Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mt Camel Institute of South Africa in a partnership that will culminate in the introduction of new degree programmes.
The partnership would also see Realtor Arosume Property Development extend technical assistance to CUT towards construction of staff houses and a state-of-the-art athletics arena.
Speaking at the signing ceremony on Wednesday, CUT vice-chancellor Professor David Simbi said all State universities in the country were facing resource constraints and needed to enter into public-private partnerships (PPPs) to ensure growth and viability.
“In pursuit of the government thrust of PPPs, CUT entered into an agreement with Mt Camel that we hope would help in resource mobilisation and enhancement of our academic products starting with a Master of Business Intelligence, which we hope would pass the Zimbabwe Higher Education Council’s rigorous standards control litmus tests,” said Simbi.
Mt Camel Institute chairman and Arosume Property Development chief executive Dr Manson Mnaba said CUT would benefit immensely from the deal that would enable local academics publish e-journals, stem brain-drain by introducing housing incentive to staff and build an athletics arena.
“With enhanced synergies we can customise relevant products for the market. Zimbabwe has skills and confidence, but what we need is resource mobilisation and directing those resources where they are most needed,” said Mnaba.