ZIMBABWE’S leading fixed phone operator TelOne has introduced a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree in Telecommunication Engineering which is set promote innovation in the economy.
Officially launching the degree jointly created by TelOne through its TelOne Centre For Learning (TCFL) and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Government the degree will not only be of value to students but to the economy as we as it addresses the issue of brain drain and massive skill importation from other countries.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
“As a country we want to continue to find ways to make our education more practical and the knowledge generated more applicable.
“We are confident that the launch of this Telecommunications Engineering Degree will bring this dream to reality as TelOne will not only bring their industry expertise to enhance the teaching but will also provide a practise ground for the students as well as avail practical challenges that can innovation among the students,” he said.
He also said government has continued to promote harmonious relationships across all the sectors.
“Government has continued to encourage synergistic relationships across sectors as a way to harness the respective industries’ values for the development of the country,” he said.
“It is an instance like today that we want to magnify for the whole country to see the huge opportunities that partnerships can unlock for Zimbabwe. As NUST and TelOne centre for learning launch their degree programme, it is the convergence of academic and industry expertise that I specifically want to applaud.”
Speaking at the same occasion, ICT Postal and Courier Services minister Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira said this programme will capacitate TelOne to declare dividends to the government.
“As a shareholder, I always want to see entities under my purview creating value for Government.
Representing Nust’s Acting Vice Chancellor Professor S Sibanda, Prof Dumisani Hlatshwayo said they once rejected TCFL’s proposal to start a degree programme.
“In 2010, TelOne came to us with a proposal to have a degree programme which specifically trained TelOne staff only. But we rejected it in November 2010 and recommended that TelOne should support other companies,” he said.
The degree programme is completed in five years and over 40 students have enrolled for it.