The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob F Mudenda has applauded Midlands State University students for their foresight and initiative in contributing to the development of the institution.

Addressing students and academics, during a stakeholder meeting with tertiary institutions, at Midlands State University, on Friday 17 March 2017, Advocate Mudenda said, he was happy to hear that students had taken a proactive role in contributing toward institutional development.

‘I have been elated to learn that, the students here voluntarily decided to contribute … towards the building fund, I have never heard about that, this is a first for the University, well done,’ he said.

Advocate Mudenda, noted that it was critical for institutions to take a deliberate and active role to mobilise resources for institutional development.

‘All institutions and indeed countries that must succeed must rely on domestic resource mobilisation and not external funding,’ he said.

Speaking on the side-lines of the stakeholder meeting, MSU Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Victor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa, appraised the Speaker of the National Assembly of the University’s current and future plans. Professor Muzvidziwa, emphasised that the University’s developmental and growth strategies as pronounced in its multi-campus approach, were underpinned by the institution’s commitment to provide quality education.

The stakeholder meeting, provided an opportunity for academics, students, civic society, journalists and members of the public to interact with the Speaker of the National Assembly as well as interrogate and better understand the mandate of parliament.

Advocate Mudenda also toured the University’s sports facilities, the Faculty of Medicine, student halls of residence as well as the new chapel, which is near completion as part of his visit

Among those who attended the meeting were, the Deputy Clerk of Parliament, Ms Hellen. B. Dingani, Executive Director of Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust; Mr John Makamure, Principal Manpower Planning and Development Officer, (MHTESTD), Mr Christopher Mudzingwa, MSU Pro Vice–Chancellor, Business Development and Administration, Professor Kadmiel H Wekwete, MSU Acting Pro Vice–Chancellor, Research and Academic Affairs, Professor Doreen Z Moyo, principals of sister colleges as well as members of the MSU Student Representative Council.

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