Academics urged to contribute towards industrialisation

Zimbabwe’s government has said academics at higher and tertiary institutions should transform research projects into goods and services that will help generate revenues and improve workers’ salaries, reports The Herald.

The call comes at a time when the Second Republic has started implementing Heritage-Based Education 5.0. The new education model’s thrust is to produce entrepreneurs as opposed to job-seeking graduates. Education 5.0 is a five-mission model of teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation, established to move the nation forward towards an innovation-led and knowledge-driven economy.

Speaking during the third Bulawayo Polytechnic International Research Conference at the college campus, Professor Norman Rudhumbu, higher and tertiary education, innovation, science and technology development acting permanent secretary, said gone are the days when academics would just produce academic papers that do not address societal challenges. He said academics at institutions of higher learning should tap into their potential and contribute to the country’s industrialisation and national development.
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