Reformed Church University (RCU) Vice Chancellor Professor Wiseman Magwa has said that universities and colleges are critical in the country’s economic recovery plan.
Speaking at a local conference in Masvingo recently where he was presenting an academic paper to the business community titled ‘the role of colleges and universities in local and regional economic development: a case of higher education institutions in Masvingo province, Zimbabwe’ , Prof Magwa told delegates that it was high time that tertiary institutions start activities such research and practical courses in order to generate knowledge which is critical in reviving the national economy.
“There is indeed need to focus on curriculum change so that our university and college graduates are practically oriented and are able to face the challenges of globalisation equipped with entrepreneurial skills. Tertiary institutions do not only teach theory but also impart knowledge on research, an essential ingredient in our bid to make ZIMASSET a success,” added Magwa.
He also urged tertiary institutions in Masvingo to be innovative and take advantage of the available resources and infrastructure to make a meaningful contribution to the economy.
“The development of several Universities in the country and the locally based institutions in Masvingo such as the Great Zimbabwe University, the Zimbabwe Open University regional office, the Masvingo Polytechnic, the Masvingo Teachers College, the Bondolfi Teachers College, the Morgenster Teachers college and now Reformed Church University have a significant role to play in the economic Development of Masvingo as a Province and Zimbabwe as a country,” added Magwa.
Prof Magwa highlighted that a stable economic environment is dependent on what institutions of higher learning can produce.