Government says the envisaged state of the art Robert Gabriel Mugabe (RGM) University is a multibillion dollar private project in which government will provide a grant with much of the funding expected to be sourced from well wishers through the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Foundation.
The government said the RGM University which is to be made a high end skills learning institution is a unique establishment meant to honour the iconic leadership of President Robert Mugabe himself a celebrated scholar, while thrashing critics’ views that the institution will tap into existing state universities interests as it will focus on research and innovation.
Addressing journalists after meeting some vice chancellors of the country’s state universities who are part of a taskforce to oversee the transformation of the country’s higher learning institutions on Friday (today), Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo said the US$800 million grant to be provided by government is just part of the huge chunk to be invested on the site by well-wishers.
On the choice of the site of the institution, Professor Moyo said the institution has since received a boost of vast tracts of land in Mazowe by the Robert Mugabe Foundation and as such it was only ideal to set the establishment at the site.
Head of incubating institution, Professor Levi Nyagura who is the University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor said the RGM University will take a leaf from the South Korea model of development where the institution will focus on coordinating and developing research and innovation in the country.
The university which shall be located in Mazowe Valley some 36 kilometers northwest of the city of Harare is expected to have an enrolment capacity of 15 000 students at its peak is a follow up to the success of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programme.