ZOU for glocal orientation
Professor Gundani beseeched students and staff to be “glocal oriented”, that is to discover their voice, and provide solutions to problems and issues within their contexts and spaces. He urged students and academics to be relevant to their communities. The role of the academia is to facilitate teaching and learning, community engagement, research, innovation, industrialisation and modernisation for the benefit of the local community”, he said.
Addressing his 7th interface to the ZOU Masvingo community on 20 November 2019. The atmosphere at the Regional Campus was filled with pomp and fanfare as the ZOU Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Henry Gundani planted an orange tree. The orchard fruit tree is a symbol of food security and nutrition. In addition, it symbolises an improved learning, working and living environment for Masvingo Regional Campus and the surrounding community as trees provide clean air.
Professor Gundani spoke passionately about the need for ZOU to niche their teaching and learning, research and community engagement to natural endowments, flora and fauna in the province. He asserted that Tokwe Mukosi Dam, one of the biggest inland water body that was envisaged to transform the province into the bread basket of Zimbabwe was complete. Therefore, it was an area that the University’s regional campus had to capitalise on through tangible research and community engagements, in order to claim its place as a world class university. The Vice Chancellor, gave the following examples of problem solving research areas that our academics could focus on, the lowveld, where sugarcane production takes place, Chivi and Mwenezi where small grains production is ripe, and wine production from the abundant marula trees in the province.
Professor Gundani urged the staff to deliver quality and excellence service to both students and stakeholders. Quality and excellence service is a hallmark of a competitive world. He acknowledged the regional campus initiatives undertaken towards empowering the locals around Masvingo province.