Zimbabwe has committed itself to strengthen cooperation with the Southern African Nordic Centre (SANORD) in the quest to harness tertiary education as a catalyst for industrial transformation.

The government of Zimbabwe says it appreciates the significant role that science, engineering and technology can play in economic transformation and has committed itself to develop a vibrant higher education.

In his address during the official opening ceremony of the 2017 SANORD Conference in Victoria Falls, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Francis Gudyanga said the country’s industrialisation vision can only become a reality through increased investment in higher education.

SANORD Chairperson, Professor Eva Ackesson said the university network stands ready to work with Zimbabwe in the transition process for the realisation of knowledge-based economy.

SANORD, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, was established to cultivate strong ties between universities in Southern Africa and tertiary institutions in the Nordic countries.

Four local universities are currently members of SANORD.