Learning institutions have been urged to embrace the Education 5.0 model which is aimed at producing students who are innovative to transform the economy towards the achievement of vision 2030.

Mutare Polytechnic held its second research conference under the theme: ‘Sustainable Industrialisation and Modernisation Through Heritage Based Research,’ which has been described as a milestone in embracing the Education 5.0 model in institutions of higher learning in order to produce innovative students.

Addressing participants at the conference, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Fanuel Tagwira commended the efforts of the polytechnic to excel in all the five pillars of the Education 5.0.

“This is noble and commendable and worthy of praises. I commend the principal, management, staff and students of the polytechnic for a job well done. I am really pleased that the orientation you have given to the research conference is to move it away from the esoteric to how research and its results can truly transform the society and economy of the nation. In the contemporary society we live in, what is required are the tangible results of research which would immediately be ploughed into development to transform the society and economy of the nation,” he said.

Mutare Polytechnic Principal, Ms Poniso Watema emphasised the importance of having creative and innovative students who are able to use available resources in coming up with innovations.

“It is high time that we come up with innovations and export our own inventions. We also talk of heritage based Education 5.0, which is anchored on heritage. We are so rich in Zimbabwe in our fauna and flora and we are saying why not use what we have,” said Ms Watema.

The research conference, which has become a regular feature on Mutare Polytechnic’s calendar is used as a practical avenue for capacity building.

Rhe conference was attended by researchers from other institutions of higher learning.