The Midlands State University (MSU)’s faculty of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering has been awarded a €140 000 grant by a London-based institution, Royal Academy of Engineering, to support engineering research and teaching activities.

The development is also expected to foster closer partnerships between the academia and industry, which is in tandem with President Mnangagwa’s vision of making universities industrial hubs that incubate developmental ideas that would be used to transform industries.

MSU executive dean of the faculty Dr Antony Mamuse said the project, being run under the Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa (HEPSSA), supports engineering professionals, academics and students with study bursaries, business start-up funding, research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships, public engagement and prizes in recognition of significant feats in engineering.

Dr Mamuse said the grant will complement the institution’s research focus areas that seek to improve mining efficiency and promote value addition of minerals.

He said the programme will be implemented in the country in partnership with local companies and universities, as well as UK-based universities.herald