HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo and his counterpart from South Sudan, John Gai Yoh, yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement that will see the two countries co-operate in human capital development in universities and other tertiary institutions.
by Everson Mushava
The agreement will see the two countries establish co-operation and collaboration between universities, research institutions, polytechnics, teacher education colleges and research teams, training and development of lecturers and researchers, exchange of information and experiences and special education needs.
Early childhood development will also be included and development of efficient management and quality assurance systems.
Speaking after the signing ceremony in Harare, Moyo said Zimbabwe and South Sudan having the same colonial history, would benefit immensely from the agreement.
“ . . . this bilateral collaboration will strengthen the capacities of higher and tertiary education, science and technology development in both countries,” he said.
Moyo, whose ministry is driving a programme to promote the study of science subjects in schools and universities, said the exchange programme would mainly target science and technology areas.
He said the two countries had already found one area of co-operation — teacher training — which Zimbabwe had developed over the past 35 years since its independence.
Moyo’s South Sudanese counterpart, Yoh, said the beneficiaries of the exchange programme between the two countries would be selected by special committees, while universities also reserved their right to choose suitable candidates.
He said the programme would be rolled out as soon as possible.
“Already, we have over 200 South Sudanese students in Zimbabwe. The programme will start as soon as possible. The number of students on the exchange programme will not be substantial because of limitations in resources,” Yoh said.