Tertiary institutions have been urged to be innovative so that they in sync with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vision of attaining a middle income economy by 2030.

Speaking during the 8th graduation ceremony at Madziwa Teachers College, Permanent Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Dr Desire Sibanda challenged tertiary institutions to embrace emerging technologies in line with current trends.

“Our institutions must come up with relevant research that can influence the entire cabinet policy processes. Our reforms must focus at modernising all institutions of higher and tertiary education, funding of the development of research institutions to teach economics,” he said.

Dr Sibanda said government has already committed to allocate at least 1 percent of GDP to research and development in line with the SADC Agenda 2063 on industrialisation.

Madziwa Teachers College Principal Mrs Memory Acquirine Moyo said the institution is moving in line with the new dispensation in terms of sustainable development goals.

“I’m pleased to acknowledge that Madziwa Teachers College has embraced the ideals of the new paradigm and the ministry’s policy thrust that emphasizes on national development in an integrated, interdisciplinary and practical way. This policy thrust resonates well with our graduation theme, ‘Excellence in Teacher Education, the Linchpin for National Development’,” she said.

Graduands expressed excitement at the prospect of completing their studies vowing to use the knowledge they acquired to influence society positively.

The 12th intake had 416 graduands and Madziwa Teachers College’s first enrollment was in 2005.