The Chinhoyi University of Technology Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, Zimbabwe’s representative at the 2011 SIFE World Cup held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, came second in the tightly contested competition involving 37 countries from across the globe.
Germany emerged the 2011 SIFE champions while the team from Puerto Rico claimed third prize.
SIFE is operational in over 40 countries worldwide. It is an international association of young entrepreneurial leaders who bring their talents together to positively empower communities through education and imparting of skills.
Every SIFE team, considering the relevant economic, social and environmental factors, empowers people with a clear need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.
The Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) team presented their projects in Chivi, Chivhu and Kenzamba.
The CUT SIFE team competed in a tough opening round which included the two-time world champions, Egypt.
CUT qualified for the semi-finals and competed against South Africa, China and Singapore. Zimbabwe proceeded to the final round of the competition and claimed second place.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said:
“The success of our innovation agenda will depend on our ability to value openness to embrace critical thinking and to encourage risk-taking and experimentation because we all get things wrong before we get them right. The students who graduate from SIFE programmes are exactly the type of quality graduates prized by organisations everywhere in the world.”
The vice-chancellor of CUT, Professor David Simbi, said he was thrilled by the team’s sterling performance.
Simbi said: “The CUT SIFE team has done the nation proud and deserves recognition from all of us here in Zimbabwe. The outstanding performance effectively puts Zimbabwe on the global tertiary education market. As a team, we should now work towards clinching the championship title.”
The CUT team is led by Musekiwa Clinton Tapera, the director of marketing and public relations and Chenjerai Muchenje, the team’s faculty adviser.
The team members representing the CUT SIFE family include Daryl Ndoro, Michael Musori, Cynthia Manyonga, Yvette Mberi, Gerald Chikazhe, Maureen Makhaza, Maven Masara, Chipo Nyagweta, Ngonidzashe Chimusoro and Chengetai Chitima.