The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) says academia, industry and the government should create a symbiotic relationship that will see academic research solving local economic problems.

This comes as UZ has embarked on an initiative to strengthen co-operation between academia, industry and the government so that scholarly research can be used to solve economic challenges.

Officially opening an Economic Research Symposium in Harare today, UZ Pro-vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor Pedzisai Mashiri said there has been a disconnection between players who should be co-operating to enhance activity.

“Our biggest challenge has been the dissonance between various parties that should be working together to solve economic problems. Industry has been working by itself, politicians by themselves and academia by itself,” he said.

UZ Graduate School of Management Director, Dr David Madzikanda said the department has undertaken cutting edge research for industry to utilise in solving its challenges.

The research symposium ran under the theme: ‘Making a Difference Through Socio-Economic Development.’