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Dr Engr Q. C. Kanhukamwe Vice Chancellor of Harare Institute of Technology left
Dr Engr Q. C. Kanhukamwe, Vice Chancellor of Harare Institute of Technology (left) making a presentation to Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT

The University of Mines and Technology received a delegation from the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), Zimbabwe on Thursday, 2nd December, 2021 to collaborate in areas of interest in technology. The delegation was led by Dr Engr Q. C. Kanhukamwe, Vice Chancellor of the Harare Institute of Technology.

Dr Kanhukamwe underscored that the focus of the HIT is to explore and practice various disciplines in technology to promote development and growth in Africa and to stimulate modernisation. Adding to this, he mentioned that HIT has started creating startups and commercialising outputs of the University. He further stated that HIT is curriculum and framework based and that this model is to help improve the innovation skills of students and graduates with interest in technology.

The Vice Chancellor of HIT further said that the Institute has trained some of its Lecturers at various international technological institutions such as the India Institute of Technology to acquire more knowledge, exposure and experience.

Officials from the Harare State University
Officials from the Harare State University. From left: Dr Engr Q. C. Kanhukamwe, Vice Chancellor, Mr Willard Gwarimbo, Pro Vice Chancellor and Mr Tinashe Mutema, Director of Communications and International Relations

In response, Prof Anthony Simons, the Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT, stated that UMaT shares vision with HIT and is open to collaborating with any organisation which has interest to develop Africa through technology.

Prof Simons also stated that the faculties of the University undertake various undergraduate, postgraduate and certificate programmes in Mining, Petroleum, Technology and other related Engineering disciplines. He added that the UMaT Business Hub (U-Hub) enables students to come up with creative ideas and the Office of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ORIC) has been established to help in securing grants for research work and also provide support services for consultancy activities for the mining companies.

Prof Anthony Simons Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT 2nd from right with other UMaT Officials
Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT (2nd from right) with other UMaT Officials

Also, Prof Simons said that in the quest to revamp the railway industry in Ghana, UMaT has established the School of Railways and Infrastructure Development in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis to train personnel for the railway industry.

Prof Anthony Simons right presenting a gift to Dr Engr Q. C Kanhukamwe
Prof Anthony Simons (right) presenting a gift to Dr Engr Q. C Kanhukamwe

Officials from the Harare Institute of Technology later toured the UMaT Environmental monitory Laboratory.

Source: University Relations Office