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Gwanda State University to open in January next year

by Staff reporter
06 Dec 2011 at 06:18hrs | Views
THE opening of Gwanda State University (GSU) in January next year is a reality and there is no going back on it, Matabeleland South Governor Angeline Masuku said yesterday.

Speaking during the handover of vehicles and seed maize to tertiary institutions in Matabeleland region at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) grounds, Governor Masuku said her province was geared for the new university.

In an interview the chairman of the five-member taskforce in charge of the establishment of GSU, Professor Callistus Ndlovu, said his team was awaiting the approval of the university bill by Parliament before they start recruiting the core staff.

He said the university will start with two faculties, the Faulty of Mining Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture and then later on add the Faculty of Industrial Management.

He said the institution was given 2,5 hectares of land in Filabusi by Government for its farming projects.

Prof Ndlovu said the project has received resounding support from local businesspeople and general members of the community who made pledges in the form of cattle.

He said the taskforce team would soon be conducting fundraising  activities in Bulawayo as part of efforts to get more resources to build the university Matabeleland South, Manicaland and Mashonaland East are the only provinces in the country that do not have state universities.

The proposed university is expected to temporarily operate from the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College while construction of the university campus is underway at the place adjacent to the college.

Gwanda Town Council has already donated 87 hectares of land towards the building of the university on the eastern side of the JM Nkomo Polytechnic.

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