The Marondera University of Agricultural Science and Technology (MUAST) has opened a new centre at the Marondera CSC to offer new degree programmes.

After having been granted full status in July this year the MUAST has embarked on a programme to introduce new degree programmes starting February next year.

University council member Engineer Richard Mavhunga who was representing chairperson, Dr Hebert Murerwa, told stakeholders at a cleanup campaign organised by the university that the new programmes are meant to place MUAST as a leading institution of higher learning in the province.

The Marondera CSC headquarters have been lying idle for years despite it possessing state of the art facilities.

The MUAST which is currently offering an Honours Degree in Crop and Animal Science started in 2013 and has been operating as a college under the University of Zimbabwe until July this year when it started operating as an independent university after the appointment of the university council.

The university is currently operating from its main campus at Dosmery Farm 30km south east of Marondera town.