The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) held its 53rd Board meeting on December 6th, 2023, where the Vice Chancellor and other committees presented reports for the board’s approval.
The Board Chairperson, Engineer Farai Mavhiya-Bhiza, praised the HIT team for successfully hosting the 14th Graduation Ceremony in October 2023 and expressed gratitude to the President of Zimbabwe for his generous donation of farming equipment.
Despite operational challenges, HIT management demonstrated a strong commitment to institutional growth, as evidenced by the expansion of university operations to Norton for the School of Allied Health Sciences.
The Chairperson also thanked the HIT management for organizing the annual strategic review and annual planning workshop, which provided a platform for the board to monitor annual performance and progress towards the 5-year strategic plan.
The Board Chairperson emphasized the importance of resource availability for the institution’s sustainability. She expressed hope that farm productivity will improve in 2024, despite the anticipated impact of the El Nino Effect. Furthermore, she encouraged investment in the digital transformation of HIT, given its status as the leading Innovation and Technopreneurial University, with a mandate to develop, incubate, transfer, and commercialize technology for national economic development.
The Chairperson also highlighted the Board’s commitment to maintaining performance standards or doing better, as directed by the Second Republic. While the government has provided consistent financial support to the University, the Board will continue to explore options to improve staff conditions of service, to achieve regional parity in terms of compensation levels.
In conclusion, Engineer Mavhiya-Bhiza wished everyone a blessed and safe Festive Season on behalf of the Board.