Train grad­u­ates to drive 2030 vision, says Pres­i­dent

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba Bu­l­awayo Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa yes­ter­day urged the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (NUST) to con­tinue churn­ing out grad­u­ates with skills and knowl­edge to drive the coun­try’s vision to achieve an up­per mid­dle-in­come econ­omy by 2030.

Speak­ing at the univer­sity’s 24th grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony where he capped 2 507 grad­u­ates and was also in­stalled the Chan­cel­lor, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa re­it­er­ated the need for NUST to con­tinue train­ing grad­u­ates who can trans­form the coun­try’s eco­nomic, sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal land­scape.

Pro­fes­sor Mqhele Dlodlo was in­stalled as the Vice Chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity dur­ing the same cer­e­mony.

“Sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy are key driv­ers of de­vel­op­ment and they un­der­pin eco­nomic ad­vance­ments in mod­ern so­ci­eties.

“As NUST, the im­per­a­tive for Nust to rise to the oc­ca­sion of its man­date and statu­tory obli­ga­tion is even greater now as we seek to in­dus­tri­alise and mod­ernise all sec­tors of the econ­omy,” said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

He said NUST had a clear man­date to spearhead the de­vel­op­ment of hu­man cap­i­tal for in­dus­trial and so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion through sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy-based so­lu­tions.

“NUST was there­fore es­tab­lished to be the epi­cen­tre of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy cadreship in the coun­try.

“The cen­tral­ity and ben­e­fits that flow from the tech­no­log­i­cal evo­lu­tion, in an in­creas­ingly con­nected and knowl­edge-in­ten­sive world, must be seized by in­sti­tu­tions such as NUST,” said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

He added that the lit­mus test for the quality and ef­fec­tive­ness of any univer­sity’s teach­ing is in the num­ber of in­no­va­tive and trans­for­ma­tive so­lu­tions they pro­vide to so­ci­ety.

“Uni­ver­si­ties should be pri­mar­ily con­cerned with the value ad­di­tion their grad­u­ates make to­wards the de­vel­op­men­tal tra­jec­tory of our na­tion.

“I en­cour­age NUST not to de­vi­ate from its man­date as it is the bedrock for new busi­ness mod­els, in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy. The univer­sity must ap­pro­pri­ately re­spond to re­gional and global de­vel­op­ments cou­pled with our present na­tional fo­cus of de­vel­op­ing new learn­ing mod­ules,” said the Pres­i­dent.

To the grad­uands, he said; “You have been aca­dem­i­cally em­pow­ered with knowl­edge and skills to ad­e­quately play your part in build­ing the Sec­ond Re­pub­lic. My Govern­ment ex­horts all the sec­tors of the econ­omy to be more pro­duc­tive and tar­get-ori­ented in our bid to grow our econ­omy by 2030.”

He urged grad­u­ates to de­velop and com­mer­cialise req­ui­site vac­cines, her­bi­cides, pes­ti­cides and other chem­i­cals for an­i­mal and plant life.

The Pres­i­dent said Govern­ment was con­cerned with the slow pace of in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment at NUST and promised to fa­cil­i­tate the speedy growth of the univer­sity.

“I also in­vite the cor­po­rate world to part­ner with the Govern­ment in trans­form­ing the face and breadth of stud­ies in our var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

“To­gether we can change our in­sti­tu­tions into world class col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, with grad­u­ate out­puts for both lo­cal and global up­take,” said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

In his ad­dress, Prof Dlodlo af­firmed the univer­sity’s readi­ness to ac­cel­er­ate part­ner­ships with in­dus­try and the pub­lic sec­tor to bring about eco­nomic free­dom for the na­tion.

“We’re com­mit­ted to con­tinue find­ing now so­lu­tions that are glob­ally in­com­pa­ra­ble yet lo­cally rel­e­vant and ap­pro­pri­ate. The op­por­tu­ni­ties are mind bog­gling.

“NUST is not just open for busi­ness but it’s in busi­ness, pro­duc­ing mar­ket ready prod­ucts of the high­est quality fit for pur­pose. We pro­duce well ed­u­cated minds and so­lu­tions,” said Prof Dlodlo.

Yes­ter­day’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was also at­tended by the Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment, Pro­fes­sor Amon Mur­wira, Min­is­ter of State for Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Ju­dith Ncube, Nust chair­per­son Am­bas­sador Zenzo Nsimbi, se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials, other Vice Chan­cel­lors and se­nior of­fi­cials at Nust.

No­table peo­ple who grad­u­ated yes­ter­day in­clude ZANU-PF Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for fi­nance Cde Mlungisi Moyo, Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Mr Farai Maku­vaza, Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent Andile Tshuma and for­mer Chron­i­cle in­terns Allen Khumalo and Cyn­thia Dube.

Af­ter the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa vis­ited for­mer NUST Vice Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Phineas Makhu­rane, who is not feel­ing well, at his home in Four­winds sub­urb.

— (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Chan­cel­lor Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa caps Chron­i­cle re­porter Andile Tshuma, who grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence Hon­ours De­gree in Jour­nal­ism and Me­dia Stud­ies.

Prof Dlodlo

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