President Mnangagwa presided over HIT 14th graduation ceremony
President Mnangagwa, yesterday capped degrees and diplomas to 639 students during the Harare Institute of Technology’s 14th graduation ceremony.
This year’s graduation had 100 more graduates compared to last year’s, demonstrating that more people continue to invest faith in education as a tool for social transformation.
Of the 639 graduates, 38,8 percent were females.
Forty-eight graduates attained First Class degree passes.
The President recognised six outstanding graduates, under the Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa Chancellor’s Award, with the overall best male and female students, each pocketing US$1 000. Four best graduating First Class students received US$500 each.
The best male graduating student, Zvikomborero Mufari, who was pursuing a Finance Engineering degree, walked away with US$1 000.
Mufari said he would not have achieved the feat without the hand of God.
Here is the list of others who were awarded prizes during the Harare Institute of Technology’s 14th Graduation Ceremony yesterday.
Mukamba Brendon Luke -Bachelor of Technology Honours Degree in Materials Technology and Engineering
1.Awarded the ZIMDEF Trustee’s Award for the Best Graduating Student in the School of Engineering and Technology
2.Awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Materials Technology and Engineering.
3.Awarded the Grindale Engineering Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Physical Metallurgy.
4.Awarded the Natati Minerals Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Ceramic Materials.
5.Awarded the Central African Forge Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Foundry Technology I.
Daniel Earnest- Bachelor of Technology Honours Degree in Chemical and Process Systems Engineering.
1.Awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Chemical and Process Systems Engineering.
2.Awarded the HIT Book Prize for the Best Capstone Design Project.
3.Awarded the HIT Book Prize for the Best Design and Innovation Project.
4.Awarded the Khaya Cement Shield for the BestDesign and Innovation Project.
5.Awarded the Kefalos Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Chemical and Process Systems Engineering.
6.Awarded the Kuvimba Mining House Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Chemical and Process Systems Engineering.
Bhobho Lornah -Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours Degree
1.Awarded the ZIMDEF Trustees’ Award for the Best Graduating Student in School of Allied Health Sciences.
2.Awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Pharmacy.
3.Awarded the Pharmacist Council of Zimbabwe Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Pharmacy.
4.Awarded the Pulse Pharmaceutical Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
5.Awarded the Bright Pharmacies Prize for the Best Graduating Female Student in Pharmacy.
Speaking during the ceremony, HIT Vice Chancellor Professor Dr ENG Q.C Kanhukamwe said, engineering, technology and innovation have entered a period of unparalleled intensity and vivacity, bringing a new round of industrial revolution that is restructuring the global innovation domain and redesigning global economic structures.
“We are witnessing the never-been-seen information technologies, represented by the artificial intelligence, quantum physics, mobile telecommunications, Internet of Things, and block chain among other novel and awesome developments,” he said.
“HIT continues to strategically align itself to the national development aspirations by robustly pursuing the five missions of university service namely research, teaching, community service, innovation and commercialisation (Education 5.0).”
Dr Kanhukamwe said guided by the HIT Act of 2005, they have made concerted efforts to contribute to economic transformation through the provision of technology and engineering solutions, responsive to the needs and challenges across various economic sectors.
He said their strategic plan, Vision 2025 “Designing the Future”, continues to inspire collective impact, playing a pivotal role in the delivery of technology outcomes that are making HIT a key partner in the Second Republic’s modernisation and industrialisation agenda.
Dr Kanhukamwe also took time to congratulate President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF for winning the 2023 general harmonised elections conducted in a free, fair, transparent, and credible manner. He said the victory demonstrated the great developmental work led by President Mnangagwa in the last five years, which is noticeable across various sectors of the economy.
“The HIT family cherishes your principled visionary, servant leadership and guidance, including your relentless efforts to consolidate the nation’s political, economic, and social status through various policies and practices that are promoting and enhancing our global competitiveness and economic growth,” he said.