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HIT Staff Development Programme Gathers Momentum

Over 20 staff development fellows from HIT recently left Zimbabwe to pursue doctoral studies at various universities in India.

The staff development exercise is part of HIT's strategy to strengthen its human intellectual base as it gears towards the introduction of postgraduate programmes in the not so distant future.

The staff development fellows are embarking on doctoral studies in various technology and engineering disciplines such as electronic engineering, biotechnology, electronic commerce, computer science, chemical and process systems engineering and pharmacy.

Their areas of study include control and automation, biomedical engineering, solar energy, power electronics, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, computer science and engineering, big data analytics, computer and communication engineering, information technology-networking, bioinformatics, big data, Internet of things, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical analysis and pharmacology, among others.

The doctoral studies are on a split-site sandwich mode. This enables the fellows to stay connected to national challenges and to conduct research that is relevant to the Zimbabwean context as guided by the national agenda (ZIMASSET).

The move is also in line with recent pronouncements by the Government of Zimbabwe, through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development requiring all lecturers at State universities to upgrade their academic qualifications to doctoral degrees as Government moves to improve the quality of learning at tertiary institutions.

As the Harare Institute of Technology continues on its trajectory to offer technological and engineering solutions for economic transformation through rapid industrialisation, it continues to aggressively develop its human capital. To date, a total of sixty-eight (68) staff members have attained M.Tech degrees with Indian universities, whilst over 20 staff development fellows are still enrolled for the M.Tech degree programmes in India.

 One of the major priorities of Harare Institute of Technology is the development of adequate human resource capacity with an optimum mix of capabilities to generate and apply research based on the needs of society and to cultivate and nurture a culture of research in all sections of the society.

The post graduate programmes to be offered at HIT will be geared towards the production of an industrial technologist equipped with greater depth and proficiency in his/her area of study, in industrial research and design skills as well as technopreneurial skills and competencies in industrial management. Pedagogical skills will be imparted to those being developed for lecturing posts in Higher and Tertiary Education Institutions.