NUST SRC, failed students?

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As the current SRC board for 2017/2018 term is about to end, it would be wrong if we look past their endeavors without saying a word. Last year as they were campaigning for their various posts, they made promises to the students and some of the presidential candidates went on further to give us their manifestos and what they were intending to do after being elected into the office. The question that now remains is, were the promises fulfilled?

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NUST SRC Outgoing President Pablo Tinashe Chimusoro

If we can answer, then we will know the very reason why we elect prospective candidates into power. The current board which was led by President Pablo T Chimusoro and the vice President Natasha Aliki who were both leaders of NSC and ZICOSU respectively did manage to transform the livelihoods of the Nust community.

I will just mention a few achievements that were done by the current SRC board so that we know what we will be expecting from the next Council. Sockets where replaced in one of the small lecture theatres, a new bus was bought and it happens to be that the bus is for the students only but the situation is totally different on the ground because currently the lecturers are the ones using it ,Two flat screen TV were bought and are placed safe at the students residents ,there were also additional Wi-Fi routers installed in students residence. The outcry of attachment fees was also facilitated by the SRC and the issue was brought before the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education ,Science and Technology Development Prof Murwira although the policy has not be fully implemented.

Entertainment wise ,they did what they had to do to make life of a normal UBA and USA enjoyable by bringing Stunner ,Seh Calahs , the Gafa of our time also known as Winky D and managed to host a successful Miss Nust 2018 event.

However, some may not agree with me that all of the promises that the SRC made were fulfilled. Is it they couldn’t fulfil because they were not intending on fulfilling at all or the Nust administration made it hard for them to do what they were supposed to do. In my own opinion which I am entitled to, I believe all of these facts should be put into consideration and I will give an example.

When we opened our second semester end of January 2018, the lecturers went on strike which stretched to three weeks and the SRC took ages to organise a demonstration. Why they did that? There is no reasonable explanation

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Diary of a Zimbo Studying Abroad: Surround Yourself With People Who Are Good For You

Angela Kumirai | University of Pennsylvania
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My first semester at Penn has been enriched with wonderful experiences that I have been blessed to enjoy. I am grateful for having gone through this first semester and made it out alive! There are tonnes of things that I have learned but the lesson that comes close to my heart is:  Surround yourself with people who are good for you!

I had a horrible experience in my Chemistry Recitation. Chemistry is my major, and I expected to do well in that class. Three weeks into the class made me think that I was downright stupid. I felt like an imposter. “I do not belong here,” I thought to myself. Questions like these started to fill my head, “How did I get into this Ivy League school- 9.4% acceptance rate? Did admissions make a mistake?” I was performing horribly in that class. I realized it later than I should have that the group that I had been placed in for in-class discussions was not good for me. My contribution to the discussion was not regarded as worthy. When I did not understand how a problem was solved, the group would not wait to make sure that I understood what they had just done. I spoke out and I was literally ignored. Plenty of times I squeezed back tears in the classroom. This led to a bad first midterm.

My fate turned when one of the other groups had a shortage of members. The teaching assistant asked the class if anyone wanted to join that group. I stood up as the words came from the TA’s mouth and I packed my things quickly and unapologetically walked away from my group.

I was amazed! That was the first time I felt like I was in a group. I sat down with my new group members and they asked me for my opinion on every single problem. Even though I did not know answers to some of the problems, I felt very important and wanted. That class session went by faster than I wanted it to. I learned a lot from those students and I knew that is where I belonged. I realized that I had wasted half a semester by sticking to the first group which had treated me like trash. However, I am glad that it only took me half of my first semester to realize that. The worst case would have been to learn this valuable lesson in my last semester of senior year. I am happy to say that after I changed groups, all the midterms and exams after that had better results.

“…I knew beforehand that people would judge me because of the way I looked and the way I talked. I had prepared myself for this scenario. My plan was to prove that I was just as intelligent as all of them and in my mind,…”

I knew beforehand that people would judge me because of the way I looked and the way I talked. I had prepared myself for this scenario. My plan was to prove that I was just as intelligent as all of them and in my mind, I had imagined that after solving a complex problem, then they would realize that I was worth listening to, and I would earn their respect. However, it did not go as I had imagined. That complex problem never came and I was the one who did not know how to solve any of the tough problems. I was always behind and I missed a lot of announcements and important pieces of information. This only magnified my uniqueness but in a negative way. For awhile I felt like a charity case from Africa who was there for improving statistical purposes.

But when I was courageous enough to stand up and walk away, I realized that a student can only be as strong as the extent to which the environment in which she/he is in empowers.
So again I will emphasize the lesson I learned – Surround yourself with people who are good for you!

Author Angela Kumirai is a first year USAP student at the University of Pennsylvania who hails from Fletcher High in Gweru. 

Disclaimer: This article was originally published on Education Matters-USAP Perspectives:

 

Nust vice chancellor appointed

By Nqobile Tshili | Chronicle
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Professor Mqhele Dlodlo as National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Vice Chancellor with immediate effect.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Prof Amon Murwira confirmed the appointment yesterday.

“We received confirmation from His Excellency. The appointment is with immediate effect. When he starts work that’s an issue of Chairman of Council Ambassador Zenzo Nsimbi,” said Prof Murwira.

The university has been operating without a substantive Vice Chancellor since the expiry of the late Prof Lindela Ndlovu’s contract in 2015.

The university’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Samson Sibanda has been acting since then.

Prof Murwira said Prof Dlodlo has a mammoth task to address the challenges at Nust.

Nust has been experiencing some problems that have resulted in lecturers going on strike protesting against alleged mismanagement.

Prof Murwira said Government will fully support Prof Dlodlo to ensure that there are positive developments at Nust. “There is a lot of work to be done at Nust and we will support Prof Dlodlo to enable him to deliver. We should not spend our time bickering but we must deliver,” said Prof Murwira.

He said he was mindful of the fact that the absence of a substantive Vice Chancellor could have negatively affected the university’s operations and was confident the challenges facing the institution will soon be addressed.

Prof Dlodlo served as a principal lecturer and head of Electrical Craft Department at Bulawayo Polytechnic from 1983 to 1992.

In 2000, he joined Nust as a senior lecturer in the department of Electronic Engineering before being promoted to the post of Dean in the faculty of Industrial Technology from May 2002 to December 2003.

He joined the University of Cape Town as an Associate professor in January 2005 and also served as Assistant Dean in Internationalisation from January 2011 to December 2015. At the time of his appointment as Nust vice chancellor, Prof Dlodlo was still working in South Africa. — @nqotshili.

 

Fighting for balance…life and the Ph.D.​

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For those who are new to the blog, let me start with a little introduction…I am a Ph.D. student, about to begin my second year. I study Sociology and Social Policy with a focus on childhoods and families. I am currently at home, in Zimbabwe, for my field work (data collection).

Being back home means adjusting to a new schedule. When I was back on campus in Hong Kong, I set my own time and I really thought I was managing quite well (if my 1st-year annual evaluation is anything to go by). But, since I came home to begin the practical part of my work, I feel so overwhelmed with the amount of work that is facing me daily.

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I chose to live with my mum for the duration of my field visit. Now all my Zimbabweans know how a Zimbabwean mother’s household is run…

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“We can change the world,” says Zim Perfume Start-up Trio.

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Perfume TrioFrom left to right: Sikhanyiso, Zanele and Thando exhibiting at the 2017 ZITF

Young, Ambitious, Motivated, Enthusiastic, Independent, Strong. This is how Thando Dube, Zanele Tshuma and Sikhanyiso Mpofu describe themselves. And they have a perfume manufacturing start up to show for it all.

“We are three young ladies who want to become independent strong women who can change the world by doing what hasn’t been done before,” says Sikhanyiso.

“We saw a gap in industry and my partners and I intend to bridge that gap. As Zimbabweans we have been importing perfumes from various countries yet we have our own resources we can use in order to have our own perfume brands,” adds Thando.

The three ladies completed their Applied Chemistry studies at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe this year and their perfume manufacturing start up is a result of their final year class project.

“The…

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Miss Nust 2017 (Official Video)

Just a little reminiscence for you this winter. Watch in 15 minutes and see how lit Miss NUST 2017 was. It was awesome. Like, subscribe and share the video. Courtesy of CM Mag and Rasheed Tv Network.

Midlands State University successfully hosts the 2016 9th Pan African Universities Debate Championships

by Trinity Mapendere| Midlands State University, ZW

Midlands State University is not slowing down on its vision of being among the top Universities in the African continent, as it successfully hosted the 9th Pan African Debate Championships 2016.

Dubbed ‘Madzimbabwe’ drawing its title from the Ancient Great Zimbabwe ruins which are the pride of our national culture, MSU in partnership with the Pan African Universities Debate Council was held at MSU from 9-17 December.

The prestigious tournament running under the theme “Creating African debating footprints”, was official opened by the acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa . it drew up to 20 African universities represented by more than 500 international delegates.

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Since its foundation in 2008, the PAUDC has over the years provided students with a platform where they can express their views on the issues affecting the African continent as they are the future leaders.

Over the years, the African continent has been home to many unresolved issues either political, economic or social and these challenges seem to be affecting the future generations and PAUDC has stirred real engagements with real solutions and remedies to most challenges.

MSU public relations acting director, Mrs. Mawarire described PAUDC entrusting the university with hosting such a major event as historical to the university’s name and the Zimbabwean nation as a whole.

Event organiser Samuel Muleya commended on the journey to hosting the event as a memorable one, “We had to be at our best from accommodation, venues and food, I must say our catering was 5 star as we made sure our visitors had best meals”.

The closing ceremony also witnessed the handover of the tournament to the 2017 Pan African Universities Debate Championship hosts, Cameroon. Tanzania was announced as hosts for the 2018 tournament.

Wits University emerged as major victors on the night after winning both sets of closely contested public speaking and debate finals. For their efforts, Wits University represented by Bongani Masilela and Mpilwenhle Mpilo Ndlovu walked away with the prestigious PAUDC trophy and the public speaking trophy.

Nust to host Rioset-Tech@school

Thousands of students and policymakers in the higher education sector are expected to converge in Bulawayo this month-end when a leading online tech magazine, TechnoMag, jointly hosts this year’s Research and Intellectual Outputs-Science, Engineering and Technology (Rio-Set) expo with the ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education ministry

The expo, to be held at the National University of Science Technology, from 31 August to 3 September this year, is a government initiative established to bring together all higher and tertiary education institutions to deliberate and exhibit research products.

This year’s theme is ‘growing the Zimbabwean economy through innovations.’

TechnoMag’s weighs in with their Tech@School initiative which in a nutshell a national technology career guidance that involves Inspirational sessions to alert students on technological advancements in the ICT world.

The Rio-set in conjunction with the Tech@school expo will showcase Zimbabwean technological prowess to Industry and commerce.

Toneo Tonderai Rutsito, founder of TechnoMag said the event was a milestone to drive innovation and expose young innovators at various institutions while bridging the technological divide between industry and learning institutions in Zimbabwe.

Rutsito said: “We have lots of talent that has been exhibited by our young innovators which unfortunately has not been getting enough support; we seek in our small way to help expose these young tech innovators to industry and hopefully create an environment that promotes symbiotic business interests for all players.”

The organises explained that the goal was to provide a platform where Zimbabweans would discovers new research outputs being produced in higher and tertiary education institutions.

The inaugural African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) held in Senegal in 2005, concluded that for Africa to realize meaningful socioeconomic development in a rapidly globalizing world in which the rate of entry of new technologies onto the market demands, a greater focus on the extension of value chain of available natural resources through effective exploitation of science and technology was needed.

This in effect would contribute to narrowing the North and South development divide by harnessing science and technology to transform national economies and achieve the Post 2015 agenda.

It was noted that while RIOSET focused on providing a platform for experts from Universities and Tertiary Institutions (from within and outside Zimbabwe) to share their research and intellectual outcomes on the broad theme of the exposition, the greater part of promotion of public/private sector awareness of the role of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in development, remained unattended.

Consequently the absence of industry, community based organizations, schools and the general public was registered as a matter that required urgent attention.

The inaugural SADC SET Week was launched in Mauritius in 2009. Thereafter member states have organized such events using various formats. Since 2010, Zimbabwe has organized annual SET Week celebrations guided by an AU continental Theme with participation from experts and exhibitors invited from the SADC member states and beyond.

The Tech@School initiative will be running for third consecutive.- http://www.thestandard.co.zw

 

Write a Winning CV in 7 Simple Steps [Infographic]

Despite changes in technology, your resume remains an important part of a job search.  That’s why we spend so much time stressing over getting it just right. We read article after article, talk to numerous professionals, and even pay professional resume writing services all to produce that winning resume.

Do you sometimes wish it was just a little bit easier? Well… it can be!

This infographic from StandOutCV provides a simple, 7-step process for writing that winning resume. From doing your research, to proper formatting, to writing a punchy profile… it’s in here.

By all means, seek out all of the advice and assistance available to you. Following this process, however, will get you started on the right path.

47% OF UZ STUDENTS HIV+: MISLEADING, ZINASU

how some colleges and other national institutions are going about the release of information on HIV related issues is not only misleading but is unnecessarily causing stigma against students 

The Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (ZINASU) has dismissed a report in the Herald of 20 May 2016 under the headline ‘47pc of UZ students HIV+’ as ‘misleading’ and ‘sensational.’
The story, which is mainly based on comments by the UZ Vice-Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura, claims that nearly half of the University of Zimbabwe students who recently underwent voluntary HIV testing were positive, prompting the institution to limit inter-residence visits between male and female students.
According to the report, a recent exercise conducted by the UZ showed that 47 percent of students who underwent testing and counselling tested HIV positive.

Speaking about the way in which the herald broke the story, Zinasu National Spokesperson Zivai Mhetu lamented the lack of adherence to journalism ethics by some papers in the country.
It is a public secret that the HIV prevalence rate is high not only among UZ students but also in the country where recent statistics put it at around 15%. That the HIV pandemic is real and is affecting a lot of young people is indisputable but how some colleges and other national institutions are going about the release of information on HIV related issues is not only misleading but is unnecessarily causing stigma against students from various institutions.

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Zinasu national spokesperson Zivai Mhetu lamented the lack of adherence to journalism ethics by news media in the country and poor handling of sensitive information by institutions of higher learning.

 

Just last year the National Aids Council (NAC) Midlands provincial coordinator, Mr Mambewu Shumba, said HIV prevalence had shot up in his province due to the ‘generous’ sexual behaviour of students at MSU yet he provided absolutely no research to back this sensational claim.

The UZ has fallen victim to the same type of unguarded release of potentially harmful information.
“If we were to depend solely on the headline in the herald, it is not difficult to see how one can be misled to believe that 47pc of all students at the UZ are HIV positive,”Mhetu said. “Never mind that the story goes on to say that only 47% of students who underwent voluntary testing on campus are actually HIV+. A lot of people just read headlines without reading the entire story so journalists should be responsible on how they come up with them.”

The Zinasu Spokesperson added that the herald report is a perfect example of how important journalism ethics such as truthfulness, credibility and accuracy are often disregarded by reporters who choose to sensationalize issues, a process that can best be described as gutter journalism.
Mhetu also took a swipe at the herald for not providing sufficient information on the subject in question in its story.

“That story suffers from what I would like to call information kwashiorkor,” Mhetu said. “It is silent on exactly how many students were tested in the exercise so as to give a clear picture to the public on the degree of importance that should be given to the results of the exercise. What if only very few students who are not representative of the entire student body at the UZ were tested? Would that warrant the publication of this story whose effect has been to cause alarm and despondency within the UZ student community and the nation at large?”
Turning to the move to ban inter-residence visitations, Mhetu said it was ‘ill-advised’ and ‘misguided.’ He said Professor Levi Nyagura cannot ban inter-hostel visitations solely based on the results of the testing exercise because it does not prove that inter-hostel visitations are the cause of infection for those who were found positive after the testing exercise.

“Exactly how does Professor Nyagura come to the conclusion that those who were found HIV+ during the testing exercise were infected on campus thus warranting his move to bar inter-hostel visitations? Do students have no life out of campus? And are all the students who were tested living on campus when the tests were conducted? Furthermore, is it absolutely impossible and unfathomable that some of those who tested positive were born that way or got infected before coming to the UZ?”
Mhetu further went on to say that attempting to curtail sexual activity by implementing the ban on inter-residence visitations was a futile exercise because ‘the UZ is an institution for adults not primary school children.’
“You cannot stop sexually active people from having sex by barring inter-residence visitations. If they want to have sex they will have sex . Barring of inter-residence visitations is not a new idea at UZ. It was implemented before but it did not stop sexual activity. Students started having sex in open spaces, bushy areas and under trees. The ban is akin to forcing students to practice abstinence when it is not their wish to do so. It will not work. If the UZ Admin is really concerned about the health of students it should endeavour to ensure that protection is made widely available to students. It is sad that all this is happening at a time when students have no voice because the Admin banned SRC elections.”
Mhetu said that the story in the herald and other stories on the high prevalence of HIV in certain colleges are going to affect students on the job market as employers will be prejudiced against graduates from instructions that are said to have high HIV prevalence rates. He warned that students are now most likely going to shy away from getting tested as a result of the herald report which will result in lack of treatment and poor health.

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