Robert Mugabe University plans shelved

GOVERNMENT has temporarily shelved plans to construct a $1 billion university in honour of former President Robert Mugabe as it was not a priority at the moment, a Cabinet minister has said.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Higher and Tertiary Education minister Amon Murwira told NewsDay yesterday that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was yet to come up with an informed position on the proposed Robert Gabriel Mugabe University.

“We are studying the university concept so that we can come up with an informed decision or position on the university. At the moment, our focus is on Gwanda State University, Marondera University and Manicaland University,” he said.

“We need to come up with a clear concept on that project and see how we can take it up. At the moment, it is not a priority.

Yes, it was approved by Cabinet and we shall follow it through, but only after carefully looking at all modalities from funding to its thrust.”

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe and Murwira’s predecessor Jonathan Moyo were the brains behind the proposed Mugabe University.
The $1 billion university, to be built through a government grant, was to be situated at Mugabe’s private property in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central province.

The institution was to be administered by the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Foundation and the University of Zimbabwe, with key focus on the discovery of scientific, technological and engineering solutions.

In an unrelated matter, Murwira yesterday said government had not abandoned the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) programme initiated by Moyo, but it had modified the project by ditching the student scholarship to provision of learning accessories.

“Instead of us paying for one student, we believe that we should move in and provide accessories for schools and training institutions so that we train people on Stem programmes,” he said.

During Moyo’s tenure, government funded Advanced Level students doing Stem-related subjects, but Murwira said the programme would be changed so that resources are challenged towards provision of learning materials and training science teachers so that the beneficiary pool is enlarged.


12 Comments

  1. We dodnt need all those universities. Fix the economy first.

  2. Consolidation of existing tertiary education is more important than expansion which would dilute the already fragile teachng potential.

  3. Our government , its not surprising that tomorrow it will be different story. They indicate to turn right but turning left.

  4. Is the new Gvt still insisting that a person not doing sciences at varsity must have compulsory English, Maths and a Science and any 2 subjects at O-level?

  5. do we really need all those university considering the number of universities that we already have in zim? a sizeable number of students learn abroad under the so called presidential scholarship. fix UZ,MSU, HIT, CUT, LUPANE, and especially NUST (a ghost varsity for years). do not major in the minors to steal.

  6. That is a very wise decision for the moment. Concentrating on more important issues is better. What about children not attending school because parents can’t afford fees and uniforms?

  7. Comment…its a best idea to jump start the economy first

    Caesar

  8. Just forget about the whole University nonsense and shape the economy……….

  9. Disgrace I hope you are reading this and crying.

  10. Shelve the idea forever. The harm he did to the economy, political and social situation is so bad that it is an insult to those who suffered at his hands. The honours he has received so far are enough. The latest being the airport. What more????

  11. That university was a dumb idea in the first place!!! BUSE failed a ZIMCHE Audit and not a single person in Government waid a word.

    Fix the broke and broken institution first and completely forget about this nonesense

  12. all you want are landmarks for the man to just remind us of a bitter past thats what you wnat rename HIA IZVEZVI NDATOTSAMWA

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