In a development aimed at empowering communities through research, the Midlands State University is set to establish a multidisciplinary research centre at Tokwe Mukorsi Dam. The research centre will focus on aquaculture, climate change, tourism, natural resources management as well as management of water bodies.
The envisioned resource centre is in line with the Midlands State University, Acting Vice Chancellor Professor V N Muzvidziwa’s vision of enhancing the University’s contribution to national development through relevant and practical research.
The Tokwe Mukorsi dam area, is ideal for setting up the multi-disciplinary research centre as the area has been designated a tourism hub, national game park and a major fishing zone. Government through the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority also plans to open a new mega-national park around Tokwe Mukorsi dam with wildlife expected to be translocated from other local wildlife sanctuaries. The University’s department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies will partner the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in the development.
The MSU Executive Dean of Arts, Dr T Mashingaidze commended the University for prioritising research issues, noting that the resource centre is a product of the University’s vision to provide life-saving information and resources, which dovetails with the mandate of the institution, which among other things includes ensuring that students get quality education through demand driven research.
Speaking during a site visit to Tokwe Mukorsi dam by members of the University community on Thursday the 11th of January 2018, Zvishavane Acting Campus Director Professor A Viriri highlighted that as a stakeholder-driven institution, MSU continues to value partnerships aimed at enhancing the welfare of its principal stakeholder, the student.