Midlands State University’s Faculty of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering recently participated in the Association of Metallurgical Laboratory Managers’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) where universities were urged to partner industry as a way of helping to alleviate graduate unemployment in the country.

Speaking at the Association’s AGM at Leopard Rock Hotel in Vumba, the Chairperson and Mimosa Mining Company Laboratory Manager, Mr B. Nyathi called on universities to partner the mining industry, saying it will go some way towards addressing the graduate unemployment situation facing the country by producing graduates who are suited for the job market.

‘Given the high rate of unemployed graduates, it is important to adopt public-private partnerships especially in the training of graduates … industry and universities must work together to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of industry so that graduates leave university ready for work’, he said.

Mr Nyathi further noted that ‘when this is effectively done with each one of them leveraging its comparative advantage, then the challenge of graduate unemployment will be addressed’.

He also urged the mining industry to partner government in trying to solve the unemployment problem in the country as opposed to leaving it solely to the government to resolve.

Midlands State University is a member of the Association of Metallurgical Laboratory Managers.

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