The government has announced plans to convert Kwekwe Polytechnic College into a State university.
Tertiary and Higher Education minister Stan Mudenge told graduands at the institution’s 28th graduation ceremony in Kwekwe last Friday he would soon approach Parliament to ensure that an Act was passed for the college to be converted into a university.
“We in the ministry believe that you are now ready to go to stage three, where you are now ready to offer your own degrees. We are working with the administration here to ensure that you have the requisite staff and equipment . . . we are ready to go to Parliament to pass an Act of Parliament establishing Kwekwe Polytechnic College as a university that offers its own degrees,” said Mudenge.
The college is already offering a Bachelor of Technology degree in partnership with the National University of Science and Technology (Nust), in addition to its National Certificate and Higher National Diploma in various disciplines.
College principal Joice Mbudzi said the college being elevated to a university was a positive move although this was still at policy level.
“We cannot say much because this is still policy in the ministry, but we are excited that the ministry is considering such a move,” said Mbudzi.
The college recorded a massive increase of graduands this year from 566 who were capped last year to 806 this year.
Total enrolment has also gone up from 2 058 to 2 444, an increase the principal attributed to an improvement in the economic conditions and cadetship scheme which he said catered for 70% of the students enrolled at the college.