The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology Development was impressed by the facilities and level of commitment demonstrated by Midlands State University to maintain a high standard in the delivery of quality education to its students.
This came out during the Committee’s visit to the University`s main campus in Gweru on Friday, the 20th of September, 2019. The visit was part of the Committee’s tour of institutions of higher learning in the southern part of the country, which also saw them visiting Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic, Lupane State University, Bulawayo Polytechnic, the National University of Science and Technology as well as Gwanda State University among other institutions.
At MSU, the Committee, accompanied by the University administration, toured various facilities including student halls of residence, sports facilities, lecture rooms, the chapel and the Incubation Hub.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology Development, Honourable Fortune Molokeli told MSU’s administration that the institution should now aim higher and work towards internationalisation in order to become part of the top 50 universities on the African continent.
“The Committee is very impressed. Aim even higher, rise to greater heights so that international students can flock to this institution just like they do with universities like Wits and UCT,” he said.
Midlands State University, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Victor Muzvidziwa said, the institution places a strong emphasis on issues of quality assurance, equity and inclusivity to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities. He also commended the Committee for undertaking assessment tours in order for them to gain a first-hand appreciation of the successes and challenges that characterise institutions of higher learning.
“The checks and balances such as those provided by our Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Higher Education, Science and Technology Development are critical in that they provide confidence in the university and higher education sector in our country and beyond,” said the Vice-Chancellor.
During the visit, representatives of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development, Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) and the Students Representative Council (SRC) also had the opportunity to present their views to the Committee.