Gweru, Main Campus- On the 5th of April 2024, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor dr. Amon Murwira delivered a public lecture at Midlands State University.

Aimed to clarify the role of higher learning institutions in driving industrialisation through the implementation of heritage-based Education 5.0 and themed, “Catalysing Industrialisation through Heritage-based Education 5.0,” the event was attended by vice chancellors, college principals, government officials, industry leaders, traditional leaders, lecturers and students.

In his welcome remarks, MSU Vice Chancellor Professor Victor Muzvidziwa indicated the purpose was to showcase universities’ pivotal role in national development through heritage-based Education 5.0.

“The essence of this public lecture is to clarify the role of universities in driving our nation’s industrialisation and modernisation through the heritage-based Education 5.0,” indicated Professor Muzvidziwa.

Whilst inviting the Minister, Permanent Secretary – Professor Fanuel Tagwira described Professor Murwira as a champion of heritage-based Education 5.0.

Professor Tagwira explained that Education 5.0 transforms universities from producing job seekers to graduates who create jobs through goods and services.

“The Minister has championed the production of goods and services where our universities are now producing cooking oil, fruit juices, marula wine and many other things,” Professor Fanuel Tagwira indicated.

During the lecture, Professor Murwira underscored the importance of leveraging national knowledge and skills to meet basic needs.

“Our capabilities to use our heritage translates to our level of development,” remarked Professor dr. Murwira.

He further highlighted that heritage-based Education 5.0 is not only biased towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields but it cuts across all disciplines.

Since its commencement in 2019, the heritage-based Education 5.0 philosophy, has revitalized higher learning institutions as catalysts for socio-economic development in a knowledge-driven economy.

Following the address, a question-and-answer segment allowed participants to question Professor Murwira.

Students suggested a module teaching newly admitted students heritage-based Education 5.0 basics.

After the public lecture, Professor Murwira officiated the opening of MSU’s OD retail shop in Gweru CBD.

Heritage-based Education 5.0 has shifted mindsets towards production of goods and services for national dignity.

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