The country’s tertiary institutions have begun tweaking their curriculum to meet industry’s demands with the National University of Science and Technology’s (NUST) Engineering Department set to implement new changes when their next academic year commences this September.
The revised tertiary institutions curriculum will see institutes of higher learning producing graduates who can ably attend to the challenges of modern industry considering its bias towards practical.
Speaking in an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of an engineering workshop in Bulawayo, NUST Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Technology Dr William Goriwondo says their curriculum which now has an input from the industry is ready be rolled out next semester.
“Let me hasten to say this is one of the fundamental developments in the history of tertiary education in the country. Industry has been very supportive of the initiative to have the revised curriculum which we hope to roll out in the coming semester. We want to produce a complete graduate who will enter the industry without a hustle. The time for producing academics with no clue of the industry’s demands is over,” said Dr Goriwondo.
An industrialist Engineer Jeremiah Munembe says the initiative by the tertiary institutions is what has been the missing link in the whole equation as companies were forced to spend more money and time training university graduates to meet the industry’s demands.
“I must hasten to say the country is taking a new trajectory which will see good results at the end. The new vision of having industry and tertiary institutions exchanging notes and working together towards a common ground is what has been the missing link in the whole equation.
“You will realise that as industry, we would need at least three years of retraining graduates to fit in the industry but this initiative will mean we will definitely cut on such costs,” Engineer said.
The engineering workshop which was sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering saw participants from the University of Zambia, Botswana and Namibia sharing notes with local industrialists and some from the region.