President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been installed as chancellor of the Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) where he is presiding over the institution’s graduation ceremony today.

The installation, conducted by CUT Vice Chancellor Professor David Simbi, marked the beginning of the university’s graduation ceremony.

In his acceptance speech, CUT Chancellor President Mnangagwa challenged higher education institutions to become cradles of new design concepts, research and new technologies and systems with a positive impact on industry and commerce.

“Such technologies and innovations should be bench-marked against the best practices in the world,” said President Mnangagwa.

Cde Mnangagwa added that Zimbabwe has to continue to produce quality graduands capable of producing finished products onto the market.

The president said CUT has the special mandate to lead industrial development and nurturing of entrepreneurship innovation and creativity objectives that are in tandem with Zimbabwe’ thrust to empower young people with critical skills that drive industrialisation and modernisation of the economy.

Cde Mnangagwa said globalisation has increased competition in the world and Zimbabwe has to continue to produce quality graduates in the education sector so as to keep pace and remain relevant in the economic development race.

He said Zimbabwe needs to be vigilant to the fierce technological advancement synonymous with economic development and prepare young people to face these challenges if they are to guard the country’s resources for the benefit of the Zimbabwean people.

Cde Mnangagwa called on institutions like CUT to develop technological capabilities that enable Zimbabwe to process its rich reserves of natural resources, beneficiate them and maximise their profitability.

He saluted CUT for taking the lead in developing appropriate technologies to ease the shortages of equipment and improve productivity of farmers in crops and livestock.

In his congratulatory message, the chairman of the university council Dr Obadiah Moyo said the university will emulate the President and Chancellor’s hall mark of loyalty and hard work in supporting the new government.

A representative of CUT staff also presented their congratulatory message with the students’ representative imploring the new chancellor to consider re-introduction of students’ grants and improved infrastructure at the university.

 A total of 1 218 graduates were conferred with various degrees – namely 7 PhDs, 163 masters and 1 048 undergraduates.