Graduation 2019 Highlights

President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa and the National University of Science and Technology Vice Chancellor Professor Mqhele Dlodlo capped 2652 graduates at the NUST’s 25th Graduation Ceremony last week. The president, on the same day commissioned the NUST innovation hub and the ceremonial gate.

The chancellor, President Mnangagwa became the first graduate of the day as he was conferred with a Doctorate (Honoris Causa) in Philosophy of Education.

Delivering his keynote address during the graduation ceremony, President Mnangagwa urged all state universities to equip students with skills that will aid development of industries in the country.

“I urge NUST to churn out students that will be the bedrock of scientific, industrial and technological revolution. May NUST also strive to be a key contributor to speedy attainment of modernization which is in parallel with the vision 2030,” said the President.

Vision 2030 is a strategic road map to guide the country to achieve its goals of sustainable development and prosperity by 2030. The comprehensive vision of the national development plan is to see Zimbabwe achieving the desired upper middle-income economy status by 2030.

The president offered encouragement to NUST graduates.

“As you go, strive to be trail blazers, problems solvers in your various communities, be brave and be bold no matter the challenges you face,” he said.

Furthermore, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mqhele Dlodlo, also shared his words of strength and encouragement to graduates as they left the portals of the university.

“Pursue academic excellency with integrity and ethical behaviour, thrive in working together to achieve great things,” Professor Dlodlo said.

The day also saw the official opening of the Innovation Hub and the ceremonial gate. The ceremonies were presided over by the president.

NUST’s innovation hub will incubate brilliant ideas from students and staff before they are developed into new business enterprises or supporting existing ones.

The innovation hub is a strategic business unit (SBU) of NUST that systematically strives to position itself at the interface between the research and innovation efforts of the university community on one hand and the private and public sectors in the country on the other hand.

The innovation hub will also house the university’s pacesetters, including the Applied Genetic Testing Centre (AGTC), popularly known as the DNA lab, which is already involved in ground breaking national projects.

President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe needs innovative minds and disruptive thinkers who will aim to transform the economy. He further went on to say the government is committed to support innovative ideas around state universities in Zimbabwe.

The President also officially opened the NUST gatehouse, a project which was sponsored by an alumnus led organisation.

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