The Faculty Engineering & Geosciences (formerly Faculty of Mining & Mineral Processing Engineering until 2019) was established in August 2015 to contribute to the industrialisation of Zimbabwe by providing requisite research and training in the pivotal arena of local value addition and beneficiation of Zimbabwe’s mineral resources. Presently the Faculty is offering five undergraduate programmes in three departments, namely BEng Mining Engineering Honours (Mining Engineering Department), BEng Metallurgical Engineering Honours and BEng Materials Engineering Honours (both in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department), BSc Applied Geology Honours and BSc Exploration Geophysics Honours (both in the Department of Geosciences). Two other departments, Mechanical Engineering and Fuels & Energy Engineering have already been set up and are expected to commence offering, respectively, BEng Mechanical Engineering Honours and BEng Fuels and Energy Engineering Honours during 2020. The Faculty currently has 34 teaching staff and 5 technicians and is currently recruiting to achieve the requisite staffing establishment.
The Faculty greatly values partnerships in research and development with local and international entities and the government to advance the sustainable exploitation and utilisation of Zimbabwe’s mineral and other resources for the country’s maximum equitable socio-economic benefit. For example, the Faculty staff are engaged in consultancies with some mining houses and secondments of staff to the industry are being organised. The Faculty is the lead institution in the current 2018-2020 Royal Academy of Engineering Higher Education Partnerships for Sub-Saharan Africa (HEP-SSA) project, involving 3 local universities, two industrial partners and 3 international universities and focussing on industrial minerals research. Deliberate inculcation of entrepreneurial fortitude coupled with business incubation facilities to support student enterprises, now core to MSU training philosophy, is mainstreamed in Faculty programs, as supported by the newly established incubation hub.
Additional partnerships are being sought to provide requisite infrastructure and equipment for our programmes in order to help effectively address the national critical skills shortages in engineering and science.