Gweru– 6977 students last week graduated at the 19th graduation ceremony of the Midlands State University, marking the Institution‘s largest graduation gathering in the history of MSU.
Speaking at the event MSU Vice chancellor Victor Muzvidziwa said the university was aimed to excel in quality, research, innovations and technology transfer in line with the national thrust of innovation that cushions industrialization.
“We have 6977 graduents, 3348 are females while 3629 are males .989 students graduated with masters’ degrees while 3 were awarded Doctorates in Philosophy degrees. 100 students are international drawn from Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Sudan and Mozambique
“This is by far the largest graduation gathering in the history of MSU .the graduation of international students is evidence that we have gradually spread our wings in our internationalization efforts,” said Muzvidziwa.
He added that the institution had key pillars in its strategic plan through community engagement, collaborations and partnerships.
“In our strategic plan community engagement and collaborations are pillars .in pursuit of this goal the faculty of mining and Mineral Processing Engineering partnered the World Bank for a lecture on innovative technologies in a small scale mining as a business.
“The partnership is part of ongoing efforts by the world bank to support engineering professionals, academics and students with knowledge transfer partnerships more so the faculty of Natural Resources Management and Agriculture is working on introducing climate smart crops and has started with quinoa (a grain crop) which is being introduced in Matabeleland through a project funded by the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund.
“Quinoa contains proteins ,essential amino acids and vitamins superior to those in any other cereals .the UN general assembly declared 2013 the international year of Quinoa hence when finally introduced to our farming systems, quinoa should bring in diversity and resilience needed in changing climate,” said Muzvidziwa.