Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo makes the announcement flanked by his deputy Dr Godfrey Gandawa and ministry officials

A university in honour of President Robert Mugabe, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University is set to be built in Mazowe following cabinet approval and a US$1 billion grant for construction and research.

The university will be Zimbabwe’s first 100 percent STEM institution.

The responsible authority for the university is the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Foundation, whose founding trustees are President Mugabe and the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe.

Cabinet has already approved an $800 million grant for construction and a $200 million grant for the university’s endowment fund for research and innovation.

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo said the university will concentrate on critical STEM areas at post graduate level.

The process of setting up the university has already started with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) being mandated to incubate the university.

The Robert Gabriel Mugabe University, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, becomes a fitting tribute to Cde Mugabe for championing international solidarity, Pan-Africanism, nationalism, patriotism, industrialisation, modernisation, empowerment and sustainable development.