The Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda has commended 40 students who have received Masters of Business Administration Degrees with the Open Learning Centre in collaboration with the University of Gloucestershire based in the United Kingdom.

The 40 students who received their Masters Degree certificates and awards this afternoon in the capital are expected to boost the human capital in the country’s business industry for economic development.

In an interview with ZBC News on the sidelines of sixth graduation ceremony conducted by the Open Learning Centre, Advocate Mudenda highlighted the need to educate people for competent human capital development with innovation to transform the country’s economic fortunes.

“Recourses do not necessarily exist in physical and material form, they also reside in the human mind. The mind is man’s best recourse and when conjured up at the right time and combined with the inspiration from the goodness of imagination, innovation and creativity the result is what we see,” he said.

Open Learning Centre chairman Mr Shuaib Masters also said they are partnering with local universities and the Parliament of Zimbabwe to make sure that they develop educated, well informed and professional skilled personnel who can address local and global challenges and contribute towards creating successful and thriving societies.

“We were given recommendations for our practice of involving staff and students on our programme development, the innovative international business and consultancy module and ensuring that each module supports continuous enhancement,” he said.

Dr Richard O’doherty and Mr Dave Popatlal concurred that tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe should also collaborate with universities based in the United Kingdom to have shared ideas in education.

The Open Learning Centre has been operating in the country for the past 25 years.