The Vice Chancellor of Harare Institute of Technology, Dr. Engi. Quinton Chamunorwa Kanhukamwe has expressed the hope for African universities to go above the traditional academic exchange programmes to collaborations that contribute to a more practical African continental integration framework to move the continent forward.
Dr. Engi. Kanhukamwe said this when he led a delegation from Zimbabwe’s Harare Institute of Technology, HIT, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Takoradi Technology University, TTU, in Takoradi. The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding is to establish academic relationship between the two institutions to strengthen mutual and friendly co-operation. This is to promote sustainable and productive academic collaboration through joint research projects in areas of mutual interest and students exchange learning programmes.
The Vice Chancellor of Harare Institute of Technology said the MoU with TTU will strengthen the already friendly relationship that exist between Ghana and Zimbabwe which was started by former President Robert Mugabe.
Dr. Engi. Quinton Chamunorwa Kanhukamwe-VC, HIT
“We believe in fostering sustainable relations. More so as Sister countries on the same continent, we believe we need to be at the front of the integration of African countries and as Institutions of higher learning must play a leading role. This we believe we all have been part in the role in practicalising this aspect. So it is our firm believe that we need to append our signature to the MOU to make sure that we are true towards the MOU“, he said.
Dr. Engi. Kanhukamwe added that Harare Institute of Technology was founded in 1985 as a Technical and Vocational institution which has tried as a University to reconfigure the Zimbabwean educational framework.
He stressed the need for African universities to move beyond mere academic collaborations to helping to push for practical integration of the African continent.
“We are here basically to learn from the setting that you have and share where we are coming from to facilitate technology transfer framework where we can both collaborate over and above the traditional issues of academic exchanges, student exchanges and research collaboration. We hope together, we can contribute to the international and more importantly ensure a continental framework to bring integration to a more practical level so that we live it, see its fruits and move the continent forward…The era of generation of knowledge for knowledge sake should be done away with. We need solutions that move our nations up to modernization and industrialization framework”, he added.
The Pro Vice Chancellor of Takoradi Technical University, Prof. Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah, while signing the MoU on behalf of TTU said management of TTU place collaborations with relevant institutions like HIT at the heart of TTU’s 5-year Strategic Plan which seeks to make TTU a world-class preferred centre of excellence for TVET education. Prof. Micah emphasized TTU’s commitment to forging such important collaborations first with university’s like HIT on the African continent.
Prof. Victor Kweku Bondzie Micah-Pro VC,TTU
“We look forward to having a very good relationship, which the Vice Chancellor is keenly interested in, that made him send us to Zimbabwe early part of this year to start something like that. We have believe in internationalization as a university but then we believe we should first start from Africa before elsewhere. That is what prompted us to come to HIT so that we can learn from you on how well you have practicalized your programmmes...TTU became a university some four years ago and now almost all our trainings are being turned into Competency-Base-Training, CBT, and that is where we would have to learn a lot from you“, he said.
The Communication Director at the Harare Institute of Technology, Tinashe Mutema in a presentation said HIT has five Schools with seventeen academic departments offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. He said HIT is not in the business of producing just graduates but producing problem solvers who can monetize or commercialize innovation and technology while addressing societal problems.
Mr. Mutema added that HIT has so far patented seven (7) innovations, registered eight (8) industrial designs and has 33 copyrights hence currently seeking Pan African collaborations to advance its vision.
There were also presentations from the six faculties of Takoradi Technical University to the visiting Zimbabwean team. The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Engi. Quinton Chamunorwa Kanhukamwe on behalf of Harare Institute of Technology presented some gift to the leadership of TTU to solidify the relationship established.