The Airforce of Zimbabwe is seeking collaboration with the Harare Institute of Technology in the areas of aircraft engineering and technology development. The Harare Institute of Technology is now the country’s leading technological institute, producing well trained graduates in different disciplines such as Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science, E-Commerce, and industrial Manufacturing among many other specialized areas of technological interests.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Wing Commander C. Nevanji, Deputy Director of the Airforce of Zimbabwe Engineering Department led a delegation of over 20 officers, technicians, and engineers on a familiarization visit to the Harare Institute of Technology last week.
The Wing Commander explained that the visit was meant to explore possible areas of cooperation and to upscale the relationship between the two organizations. Areas of potential collaboration cited include engineering and technology training with the two parties agreeing to pursue further discussions on customized training courses in military aviation, information security and information technology.
Wing Commander C. Nevanji further revealed that the Airforce of Zimbabwe has established a Research and Development Unit hence realizing the potential for further engagement and cooperation in engineering and technology projects.
Following a presentation on the Institute’s establishment, structural functions, mandate, and overall contribution to the nation by Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. T. Padenga, Institute Registrar – Mrs S. Samupindu, Dean in the School of Industrial Sciences and Technology -Mr P. Muredzi; the visiting delegation were shown some of the various Capstone Design Projects by HIT students and graduates during a tour of the campus’ departments, laboratories, workshops and Centres of Excellence.
Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr T. Padenga said the Harare Institute of Technology’s doors are open for collaboration with the Air Force of Zimbabwe on technology development, re-engineering, skills training projects that will enhance the industrialization of Zimbabwe.
HIT has fast become Zimbabwe’s international academic brand over the past ten years with the institute getting several recognitions from Asia and Europe’s prestigious universities such as the University of Ankara in Turkey, Seoul National University in South Korea, and Jerarwhal University of Technology in India.
On 28 March 2016, HIT entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Turgit Özal University of Ankara in Turkey that will run for five years.The international agreement is focused on strengthening cooperative relationships of both institutions and joint twinning in undergraduate degree programmes, graduate students exchange programmes, exchange programmes for teaching and administrative staff, joint research and development projects, cultural programmes, conferences and workshops, teaching projects and exchange of publications.
Both institutions intend to develop and maintain activities that will foster cooperation and enhance their students’ skills, staff and administrators, promoting the exchange of experience and knowledge. The two institutions also endeavor to develop alternative educational tools and models which promote excellence and applied training through internships, dual education, executive masters and doctoral degree programmes.
The two parties will also explore the exchange of teaching, research and technical personnel for workshops, seminars, conferences and joint research projects. Collaborations in the field of television, radio and publishing are also being considered as well as the exchange of information and scientific publications.
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