Reformed Church University to build industrial hub for disabilities

CONSTANTINE CHAGONDA

MASVINGO – The Reformed Church University held its 5th graduation ceremony at its campus in Masvingo on Friday last week where 180 students were capped.

One of the major projects that the University is embarking upon is the establishment of an industrial hub that will focus on the production of special devices for use by people living with disabilities, a senior official told guests.

The graduands were from the faculties of Education, faculty of Arts, social sciences, theology and heritage. At least 400 well-wishers attended the graduation.

Clapos Masvinyangwa from the faculty of education majoring in special needs education emerged the best male student after he received a trophy, price money, book price and a shield while Precious Nyurura from the faculty of education majoring in Early Childhood Development was the best female; she received a trophy, price money and book price and a shield.

Church Moderator and Chancellor Rev Isaac Pandasvika presided over the graduation and the Minister of State for Masvingo, Ezra Chadzamira attended.

Pandasvika said the University’s mandate is to produce quality graduands who will effortlessly fit in the socio-economic landscape of the country.

RCU Vice Chancellor Prof Obert Maravanyika said the University is building an industrial hub that will focus on inclusivity and innovation around disabilities.

“RCU is planning to establish an inclusivity industrial hub for different types of disabilities. The hub will make, adapt, warehouse, sell and research on various assistive devices for differently-abled individuals.

“We are in the process of establishing relations with institutions across the world that are involved in different types of disability in order to improve on our teaching, research, innovation and industrialization.”

Chadzamira challenged RCU to add value to the economic trajectory of the nation, emphasizing on Masvingo’s advantage of having human and natural resources which can push for agricultural success which they should take advantage of.

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