Government, through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has urged young academics to take the lead in Zimbabwe’s technological revolution through strategic alliances and futuristic initiatives; as the country heads towards industrialisation.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Speaking at a reception to honour over 60 Harare Institute of Technology staff development fellows who completed their studies in India, the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Honourable Dr Godfrey Gandawa urged the staff development fellows to use the acquired skills not only in the lecture room but to help industry improve and resuscitate.
“We must, deliberately prepare future generations for the jobs of the future whose form, essence and attributes will be fundamentally different from those of the jobs of today. Such jobs will be characterized with sets of competencies and skills, which are yet to emerge. Thus, the training programmes that we design and teach must be futuristic, focusing on teaching and training future skills rather than to remain focusing on the rear view mirror of the world of work. Like any other developing economies, Zimbabwe’s future industrialization will reside in data management and technological advances and the staff we have here today must be the drivers of that agenda,” he said.
Dr Gandawa expressed his congratulations to HIT for embarking on a robust programme of capacity building to its human capital base. “This programme is in sync with our STEM programme and the various national and international initiatives that we subscribe to, and have embarked on as a government,” he said.
Dr Gandawa called on the Institute to devise and come up with robust innovations on what and how to produce products that are competitive on the global market. “Coming up with such innovations demands adoption of a positive attitude and an increased level of preparedness by government and institutions of higher learning towards investing in research –based science and technology. To this end, investing in strategic human capital is of paramount importance. The Institute was also commended for sticking to its mandate of technology development, incubation, transfer and commercialization, thereby providing for the promotion of research, planning and development of human resources as enunciated in the Manpower Planning and Development Act.
The human capital must be stemitic, like we see here today, where the staff development fellows attained qualifications in major disciplines of science such as Genetic Engineering, Engineering Design, Bioinformatics, Electronic Engineering and Machine Design, Instrumentation and Controls, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Big Data, Internet of Things, Software Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, Plant and Process design Engineering, Cloud Computing, Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Information Security and Cyber Forensics, and Cyber Security, among other areas of specialization,” said Honourable Dr Gandawa.
“We thank the Government and people of India for the noble initiative of enrolling Zimbabweans and in particular Harare Institute of Technology staff in their institutions and allowing them to pay subsidised tuition fees. This is a clear demonstration of the benefits that are accruing to our nation as a result of our Look East policy. We greatly appreciate the support that has been extended to our people and the continued zeal of the Indian government to transfer technology and knowledge to the people of Zimbabwe. I reaffirm the commitment of the Zimbabwean Government to further broaden the scope of our cooperation,” said Honourable Dr Gandawa.
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