The establishment of campus radio stations by institutions of higher learning that offer media studies will ensure the production of well-rounded graduates who will have a positive impact on the country’s media sector.
This was said by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Cde Monica Mutsvangwa after she visited the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) radio studio in Masvingo.
The issue of the country having a huge skills gap has been topical in the past few months with officials in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development suggesting possible ways of addressing this challenge.
In a bid to ensure the skills gap in media graduates is bridged, the GZU has set up a campus radio station which will enable them to train media students.
The radio campus director Mr Golden Maunganidze briefed Minister Mutsvangwa on the programmes set to be implemented at the radio campus.
“We realised that with issues like media you don’t just need theory but you need to have the practical aspect too, hence we will be training the students here before they can then go and seek for jobs out there,” he said.
Minister Mutsvangwa commended the university for the hands-on approach.
“The Great Zimbabwe University has done a commendable thing to ensure hands on training,” she said.
Honourable Mutsvangwa said institutions like GZU also deserve to be granted a community radio licence.
“The issue of licensing, this is just a matter of processes that need to be followed but there is no reason why we cannot grant them a community radio licence,” she added.
As the country moves towards digitalisation and creation of more TV channels and radios stations, Minister Mutsvangwa said universities are some of the hubs of content.