The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Development, Professor Amon Murwira has applauded Midlands State University for being the first state University to hold a stakeholder interface meeting in compliance with the dictates of the Zimbabwe public sector corporate governance guidelines.
Speaking on Saturday the 25th of August 2018, at the second edition of the Midlands State University’s annual stakeholder interface meeting held at the University’s Main Campus in Gweru, Professor Murwira said, Midlands State University was moving in the right direction in terms of corporate governance.
Addressing stakeholders who attended the interface, among them captains of industry and commerce, members of the media fraternity, officials from various government ministries, local authorities, community representatives, representatives of parents and guardians, students, staff and alumni; the Minister underscored the need to transform education into goods and services as part of the country’s industrialisation and modernisation efforts. Consequently, his Ministry has been preoccupied with re-configuring the country’s higher education system to ensure that it produces goods and services.
‘Our hallmark as a Ministry is a programmatic approach … our plan has been mainly to reconfigure the higher and tertiary education system so that it delivers what we want, which is goods and services’, said the Minister.
The interface meeting provided an opportunity for stakeholders to get important insight into developments that took place within the University during the 2017 reporting period. The University’s financial statements were also presented during the interface meeting and the University had an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from stakeholders in relation to its financial position as well as overall performance.
In his remarks, Midlands State University Chairman of Council, Engineer Caleb Makwiranzou said as a stakeholder-driven University, feedback from stakeholders was important in informing the University’s operational and growth strategies.
‘We are a strong stakeholder-driven institution and we value regular conversations with our stakeholders and therefore, we are interested in the feedback from our stakeholders’, said Engineer Makwiranzou.
Midlands State University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Victor Muzvidziwa said while the University has grown tremendously over the years, it has remained faithful to the vision of its founders, among them His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chancellor of Midlands State University, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa who was instrumental in the establishment of the University. He also attributed the University’s current and future development to its principal stakeholders the students.
‘Students are the most important resource base that will take us to the promised land,’ said the Vice-Chancellor.
The Stakeholder Interface meeting is an annual event on the Midlands State University calendar.
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