2020 has began on a high note for Midlands State University as the Tugwi Mukosi Multidisciplinary Research Institute (TMMRI) successfully signed a memorandum of understanding with Aquaculture Zimbabwe, Chivi Rural District Council (CRDC) and Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation (JHWO) at colourful ceremony held on the 25th of January 2020 at the University’s Gweru main campus.
MSU Tugwi-Mukosi Multidisciplinary Research Institute (MSU -TMMRI) was established in 2018 to generate and disseminate continuously valid information on the social, economic, political, industrial and environmental impact of the dam on society.
Standing in for the Midlands State University Vice-Chancellor, Professor V. N. Muzvidziwa, the Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Ms N. P. Chibanda applauded Aquaculture Zimbabwe, Chivi Rural District Council and Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation for partnering the University and expressed the institution’s desire to create a long-lasting partnership with them.
“I want to thank all our partners who are here to sign this Memorandum of Understanding. I must highlight that it is a huge step in the right direction as it complements one of the University’s key mandates, that of Research and we hope that this relationship will be safeguarded and developed for a very long time.”
Addressing the strategic partners who were present to sign the MoU, the Acting Director of the TMMRI Professor Jephias Matunhu, said the institution was eager to connect with corporate organisations and individuals that are committed to improving livelihoods through collaborative research.
“MSU is glad to keep engaging partners with the same vision to ensure that there is real development and to better people’s lives in Zimbabwe and beyond our borders.”
Aquaculture Zimbabwe, Finance and Administration Manager, Mr Dalubuhle Sibanda emphasised the importance of research and the utilisation of technology as an integral part of human development.
“Aquaculture is very happy to enter into this partnership and it is critical to know that research is an important part of solving local problems with local solutions through the effective use of modern technologies. So, as an institution we do not doubt that this newly found friendship will help us venture into uncharted waters and work full throttle to improve livelihoods,” he said.
The Memorandum of Understanding was also applauded by the Chivi Rural District Council and Jointed Hands Welfare Organization who pledged to honour the strategic partnership with dignity and pride for the betterment of the people of Zimbabwe and beyond.
Among those who attended signing ceremony were the MSU Registrar, Mr Tinashe Zishiri, Zvishavane Campus Director, Professor A. Viriri and various other members of the University community.