UZ still top university – study

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The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is still perceived as the best institution of higher learning in the country, a recent study has shown.

According to research by Industrial Psychology Consultants, titled What Employers Look For In Prospective Employees, released last week, employers rated the UZ as the country’s best university.

The report said 72% of prospective employers believe UZ churns out the best graduates.

According to the report, the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) trails behind at 17%, Midlands State University (7%) and the privately-run Africa University (3%).

“Most of the respondents, 72%, said they preferred graduates from the University of Zimbabwe.

“The University of Zimbabwe is the largest in Zimbabwe with an enrolment in excess of 12 000 students.

“Many employers themselves have passed through one or more of the university’s programmes, in the process developing a confidence in the programmes and graduates from UZ.

“Similarly so, as evidenced by the result, the National University of Science and Technology has produced quality graduates who are preferred by industry,” the report said.

According to the research, the majority of employers, about 52%, said they preferred locally-trained graduates, 7% preferred South African-trained graduates and 41% said they had no preferences.

“European organisations on the other hand have broader international outlook and require their staff to embrace the same – moving forward this is the route Zimbabwean organisations must embrace,” reads part of the report said.