Zimbabwe approves USD1 billion for Mugabe University

The Zimbabwean government has approved the sum of USD1 billion grant for the establishment of the proposed Robert Gabriel Mugabe University to be constructed near the capital Harare, Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo announced.

The minister told journalists that cabinet has approved a USD800 million grant towards the construction of the university to be located in Mazowe district, about 40km northwest of Harare, APA reports.

Another US200m grant would go towards “the establishment of the university’s endowment fund for research and innovation,” according to Moyo.

The minister said the institution would concentrate on the “critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas almost exclusively at graduate level to produce super specialists and super experts, who will champion Zimbabwe’s industrialisation and modernisation for sustainable socio-economic transformation and development.”

The university would have eight faculties covering computer engineering, nano-science and nanotechnology, actuarial and mathematical sciences, architectural and structural engineering, telecommunications and electronic engineering, biomedical engineering, international relations and geospatial intelligence, and biotechnology engineering.

The Robert Gabriel Mugabe University is expected to be ready by June 2018.