In his lecture, delivered at Midlands State University, on Thursday the 8th of March, 2017, in the University’s Multi-purpose Hall, Professor Moyo, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development, highlighted the country’s guiding vision, that of industrialization and modernization, as a means of bringing about socio-economic transformation. However, for this vision to be a reality, Professor Moyo said, there was a need to develop a sound knowledge and skills base, anchored in STEM as articulated in the STEM263 policy framework.
The role of higher and tertiary education, according to the Minister, should, therefore, be, to produce a knowledge and skills base that is ‘stematized’ and characterized by the production of technologists and engineers, who will help to turn the country’s industrialization and modernization aspirations into reality.
In his concluding remarks, the Minister called on institutions of higher and tertiary education to seriously rethink their mandates, using the country’s industrialization and modernization drive as a reference point.
After delivering his lecture, the Minister, also took the opportunity to tour Midlands State University’s Faculty of Medicine and the University Chapel, which is nearing completion. ‘The chapel is an important addition, to the University’s infrastructure’, said Professor Moyo.
Those who attended the public lecture included, the Principal Director, Academic Affairs (MHTESTD), Mr J. T. Dewah, MSU Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor V. N. Muzvidziwa, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Business and Administration, Professor, K. H. Wekwete, the Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Academic Affairs, Professor D. Z. Moyo and various members of the University community among them, Principal Officers, Faculty Executive Deans, staff, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and students. Also in attendance were the Acting Provincial Education Director in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr R. Mabhena, officials from sister colleges, and members of the public.