$1 Billion Approved For R.G Mugabe University Establishment
Cabinet has approved the establishment of The Robert Gabriel Mugabe University which will be situated in the Mazowe District of Mashonaland Central together with a grant to the tune of $1 billion towards the construction.
The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo told journalists during a media briefing this morning that The R G Mugabe University, will be the first STEM institution, designed to facilitate the discovery of scientific, technology and engineering solutions.
“The Ministry is pleased to advise that Cabinet has approved the establishment of The Robert Gabriel Mugabe University to be situated 36 kilometers North West of Harare in Mazoe District, Mashonaland central. The Responsible Authority of the University is the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Foundation, whose founding Trustees are his Excellency the President, Cde RG Mugabe and the First Lady, Amai Dr Grace Mugabe.
“The RG Mugabe University will be a STEM institution designed to facilitate the discovery of scientific, technological and engineering solutions to improve the quality of life of our country and humanity.
“Cabinet approved a grant of $800 million towards the construction of the RG Mugabe University and a grant of $200 million towards the establishment of the University’s Endowment Fund for Research and Innovation,” said Professor Moyo.
He added that the RG Mugabe University will concentrate on critical STEM areas almost exclusively at graduate level to produce super specialists who will champion Zimbabwe’s industrialization and modernization for sustainable socio-economic transformation and development.
Professor Moyo said the establishment of the R G Mugabe University is a significance of President Mugabe’s commitment to the education sector and the promotion of information communication technology.
The establishment of the University will be incubated by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) through a process to be coordinated and overseen by its Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura.
Professor Nyagura who presented the proposed incubation plan said (8) eight working groups covering various tasks with identified expectations feeding into the overall design and planning of the institution, will be dispatched to assist in putting the University together. He said the UZ will not be exporting any existing structure or faculty to the new university.
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