The third edition of the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) Vice Chancellor’s Innovation and Scholarship Fund golf tournament aimed at developing, promoting and recognising outstanding student research and development activities, as well as commercialising intellectual property outputs roared into life on Friday at Chapman Golf Club with 20 teams participating.

The tournament format was a four ball-better ball alliance and participants were drawn from the institute’s stakeholders, senior management and staff.

Funds generated through the golf tournament are also used to fund intelligent but financially challenged students, capstone design projects with the potential for commercialisation as well as procuring equipment for workshops and laboratories.

HIT director of communications and international relations, Tinashe Mutema expressed appreciation to stakeholders for promoting HIT in its quest to become the centre of excellence in innovation and technopreneurship.

The initiative is a call to action to all HIT’s valued stakeholders and an endeavor to build the Harare Institute of Technology into a world-class institution.

The institute is facing a number of challenges that include limited capacity utilisation in laboratories and workshops due to lack of adequate equipment, financial hardships experienced by students, challenges in up-scaling commercialisable research projects and construction of recreational facilities for students.

To date, more than US$25 000 has been raised through the tournament, and these funds have been used principally to fund tuition fees for exceptional but disadvantaged students, and funding outstanding capstone design projects.

With the growth of the fund, plans are afoot to re-equip the university’s workshops and laboratories, allowing for the creation of a more amenable workspace for students and their instructors.

The inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Innovation and Scholarship Fund golf tournament was held in 2015, and has now become an annual event.