The 2017 academic year got off to a roaring start at the Midlands State University’s Zvishavane Campus as a large number of new students turned up for orientation.
From Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 February, the University campus was a hive of activity, with new students participating in a number of activities including registration and induction into life at Zimbabwe’s premier University.
Addressing students and parents who attended the orientation programme at the Zvishavane Campus, Campus Director, Professor Advice Viriri, urged students to study broadly and take intellectual chances during their stay at MSU.
“Midlands State University encourages students to take intellectual risks and to further their scholarly adventure by being creative and innovative”, said Professor Viriri.
The Campus Director went on to provide insights to the new students, noting that the campus was teeming with activities, such as student organisations and sports. The Director also highlighted that the Zvishavane community as a whole was warm and welcoming and urged students to undertake community service programmes.
As part of their induction and orientation, students at the Zvishavane campus were taken on a tour of University facilities including a state-of-the-art library, computer resource centres, the student canteen, lecture rooms and student halls of residence. The orientation programme also gave new students an opportunity to meet members of the University’s Student Representative Council (SRC), who are responsible for championing the welfare of the entire student body.
Meanwhile, the opening of the MSU Zvishavane Campus has revived the mining town of Zvishavane, which had taken a knock when asbestos miner, Shabanie Mine folded in 2008, with the University having become the hub of business in Zvishavane.