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President caps 958 at LSU

16 Nov, 2019 - 00:11 0 Views
President caps 958 at LSU Lupane State University graduates celebrate during their graduation ceremony yesterday. — Picture: Elliah Saushoma

The Herald

Nqobile Tshili

Bulawayo Bureau

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday conferred degrees and certificates to 958 graduates at Lupane State University’s (LSU) 10th graduation ceremony in Lupane, Matabeleland North.

The graduates were drawn from the faculties of Commerce, Agricultural Sciences and Humanities, and Social Sciences.

From the total number of the graduates, 56 percent were females.

In his key note address, LSU Vice Chancellor Professor Pardon Kuipa said the university will continue to strive to align itself with Government’s national thrust of industrialising and modernising the country through innovation at higher and tertiary institutions.

He said LSU will align itself with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industry 4.0 as pursued by industrialists.

“The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development has redesigned the higher and tertiary education system in Zimbabwe by introducing the Education 5.0 framework which places requirement on institutions to innovate and create new products, services, and enterprises,” he said.

“LSU intends to actualise Education 5.0 by supporting enterprises through applied research and creation of research and learning environments for continuous piloting of new technologies, social enterprises and preparation of new business models based on industry 4.0.”

Prof Kuipa said the relocation of LSU to its main campus gave life to the rather sleepy Lupane, the Matabeleland North provincial capital.

He said the university will continue to partner with the private sector under the Public Private Partnerships for the development of the university’s infrastructure.

“We believe that through these partnerships, the university will be able to actualise its Campus Development Master Plan,” said Prof Kuipa.

“This academic year, the university has used long-term loan to finance the construction of a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences teaching and learning block, and works have commenced.

“In the meantime, we have put up pre-fabricated structures in order to alleviate teaching and learning shortages.”

Prof Kuipa challenged LSU 2019 graduating class to come up with solutions to solve problems affecting the nation.

“Please, create employment for those who were less fortunate than you and could not attend university,” he said.

“Use your knowledge and skills to solve societal and community problems. I challenge you to be of service to your communities.”

Prof Kuipa appealed to Government to continue improving conditions of service for its employees as witnessed by the awarding of various cushioning allowances and salary increment.

He said the university required an enabling environment for academics to flourish. Among the graduates were Sunday News news editor Gabriel Masvora and the publication’s senior sports reporter Mehluli Sibanda.

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