President Mnangagwa yesterday capped 2 243 graduates at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) where he was also conferred with an honorary Doctorate Degree in Engineering, Sciences and Technology in recognition of his efforts to promote science and technology as key enablers of development.
In his acceptance speech, the President said science and technology fields had the potential to create jobs and improve people’s livelihoods.
“As I receive this prestigious award, allow me to acknowledge that engineering, sciences and technology are key in the developmental trajectory, modernisation and industrialisation of our great country.
“The transformation of these fields and associated milestones will undoubtedly have a profound effect on the achievement of sustainable economic development. Altering the types of jobs, the way people live, connect, communicate and transact,” President Mnangagwa said.
He urged institutions of higher learning to enhance capacities and competences in engineering, science, technology and innovation in line with the country’s development thrust.
“The CUT is one of those institutions in our country with the mandate to advance the development, design and utilisation of technologies.
“I recognise the strides that the institution continues to make in this regard. I am aware that some alumni of this university have gone on to develop ICT and engineering solutions which are now being used by various public entities,” he said.
The President said the Government will continue supporting the education model that emphasises innovation.State media