Polytechnics have been urged to evolve into serious centres of innovation and excellency if they are to remain relevant in the country’s industrialisation and modernisation agenda.

This came out at Mutare Polytechnic College’s 30th graduation ceremony held on Friday (yesterday).

Due to the pervasive impact of rapid changes in technology, there is need to respond to the needs of industry through the production of graduates with relevant skills and competences.

These remarks were made by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Higher Education Programmes in the same ministry Mrs Martha Muguti at Mutare Poly’s 30th graduation ceremony.

“Our polytechnics have to evolve into serious centres of innovation and excellency if they are to remain relevant to the country’s industrialisation and modernisation agenda. Put differently industry and commerce should be anchored on a vibrant tvet system and vice-versa. This means that our graduands should innovate and create industry rather than be employment seekers,” he said.

Mutare Polytechnic Principal Ms Poniso Watema expressed confidence in the calibre of graduates from the institution indicating that they are well equipped and geared towards economic development.

“Our theme is “Economic Empowerment and Growth through Tvet-isation”. This resonates well with the President’s vision 2030 of becoming an upper middle income economy. This graduating class is a true reflection of the aforementioned as they are all equipped with relevant competence in their areas of study exposed to real life training and geared towards economic development,” she said.

1 274 graduands were conferred with diplomas and certificates in various areas of study.