By Mthokozisi Dube
The call for tertiary institutions to focus on promoting industrialisation and modernisation under the education 5.0 thrust has found takers with the private sector chipping in to ensure the set objectives are achieved.
It is in this vein that Mimosa Mining Company has donated mining equipment to the Midlands State University (MSU)’s Faculty of Engineering and Geo-Sciences.
“We believe that by making such investments, Mimosa is investing in Zimbabwe’s future. It is this quest of providing equipment support for students to excel that has motivated us to partner with the MSU in the provision of training and research equipment in the form of microscopes,” said Mr Stephen Ndiyamba, Mimosa general manager.
Valued at US$130 thousand, the mining equipment will better prepare students to fully participate in the sector.
Acting MSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Alois Chiromo said, “We are a stakeholder-driven institution and it is through these partnerships that we are able to realize our vision. Today’s donation of modern equipment comprising six microscopes, one with an inbuilt camera and a seventh-generation iPad will go a long way in helping meet the needs of our engineering and geo-sciences students and staff by providing them the requisite equipment to carry out their research and practical studies.”
“On behalf of mining students, we would like to appreciate the donation which will change the face of our learning. Learning before the donation was difficulty and time consuming as we were sharing a few microscopes,” said Professor Chiromo.
Like other tertiary institutions, the MSU has been actively involved in the Covid-19 response strategy through manufacturing sanitizers while its incubation hub is expected to bring solutions to some of the country’s challenges.