search and skills de­vel­op­ment that in­clude In­dia, Tur­key, Iran, China and Korea.

HIT now en­rolls stu­dents from Namibia, An­gola DRC and South Su­dan as the in­sti­tu­tion em­braced the re­gional in­te­gra­tion thrust.

Eng Kan­hukamwe said HIT worked with var­i­ous min­istries to en­sure na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

The in­sti­tute is work­ing with the cen­tral bank in en­sur­ing fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion strat­egy comes to life.

“Our school has come in hand by de­vel­op­ing sys­tems and ap­pli­ca­tions that en­cour­age use of tech­nol­ogy in re­mote parts of the coun­try,” he said.

He ap­plauded Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe for in­tro­duc­ing the Psy­cho-mo­tor min­istry which he said was im­por­tant in skills de­vel­op­ment and techno­prenurial skills re­quired to drive re­verse en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign el­e­ments in polytech­nics.

“We would like to ex­tend our appreciation to our min­istry and Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo for grant­ing us the fund­ing for the up­scal­ing and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of some of the projects and pur­chas­ing ma­chin­ery and lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment.

“More should be done to re­spond to STEM ini­tia­tive. If we do not in­vest in equip­ment tools, plat­forms and in­fra­struc­ture we run the risk of frus­trat­ing th­ese aca­demics which is detri­men­tal to na­tional de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

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