President Robert Mugabe has conferred degrees to 418 graduands in the 2017 graduation ceremony at the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) in Belvedere, Harare.
This year’s graduation figure has seen an increase of 20 percent from the 347 graduands last year while the number of female graduands also increased by 2 percent to 33percent.
HIT focuses much attention on student outcomes and self employability in its B-Tech Honours undergraduate degree programmes that cover engineering and technology programmes under the schools of industrial sciences and technology and engineering.
This is the 8th graduation ceremony since the HIT was elevated to university status.
HIT comprises 4 faculties namely Engineering and Technology, Industrial Science and Technology, Information Science and Technology, and Business Management Science.
In his address at the graduation ceremony HIT Vice Chancellor Engineer Quintone Kanhukamwe disclosed that the institution is making inroads towards conducting research which is responsive to national needs, challenges and aspirations as a nation in line with ZIM ASSET and President Mugabe’s 10 point plan.
Focus of their innovations included areas like promotion of indigenous knowledge systems, value addition of natural resources, herbal medicines, research energy generation models, renewable energy and agricultural engineering and technology among others.
Some of the milestones in the university’s research efforts include recovery of gold from waste dumps using activated carbon-magnesium oxide, value addition of graphite for application in lithium batteries, water treatment smartphones and other uses.
HIT has also come up with technology to reduce shortages and high costs in the manufacturing of ammonia fertilisers.
The institution has also come up with innovations in the production of agricultural machinery and farm implements and solar driers that contribute to import substitution and value addition in the agricultural sector.
Given the Vice Chancellor’s report on tangible innovations that have come out this year alone the institution has proved that university graduates can contribute to economic revival if their intellectual labour is translated into tangible products for the good of society.