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Zambian Parliamentary Delegation Visit HIT

Zambian Parliamentary Delegation Visit HIT

A Zambian Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education, science and technology recently paid a courtesy call at the Harare Institute of Technology on a fact-finding mission.

Honourable Dr. Christopher Kalila, the chairperson of the Zambian Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education, Science and Technology who was leading the delegation said that their visit was a study tour to find out how Zimbabwe is dealing with the issues of education, science and technology. The committee is responsible for giving oversight on higher education, science and technology to the Zambian government.

“We are very interested to learn how Zimbabwe have been expanding its higher education sector in terms of the infrastructure development, resource mobilization and how its institutions of higher education, science and technology are being funded, and off course any challenges that these local institutions like HIT are facing”, said Hon. Dr Christopher Kalila.

He added that they are very much aware of the critical role that education plays and matters of education, science and technology are very critical particularly here in Africa where we are in a hurry to develop for our continent to move forward. “We are very happy to visit an institution like HIT, that is solely dedicated to the development of science education and technology”, he said.

The Harare Institute of Technology Acting Vice chancellor, Engineer Quinton kanhukamwe presented a brief history about the establishment of HIT as a fully-fledged state university, its mandate and what it offers to students and the local industry, its vision, funding as well its stakeholders and partners.

In his closing remarks Hon. Dr Christopher Kalila said his delegation was very impressed with the model that is in use at HIT, as it appears to be very practical and focused towards boosting and giving a kick start to technology development, and as well the technology and skills that are required to create employment rapid national industrialisation. “We can only commend you and off course the government of Zimbabwe as well as your management and staff. We have definitely learnt so many tings here and we will also present all our findings to our colleagues back in Zambia. We also hope to keep this interstate interactions”, he said.

Hon. Dr Kalila added that we could only solve African problems ourselves and therefore we should work out our own models in education, science and technology as trying other foreign models usually does not work and judging by what you are doing here at HIT, it shows that we Africans can solve our own problems. He urged the Zimbabwean government, through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education as well as HIT to remain focused.