In a bid to benchmark in line with national, regional and international medical learning and teaching standards, Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) and Masvingo Provincial Hospital visited Midlands Provincial Hospital which serves as Midlands State University’s (MSU) the teaching hospital on the 31st of January 2023.
Speaking on behalf of the MSU Vice Chancellor; the Pro-Vice Chancellor-Research, Innovation and Industrialisation, Professor G. Mugumbate chronicled the journey of Midlands State University’s Medical School establishment and growth.
“When we started our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, we had a number of these visits.
“We moved from one institution to another; we moved from country to country just for us to learn and to see how other people are doing it so that we do it in a very professional and authentic manner,” highlighted Professor Mugumbate.
Birthed in 2015, Midlands State University’s Medical School has since been approved by all the country’s relevant regulatory boards including Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) and Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ).
Chief Director in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Rudhumbu, spoke on behalf of the Permanent Secretary and underscored the importance of benchmarking and knowledge-sharing across institutions of higher learning.
In his synopsis of the MSU Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Social Sciences, Executive Dean, Dr. Matchaba-Hove noted that the School is supported by high-tech modern learning and teaching facilities which are critical in moulding world-class medical practitioners.
He also highlighted the role played by the faculty in the launch of the much-acclaimed MSU National Pathology Research and Diagnostic Centre.
Great Zimbabwe University, Pro-Vice Chancellor-Academic Affairs, Research and Innovation, Professor Chimbari noted that the university’s Medical School has received invaluable knowledge from Midlands State University.
The visit ended with a tour of the Gweru Provincial Hospital.
Through its Medical School, Midlands State University supports the Government of Zimbabwe’s drive toward Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being of citizens.