In keeping with COVID-19 prevention measures of observing social distancing, the Midlands State University’s Research and Postgraduate Studies Office conducted a virtual orientation programme for the newly registered MPhil and DPhil students on the 13th of May 2021.

In his welcome remarks, the Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Academic Affairs, Professor Alois S. Chiromo urged the students to conduct research that proffers solutions to the various socio-economic challenges that are affecting Zimbabwe and the world. He cited  the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the challenges that requires extensive research on how to combat it.

The orientation programme was spearheaded by the Executive Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Professor Laurine Chikoko who gave  students  guidelines for postgraduate studies and how to conduct research. Professor Chikoko added that the students should submit progress reports that inform their various departments on the progress of their research, and also assured students that the University would give them all the support they require during their period of study.

Dr. Munyaradzi Shumba, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, was among those who participated in the virtual programme. In his presentation, Dr. Shumba emphasised on the importance of supervision and the role of supervisors during the research period. “Supervisor-supervisee relationship is very important to the evolution of your research project.” he said.

Among those who attended the orientation included the Deputy Registrar, Academic Affairs, Dr Kudzaishe Mudzingwa who emphasised the importance of registration and, the Sub Librarian, Mr Ephraim Makeke, who highlighted the availability of Library E-resources. The orientation programme was also attended by Executive Deans of Faculties and Executive Directors.

In his closing remarks, Dr  Upenyu Guyo, the Deputy Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies, emphasised the importance of knowing the General Academic Regulations for MPhil and DPhil degrees and that it was mandatory to attend the various scheduled workshops for postgraduate students.

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