President Robert Mugabe has conferred degrees to 843 students who completed their studies at Lupane State University (LSU).The graduands are drawn from the faculties of agricultural sciences, commerce as well as humanities and social sciences with females constituting 63 percent.
Fifteen graduated with masters’ degrees, 83 with postgraduate studies while 670 graduated with first degrees.
The Vice Chancellor of LSU Professor Pardon Kuipa commended the President for the role he has played in improving access to tertiary education which has seen the number of state universities rise from one in 1980 to nine currently, as well as six private universities.
He said the university continues to work with various institutions to promote research in the field of agriculture and appealed to the private sector to partner the institution to construct outstanding structures at the main campus.
“As a university, we are working with various partners and have just signed a MOU with an Indian university to promote research in agriculture. We are also working with local communities such as Manjolo in Binga to promote drip irrigation. We also have another partnership with the Research Council of Zimbabwe to promote issues of research,” said Professor Kuipa.
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, cabinet ministers, Zanu PF leadership from Matabeleland North province and fellow vice chancellors from other local universities were some of the delegates who attended the ceremony.