The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in Uganda Hon. Monica Musenero Masanza visited the Harare Institute of Technology Campus on Thursday the 15th of December 2023 to appreciate the importance of Heritage Based – Education 5.0 in enhancing scientific innovation, industrial and technological development in Zimbabwe.
Hon. Monica Musenero Masanza was accompanied by her Zimbabwean counterpart Hon Professor dr Amon Murwira, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development.
The delegation toured some of the Institute’s workshops and startups at the Innovation Hub.
“I am very impressed and really appreciate what the Harare Institute of Technology is doing in terms of the implementation of the Heritage Based – Education 5.0 as well as enhancing scientific innovation, industrial and technological development in Zimbabwe, and we are looking forward to establishing some partnerships and collaborations with our science and technology development institutions in Uganda,” Hon. Monica Musenero Masanza said at the the end of the tour.
The visiting Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in Uganda Hon. Monica Musenero Masanza is in Zimbabwe to attend the 18th Annual General Meeting of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) held at Harare International Conference Centre from the 12th -16th December 2022 running under the theme “Strengthening Africa’s Agri-food Systems in the Post COVID-19 Era – Opportunities and Challenges.”
RUFORUM is a network of major African universities whose mandate is to strengthen the quality and relevance of postgraduate training and research in agriculture, science, technology, and innovation through activities designed to improve the capacity of African universities.
The Forum is engaging governments on strengthening Africa’s agri-food systems in the post Covid-19 era.
According to the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira, the RUFORUM conference is addressing the future of the Africa continent when it comes to the application of science and innovation to food production.
“This conference came at a time when Zimbabwe was transforming its food systems. In Africa we believe that it is universities that should drive the development agenda and to drive the development agenda the universities must be answering to human needs because we believe in human needs based curriculum and one of the human needs which is prime is food,” Professor Murwira said.