The Commonwealth Lawyers Association has held talks with the Midlands State University`s Faculty of Law with the aim of identifying possible areas of cooperation between the two institutions.
The talks were held during a visit to the University`s Gweru Main Campus by the president of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association Mr Brian Speers on the 19th of August, 2019. He was accompanied by the Co-Patron of the Midlands State University Fund Raising Committee Mrs Sekai Holland as well as officials from the National Peace Trust.
In his welcome remarks, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Kadmiel Wekwete expressed optimism that the visit will unlock new opportunities such as collaborations, partnerships and internationalisation which are a key part of the University`s strategic plan.
‘In particular, internationalisation is very important because as you know, it is one of the very key elements in terms of ranking of any university. We are cognisant that global partnerships will give us much needed intellectual, technical and material infrastructure in areas which are very critical for our development,’ he said.
The delegation visited the Gender Institute where the Acting Director, Professor Irene Muzvidziwa delivered a brief presentation on the operations of the Institute. The delegation also met with the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Dr Gift Manyatera, who expressed the Faculty’s willingness to establish a working relationship with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, saying this will put the University on the global map.
‘Once we have established all the possible areas of cooperation, we can then as the Faculty of Law tap into your network and expertise to access external examiners for instance,’ said Dr Manyatera.
Mr Speers said he is impressed with the high standards at the Faculty of Law saying there is a need to look at mutual recognition of law qualifications so that MSU graduates can easily practice in commonwealth countries.
‘It’s really good to see that law is well done in Zimbabwe and that should inspire the future generations in the profession.’
During the visit, various departmental representatives delivered presentations to enhance Mr Speers` appreciation of what the University has to offer outside the Faculty of Law.