In a significant event symbolizing Zimbabwe's continued commitment to higher education and innovation, Information Minister Jenfan Muswere was conferred his second doctorate degree in development studies at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo. The graduation ceremony, presided over by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, capped a total of 2,996 graduates, which notably included the conferral of three posthumous degrees. Muswere was among five distinguished individuals to receive a doctorate on this auspicious occasion.
NUST's Innovative Construction Model
During the ceremony, NUST Vice-chancellor Mqhele Dlodlo shed light on the university's innovative construction model. This method has significantly expedited the completion of projects that had previously stalled. Dlodlo specifically highlighted the near-completion of the State of the Awards Innovation Centre, a crucial project that had seen minimal progress over 15 years when handled by independent contractors.
Insights from Muswere's Doctoral Study
Muswere's doctoral thesis examined the advantages of ranking universities based on research output or staff qualifications, compared to the strategic differentiation approach in Zimbabwe. His findings revealed that the hierarchical ranking of universities based on research output can sometimes be misleading. It doesn't accurately reflect the contributions of lower-ranked universities to society. Moreover, he established that the differentiation approach allows stakeholders to recognize the unique contributions of various universities to holistic human development.
Attendance by Prominent Figures
The graduation event was graced by the presence of several other Zimbabwean ministers. These included Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri, Higher Education Minister Amon Murwira, and Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube. Their attendance underlined the importance the Zimbabwean government places on education and innovation.