Marondera University of Agricultural Science and Technology’s newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Professor Justice Nyamangara says the university wants to be the innovation hub of agricultural technology and science as agriculture is fast becoming more scientific.

Following the passing by parliament of the Marondera University of Agricultural Science and Technology Act in 2015, the university has appointed a soil scientist as its founding Vice Chancellor and the former Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology (CUT) Pro Vice Chancellor.

Professor Nyamangara said he has a vision to turn the university into an agricultural science and technology hub.

“Marondera university has to be turned into a hub for agricultural science and technology as we move with the times since agriculture is becoming more scientific,” he said.

Another task he has at hand is to start the construction of the university campus in Marondera town as currently it is operating from Dosmery Farm, some 40km out of town.

“We would like to turn Marondera into a university town so our next move is to construct our main campus in Marondera and maintain the Dosmery campus for the Faculty of Agriculture,” Professor Nyamangara added.

The university had its first intake in 2013 as a college under the University of Zimbabwe but started operating independently in August 2017.

It is currently offering 10 undergraduate programmes and three masters programmes under the Faculty of Agricultural Science and Technology, Faculty of Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship and Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science.