Let’s set the pace for higher and tertiary education – Vice Chancellor
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Rungano Zvobgo wants Great Zimbabwe University to be pacesetters as the country’s higher education undergoes massive transformation towards the achievement of the new 5.0 Model of higher education and the UN’s Agenda 2030.
Through Agenda 2030, Zimbabwe is aiming to achieve an upper middle-income economy by 2030 while Education 5.0 focuses on transforming the higher and tertiary education system to make it more relevant to the demands of the economy and the markets.
Giving his remarks at the start of a four-day Strategic Planning Workshop to craft Great Zimbabwe University’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, Professor Zvobgo said that the forthcoming five-year strategic planning cycle should see the University “doing something remarkable, something that thunders and sets the pace for higher education in Zimbabwe.
“This is the time to demonstrate our interest and abilities in the transformation of higher education and the country’s economy,” said Professor Zvobgo.
Professor Zvobgo said that the country’s tertiary education system was being reconfigured to make it more relevant to the demands of the economy and the markets and Great Zimbabwe University should be a leading light in that agenda.
In the past, the higher and tertiary education system in the country was based on the Education 3.0 Model which focused on teaching, research and community service. However, in order to deliver an industrialised, competitive and modernised Zimbabwe, the two additional areas namely, innovation and industrialisation and modernisation (Education 5.0) were added. Education 5.0 entails that graduates should be equipped with skills that empower them to innovative towards societal development through transformative science and technology knowledge application that delivers goods and services.
The Vice Chancellor urged participants at the workshop to fully apply themselves to craft a document which sets the University on a journey to a great future that benefits the nation in a tangible manner.
The workshop which is being facilitated by strategic planning consultants is being attended by members of the GZU Council and management, the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) CEO, Prof. Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo, National Arts Council representative, Mrs Hilda Mudefi and other stakeholders.