The University of Zimbabwe is expected to introduce a new Honours Degree in Automotive Engineering.The program will be an addition to UZ’s School of Engineering which currently offers 7 engineering degree programs which include Civil, Metallurgical, and Mechanical Engineering among others.
Why UZ is introducing the program
The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Levi Nyagura, indicated the move is being made in a bid to reduce the money spent on car-related imports. He noted that the cars assembled locally are way too expensive and out of the reach of most citizens, Especially when compared to second-hand imports from other markets like Japan. So the introduction of this program helps lower costs in the local automotive industry.
Nyagura also said the introduction of the program was made in line with UZ’s vision, which is “to offer top-notch degree programmes that are relevant to the situation in present-day Zimbabwe and beyond.”
When will it be implemented
UZ is yet to announce when the program will actually be introduced. The impact of such a program will obviously be felt in the long-term, maybe even a few years after the first classes to enroll have graduated.
With South Africa and Nigeria automotive industries struggling it will be interesting to see how Zimbabwe, which has significantly fewer people, will fare in the automotive industry as the government has been thinking of banning second-hand imports.
I think the introduction of this degree programme comes as good news to those who harbor an interest in that particular field. What do you make of UZ’s move? Let’s talk in the comments below.
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