The establishment of Gwanda State University’s (GSU) main campus is expected to begin soon with a proposed master plan for the institution having already been crafted.

GSU representatives today met various stakeholders in the provincial capital to present the institution’s proposed master plan layout and seek input on how it can be improved.

The plan will see the establishment of a state of the art university with various facilities to aid the teaching of STEM related degrees.

The university ‘s director Dr Sikhulumani Bayeza Mangena said once the master plan has been finalised construction of infrastructure at the main campus will begin through a public private partnership.

About $10 million will be required for the initial phase said Dr Mangena.

“Once our master plan is complete, we will look for funds for building the university. We are no longer talking of next year or a year after but we are saying now,” he said.

The Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province Cde Abednico Ncube highlighted the importance of education for socio-economic development saying the university which has a bias in crop and animal science as well as mining engineering will help churn out the critical human resources required by the province.

“We are excited about this university, as our children will be able to study locally and contribute to the development of the province once they graduate,” said Cde Ncube.

The main campus which will be set up on an 86 hectare piece of land near Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College will include an administration block, lecture theatres, community integration centre, research, accommodation and health facilities,  commercial service centre and recreational areas among others.

GSU is currently operating at a satellite campus at the refurbished Epoc Nickel Mine in Filabusi.