In continued pursuit of strengthening teaching systems, the Midlands State University recently commissioned state-of-the art equipment for the Faculty of Science and Technology.
The equipment consists of a Themogravimetric Analyser and a Differential Scanning Calorimeter that were purchased from Advance Lab Solutions, a South African based company. The themogravimetric analyser is critical in studying thermal properties of materials such as drugs and polymers. Midlands State University is the first tertiary institution in Zimbabwe to acquire this piece of equipment.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the MSU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Business Development and Administration, Professor Kadmiel H. Wekwete said, “The University is fully committed to strengthening teaching systems through procurement of latest ideal technology to ensure we produce a complete and polished graduate, competent to solve challenges of the 21st century.”
The Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr A Nechibvute said, “the equipment which is critical in both basic and applied research, will also be used in industrial consultancy services especially in industries manufacturing pharmaceuticals.”
The commissioning ceremony comes barely a fortnight following the commissioning of newly acquired equipment for the Faculty of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering in Zvishavane as Midlands State University continues to complement government efforts in beneficiation and value addition through creating research centers of excellence, which are open both to students and the industry.
The newly commissioned equipment was complemented by a weeklong installation and training of MSU technical staff by Mr. Ross Burnham, the Branch Manager for Advanced Lab Solutions.
In attendance at the ceremony were departmental chairpersons and staff from the Faculty of Science