Updates by: Wadzanai Mhombera

1159: President Mnangagwa ends his address. That brings our live blogging to an end. Thank you.

1155: ED agrees to meeting students as per the representative’s request at a date to be agreed

1154: Govt will continue to build more universities. President urged the private sector to provide scholarships to tertiary students

1152: Commended the student representative for articulating students wish list and promised to look into their concerns

1151: ED says Zimbabwe’s education has been able to compete globally but the missing link has been infrastructure development

1149: President ED speaks of the PPPs model as critical to infrastructure development in higher education

1147: Govt is committed to developing education through welcoming investment in higher and tertiary education. The initiative to invest in universities has received tremendous response from investors.

1146: Investment in lecture rooms, state of the art libraries, sporting facilities critical. 

1145: We need to prioritise infrastructure investment at colleges and universities for future generations to produce well rounded graduates for the global market

1144:  This Higher and Tertiary Education Infrastructure Investment Conference comes after a few hours after addressing captains of industry who are the beneficiaries of human capital from tertiary institutions.

1141: President ED takes to the podium to deliver a key note address

1133: Zanu PF National Chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri is now introducing President Mnangagwa, who is the Chancellor of State Universities

1123: Entertainment

1120: The student representative ended by thanking President ED for his desire to interact with the students through today’s meeting. Requested the President if possible, if his schedule allows,  to interface with all the students on the 30th of March, 2018.

1118: Shortage of sporting facilities noted. There is need for investment in universities infrastructure

1117: Lecture rooms must be increased. Hostel accommodation is in shortage, detrimental to the welfare of students, particularly female students and students with disabilities.

1116: Issue of students loans must be addressed

1115: Amenity fees/allowances for students on teaching practice must be reviewed. Similarly students on attachment from universities must be paid the same allowances.

1113: Fees payment. Students object to payment of full tuition fees while on attachment

1110: Students representative now on the podium to highlight students issues

1108: Modern libraries, modern ECD blocks, clinics required at tertiary institutions.

1106: Colleges representatives takes to the podium. Shortages of staff accommodation lamented in tertiary institutions. High rise structures recommended. Lack of modern sporting facilities needs to be addressed

1053: A universities representative is now outlining the infrastructure requirements for universities in Zimbabwe

1035: CBZ and Dawn as partners are looking to raise US$2.2 billion  for construction of infrastructure at universities and colleges. The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development seeks to make these institutions self-reliant.

1032: A representative of Dawn Properties Consultancy takes to the podium. The firm is doing feasibility studies for infrastructure requirements for universities and colleges

1026: One funding option is PPPs – public private partnerships- joint ventures

1023: The bank has done feasibility studies to look at the funding requirements for tertiary institutions

1022: CBZ is the financial advisor of the Minister of Higher Education and tertiary institutions

1021: He says a handbook for funding options has been prepared. He gives a background of CBZ.

1018: CBZ bank representative now on the podium to talk about funding options for higher and tertiary education

1017: Minister Murwira concludes address

1013: The govt respects property rights. The construction sector can tap into opportunities provided by the need for requisite infrastructure at universities and colleges

1011: This can only be possible if we construct the required infrastructure. Modern accommodation for students and staff at universities and colleges is a priority through the PPP, or BOT models, which is the best

1010: We are gathered here to basically construct the future that we desire….to produce graduates to in turn produce goods and services. Universities must be revenue centres not cost centres

1007: Professor Ngwabi Bhebhe is the MC. He now invites Minister Prof Amon Murwira to address the conference

1006: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Dr Desire Sibanda delivers welcoming remarks.

0952: President Mnangagwa is meeting vice chancellors, college principals, bursars, investors, bankers and student leaders today, during an indaba aimed at addressing infrastructure challenges at tertiary institutions as well as problems in accessing student loans.

0949:The President is set to officially open the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Infrastructure Investment Conference at the HICC.