Proposed Incubation Plan for Mugabe University [Full 18-page​ Document]

Establishment   of   the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University by Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science  and  Technology  D e v e l opment : 9 August 2017

 

Proposed Incubation Plan

 

 

  • Background

 

 

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) will lead the process of incubating a University bearing a name of an iconic and the most distinguished leader and educationist with strong values on international solidarity, Pan Africanism, nationalism, patriotism, industrialization and modernization, and sustainable development; the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University will be located (R.G. Mugabe University) in the Mazowe Valley in Mashonaland Central Province.

 

The Mazowe Valley is situated in the Mazowe District which is 36km North West of the City of Harare in Mashonaland Central Province. The proposed site of the R.G. Mugabe University is located in the scenic Mazowe Valley. The R.G. Mugabe University shall be established to uphold His Excellency President Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s strong values that have distinguished him as an outstanding international, Pan African, Regional and National leader.

 

In order to ensure that President R.G. Mugabe’s legacy is preserved and passed on to future generations, the international R.G. Mugabe University will have a Responsible

 

Authority under the auspices of the Robert Mugabe Foundation whose Founding Trustees are His Excellency President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the First Lady, Amai Dr Grace Mugabe.

 

 

  • The Robert Gabriel Mugabe Institute

 

In order to preserve and pass on the legacy of President Mugabe, there shall be established at the proposed University, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Institute which would focus on research, historical collections, library and studies on the leadership, thinking and attributes that helped the man, Robert Gabriel Mugabe to evolve from humble beginnings into the iconic leader nationalists, Pan Africanist, revolutionary, educationist, strategist and champion of the rights of the downtrodden the world over.

 

 

  • Academic Focus of the R. G. Mugabe University

 

The academic focus of the R. G. Mugabe University must demonstrate the role of Information and Communication Technology, the brainchild of His Excellency President Mugabe in the education sector, in industrialization and modernization of the country. In this regard, research and training targeted at industrialization and modernization must be anchored on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In particular, impactful innovative research must search for discoveries and solutions to improve the quality of lives of our society. To attain high-level impactful research, there is need to collaborate with government, industry and leading academic partners to ensure that we are addressing pertinent development issues.

 

It is observed that leading universities world-wide that contribute significantly to national development use a number of development models that include:

 

It must be noted that the focus must be on applied research.

 

World-wide observed experiences show that technologies are the major vehicles for industrialization and modernization with the ultimate goal of improving the welfare of the society.  Education and training anchored on STEM as a foundation is a catalyst for fast industrialization and modernization of the Zimbabwean economy. It is therefore, necessary to develop training programmes to produce super experts who become champions in the industrialization and modernization national agenda.

It is thus proposed that the broad curriculum of the R. G. Mugabe University should concentrate on critical areas almost exclusively at the graduate level. These discipline cluster areas include:

 

  • Computer Engineering with sub-specialties in Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, Network Engineering, Data Science, Augmented Reality Engineering, Internet of Things, Information Technology  etc.
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Engineering.
  • Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Architectural and Structural Engineering.
  • Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering with foundation areas of Quantum Physics, Electronics, Light Electrical Current, etc.
  • Biomedical Engineering focusing on drug manufacturing arising from thousands of medicinal plants in the country and continent.

 

 

 

  • International Relations and Geospatial Intelligence to enhance the security of the country, the region and the African continent.

 

 

 

  • Biotechnology Engineering focusing on human life enhancing applications such as Industrial Biotechnology (that enables the production of plastics, vegetable oils, bio-fuels and biodegradable products from crops), Environmental Biotechnology (to improve the environment, reduce and treat waste, produce products that are environmentally friendly, bioleaching in mining, recycling, etc) including Red Biotechnology, White Biotechnology and Blue Biotechnology.

 

 

 

  • In order for the design of the incubation process to address the determination of academic programmes, the drawing of the business plan and finalization of architectural plans, we are proposing the creation of eight working groups which are highlighted in Section 4 below. Furthermore, the design process is guided by the desired shape and size of the new university with a capacity of at least 15 000 students, construction cost of at least US$300 million and a Research Endowment Fund of US$100 million.
  • Charters for Working Groups

 

Following are charters, including mission, goals, guiding principles, and expectations, for each of the eight proposed Working Groups.

 

  • Governance Working Group Mission:

 

Identify an organizational structure that allows for

fulfillment of the new University goals, accommodates guiding principles, and enables ZIMCHE accreditation.

 

Goals:

  • Identify the best structure to achieve goals as well as ZIMCHE accreditation.
  • Determine organizational structure, including:
  • Council membership (including the composition and terms of membership), voting rights, committees, relationship to the Trustees of the Robert Mugabe Foundation, decision rights.
  • Senate reporting relationship(s) to the Council.
  • Fiscal management.
  • Human Resources legal frameworks for both academic and non- academic staff.
  • Research structure.
  • Develop policies that facilitate the participation of third parties in education and research programmes.
  • Determine the Court of Arms for the R.G. Mugabe University.

Guiding Principles:

  • The new University must provide value to community through economic growth.
  • The University’s mission must align with national interest.
  • The new University must be a nimble and flexible organization that will be able to respond quickly to opportunities and challenges faced by the nation.

 

Expectations of Governance Working Group:

Assist in the development of draft business plan by 31 December 2017 including:

  • Determine proposed structure to achieve desired goals as well as ZIMCHE accreditation.
  • Propose Senate reporting relationship and research structure.
  • Determine a Court of Arms for the new University.
  • Determine the role of the Patron in the operations of the University.

 

  • Finance and Revenue Working Group

 

Mission:

 

Identify expenses and revenues associated with

developing a sustainable new graduate research focused University that achieves the goals, industrialization and modernization of the economy.

 


Goals:

  • Working with Human Resources, Facilities, and Curriculum and Admission Working Groups, determine projected revenue and expenses by source for start-up years and first 10 years of operation.
  • Determine estimate for tuition fees.
  • Develop fundraising projections by identifying fundraising goals and strategies to achieve University goals.
  • Explore potential for state to provide funding for construction costs.
  • Determine financial resources that might be sourced from potential friends of the R.G. Mugabe University.
  • Determine value of non-financial resources donated to the University.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Maintain an internal control environment which enhances sound business practices, and defines roles, responsibilities, and accountability.
  • Guide budget development to enable the new University to prepare scientist leaders through the most cost-effective, innovative delivery of higher education.

 


Expectations of the Finance and Revenue Working Group:

Assist with the development of a draft business plan by

31 December 2017 including:

  • Estimate costs associated with fundraising strategies required for start-up and first 10 years of operation of the new University.
  • Estimate if tuition will be the same as tuition for existing Universities.
  • Develop fundraising projection estimates.
  • Working with the Research Working Group, develop commercialization/licensing revenue projections for start-up and first 10 years of operation of the new University.
  • Identify and determine value of non-financial resources donated to the R.G. Mugabe University.

 

 

  • Curriculum and Admissions Working Group

 

 

Mission:

Develop an outline for a curriculum that prepares

students to become research and business development leaders able to deliver technological products and solutions leading to creation of enterprises.

 

Goals:

  • Identify overall objectives of the curriculum.
  • Develop an outline for the proposed curriculum.
  • Identify ways to facilitate interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration, and incorporate research focus.


  • Identify the profile of an ideal student.
  • Identify methods for curriculum review.
  • Develop selection criteria for students that align with the goals of the STEM focused new University.
  • Develop proposed recruitment and admissions policies.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Incorporate analytical techniques, innovations and multi-disciplinary teams into a human systems approach to advancing and delivering technological products and solutions.
  • Focus on the intersection of Engineering/ Technology and Enterprise development.
  • Incorporate team-based projects that  bring  together engineering and technology students and opportunities for social and informal interactions to facilitate the development of technological products/solutions.
  • Generate opportunities for multidisciplinary courses, laboratories, and team projects that include academic staff and students from multiple disciplines to develop the skills needed to work in teams.
  • Develop strength in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • The University to become a global leader in STEM education, emerging technologies, higher education, research, and preparing students to be champions of innovation and enterprise development for industrialization and modernization of the economy.

 


  • Strong staff development plan to assure success of the new curriculum.

 

Expectations of Curriculum and Admissions Working Group:

Assist with the development of a draft business plan by

31 December 2017 including:

  • Working with the Human Resources Working Group, review and provide input to full-time and part-time academic and research staff cost estimates provided by the Finance and Revenue Working Group.
  • Identify overall objectives of the curriculum.
  • Develop an outline for the proposed curriculum.
  • Identify ways to facilitate interdisciplinary and interprofessional training and incorporate research focus of the curriculum.
  • Identify the profile of an ideal graduate student.

 

  • Research Working Group Mission:

 

Develop a top-tier world class research enterprise that enables the new University to receive $100 million in research funding by the time it turns 25 years, and promotes innovative learning in an entrepreneurial environment, facilitates transformative research at the intersection of engineering, basic sciences and technology, and supports the goals of the new University


Goals:

  • Develop an outline of proposed research strategy and plan.
  • Identify existing and potential funding sources.
  • Develop research funding projections to provide to the Finance and Revenue Working Group for incorporation into revenue component of the business plan budget.
  • Provide guidance to the Finance and Revenue and Human Resources Working Groups to assist with the development of estimated infrastructure and personnel costs related to research.
  • Identify existing research resources that can be leveraged for use by the new University.
  • Identify existing research focus areas for industrialization and modernization.
  • Identify existing researchers, projects, and infrastructure, especially in areas where interdisciplinary and/or translational research currently exists as a strategy to attract the most talented staff.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Develop and grow a transformative research programme that leverages Computing, Big Data, Engineering and Technology to contribute to industrialization and modernization of the country.
  • Fully integrate next generation technology and customized learning to increase and maximize student success in research and business development.

 


  • The new University will conduct innovative research and receive significant research funding.
  • Foster an open research model that includes diverse disciplines and organizations to facilitate innovation and business development. In particular, promote the following development models:

 

  • Create an organization that can rapidly address compliance and Intellectual Property issues.

 

Expectations of Research Working Group:

Assist with the development of a draft business plan by 31 December 2017 including:

  • Working with the Human Resources Working Group, review and provide input to cost estimates for full- time and part-time academic and research staff for start-up and first 10 years of operation of the R.G. Mugabe University.
  • Working with the Facilities Working Group, identify space and estimate related costs necessary to facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research.

 


  • Develop grants and contracts revenue projections for start-up and first 10 years of operation of the R.G. Mugabe University.
  • Working with Finance and Revenue Working Group, develop commercialization/licensing revenue projections for start-up and first 10 years of operation of the R.G. Mugabe University.
  • Identify existing researchers, projects, and infrastructure, especially in areas where interdisciplinary and/or translational research currently exists to facilitate collaboration.
  • Develop an outline of proposed research strategy and plan for the new University.
  • Identify existing research resources that can be leveraged for use by the new University.
  • Identify existing research focus areas of national interest.

 

 

  • Human Resources Working Group Mission

 

Identify the human resources needed to achieve the

goals of the new University.

 

Goals:

  • Develop full-time and part-time personnel cost estimates for start-up and first 10 years of operation.
  • Working with the Curriculum and Admissions Working Group, estimate required number of Postdoctoral researchers, PhDs, technical research staff and support staff.

 


  • Develop the best option for academic and research staff/business practice plan/guidelines.
  • Provide guidance to the Finance and Revenue Working Group to develop projections for revenue provided by staff practice plan to the new University.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Decisions governed by goals as well as ZIMCHE accreditation requirements.
  • Research and Academic staff of the new University will demonstrate inquiry, innovation, team orientation, system thinking, and ability to effectively interrelate between academic and research areas.

 

Expectations of Human Resources Working Group: Assist with the development of a draft business plan by 31 December 2017 including:

  • Working with Curriculum and Admissions and Research Working Groups, review and provide input to full-time and part-time personnel cost estimates.
  • Provide time management plan structure (how are researchers and academic staff to be employed, how many are to be employed in each area, how many will teach and/or conduct research, how is teaching and research a n d s e r v i c e time to be balanced, how is financial contribution from innovations to be made to the University).
  • Proposed process/system for addressing compensation and tenure for staff.

 


 

  • Facilities Working Group

 

Mission

Develop a facilities plan that will enable fulfillment of the goals of the new University.

 

Goals:

  • Identify facilities and associated costs needed to deliver quality teaching and research services.
  • Identify resources needed to educate students and facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research, including library resources, laboratory space, IT training center, engineering workshops and other technologies.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Ensure facilities meet ZIMCHE requirements.
  • Create comfortable, attractive, and stimulating environments that support collaboration and diverse learning styles and opportunities.
  • Respond to current and future information, communication, and technology needs.
  • Provide facilities that support the delivery of educational programmes that will be adaptable to future demographic, educational, and community needs.

 


Expectations of Facilities Working Group:

Assist with the development of a draft business plan by 31 December 2017 including:

  • Review and provide input to facilities cost estimates.
  • Estimate the immediate and future resources and associated costs needed to meet the goals of the new University, including library, laboratory space, IT training center, and other technologies.

 

 

  • Accreditation Working Group

 

 

Mission

 

Achieve preliminary accreditation by June 2018.

 

Goals:

  • Determine preliminary accreditation costs and responsibilities.
  • Develop timeline for ZIMCHE accreditation.
  • Engage ZIMCHE informally to secure documents on establishing a new University.
  • Provide guidance to Working Groups as appropriate based on input from ZIMCHE.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Accreditation process should be efficient and cost- effective.
  • Collaborate with other accrediting bodies to avoid conflicting standards, and to minimize duplication of efforts.
  • Ensure expertise and experience needed to enable successful accreditation are present.

 


Expectations of Accreditation Working Group: Provide guidance to working groups as appropriate based on input from ZIMCHE.

 

 

  • Communications and Government Relations Working Group

 

Mission:

  • Communicate the positive impacts the new University will have on the country and region.
  • Generate support for the new University throughout the country, the region, and potential funders.

 

Goals:

  • Develop communications and government relations plans to generate support and communicate key messages regarding the development, mission, and goals of the new University.
  • Determine costs associated with development and implementation of communications and government relations plans.
  • Explore potential for the fiscus to provide funding for construction costs.
  • Coordinate appropriate communication activities with all supporting media houses.
  • The following goals are to be addressed once the plan has been approved and accepted:
  • Establish a format for regularly communicating details and milestones of the process with general audiences.

 


  • Disseminate an array of collateral material that is accurate and consistent via a range of distribution outlets.
  • Hold speaking engagements with key groups/ constituencies for select officials to speak about the progress and purpose of the University.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Communicate directly, regularly and accurately with numerous audiences across the nation and region about the development, mission, and goals of the new University.

 

Expectations of Communications and Government Relations Working Group:

Assist with the development of a draft business plan by

31 December 2017 including:

  • Estimate costs associated with development and implementation of communications and government relations plan.
  • Estimate feasibility for the fiscus to provide funding for construction costs.
  • Develop an outline for proposed communications and government relations plan, including fundraising goals and strategies, and plan to communicate feasibility study.

 

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