president  robert mugabe 06.10.10.jpgThe Head of State and Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe says he is impressed with the performance of Zimbabwean students enrolling at Venda and other South African universities under the Presidential Scholarship Scheme.

Cde Mugabe said this when he met a delegation of officials from Venda University of South Africa.

In a meeting behind closed doors with the Chairperson of Venda University Council, Ms Shirley Mabusela, Cde Mugabe said it is his wish to see Africans on the continent excelling in the area of education.


Ms Mabusela was accompanied by other officials from the university and the Director of the Presidential Scholarship programme, Cde Christopher Mushowe.

Ms Mabusela said Venda University, which is among the 12 South African universities participating in the Presidential Scholarship Scheme, initially started at Fort Hare University in the early 1990s, will next year enroll over 100 Zimbabwean students.

Currently, there are 300 Zimbabwean students at Venda University and the first group will graduate next year.

Emerging from an hour long meeting with President Mugabe, Ms Mabusela revealed that Venda University is keen to cooperate with Zimbabwe in the training of teachers, saying the quality of Zimbabwean teachers is admired by many in the region and beyond.

She also pointed out that the cooperation between Great Zimbabwe University and her university in the teaching of African languages such as Venda, Tonga and Shangani is of great significance in the cementing of cultural ties between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Cde Mushowe said there is no going back on the scholarship programme and disclosed that Stellenbosch and Pretoria universities are the latest to accept the Presidential Scholarship Programme, bringing the number of South African universities participating in the scheme to 14.

The enrollment is expected to soar to 1500 next year after the inclusion of the last two universities.

The Venda University delegation also visited Chinhoyi University of Technology, where officials from the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the teaching of management science, accounting science and agricultural sciences.

Cde Mugabe’s involvement in the Presidential Scholarship Programme that has seen thousands of Zimbabweans from disadvantaged backgrounds attaining university education is a living testimony of his love to see his people educated.

Zimbabwe is highly rated in educational matters and currently, the country is rated first in Africa with a literacy rate of 92%.