The government says it is confident that the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) can be a leading centre of innovative higher education, cutting edge research as well as service provision responsive to the needs of Zimbabwe and beyond.

This comes as UZ today launched its 2016 to 2020 strategic plan, amid calls for the institution to chart the course in education provision in the country as well as on the continent.

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, who was guest of honour at the launch, said the introduction of new STEM based teaching programmes will support the country’s industrialisation and modernisation agenda by training and producing high end skills.

UZ Council Chairman, Ambassador Buzwani Mothobi said the new strategic plan is expected to consolidate and build on the success of the previous plan, while at the same time responding adequately to the challenges the institution is facing.

The UZ 2016-2020 strategic plan has key facets hinged on innovative research, infrastructure development, talent management as well as quality assurance.

The institution’s 2011-2015 strategic plan indicated that capital flight was a major challenge while self sufficiency, teaching, research and community service saw major milestones being achieved.