MINISTER of State for Manicaland Province Christopher Mushohwe has called on mining companies to help in capacitating Manicaland State University.
The university, established last year, specialises in applied sciences with focus on chemical and mining engineering. It has so far enrolled 80 students in its two intakes.
Speaking during a site visit yesterday with University of Venda officials, Mushohwe said he was satisfied with the progress being made at the university.
“I think I am fairly satisfied with the progress given the fact that we started without a budget,” said Mushohwe, adding that funds were being taken from other projects to build the university.
“It’s nearly a year since this university has been established.
Structures were put up late last year and we had our second intake to bring all the students enrolled here to about 80.
“The mining sector, which is dominating the industry, now should join hands and support this university financially and materially so that our own children are trained here and they will work in our own mines here.
“We plead with the mining sector to find a partnership with this university so that it grows and help produce human capital within the mining sector in this country,” he said.
The university will also focus on metallurgy and geology once funding and proper infrastructure was put in place.
Mushohwe said he was pleased with the high number of female students enrolling at the university.
He said the co-operation with the South Africa-based University of Venda should see the university emerging as a force to reckon with in the region.
University of Venda vice-chancellor and principal Professor Peter Mbati said the collaboration with his institution would result in the exchange of students and the teaching staff that were scarce in the region.