Manpower development is key in the industrialisation and modernisation of the country, and universities have a mandate of providing solutions to the economy.

This came out at a reception to honour lecturers who graduated with PhD degrees.

Universities have a role to play in producing research and develop manpower that contributes to the development of the nation.

It is against this background that it is necessary to integrate academic systems into decision making essential for growth.

Speaking on the sidelines of a reception to honour lecturers who graduated with PhD’s and some who were promoted to professorship grades, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe Professor Levi Nyagura said manpower development is key in the industrialisation of the country.

19 lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe graduated with PhD degrees last year and 26 others were promoted to professorship grades.

Statistics show that in 2013 there were only 123 professors at UZ and in 2018 there are more than 450 PhD holder lecturers thus expected to deliver quality teaching, research and produce better graduates.