Zimbabwe to spend $1 billion on university honoring Mugabe

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

Zimbabwe's Cabinet has approved spending at least one billion U.S. dollars (£770 million) to create a university in honour of President Robert Mugabe, a minster has said.

"There can be no better recognition of President Mugabe's commitment to education and his exemplary leadership", Moyo added.

"Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University", Jonathan Moyo, minister of tertiary education, told a news conference. "The Robert Gabriel Mugabe University will be a STEM institution created to facilitate the discovery of scientific, technological and engineering solutions to improve the quality of life of our country and humanity".

The university will be managed by the Robert Mugabe Foundation, with President Mugabe and First Lady, Grace Mugabe being the founding trustees.

Moyo said it would cost more than the 1 billion dollars to complete the university, which will be equipped with state of the art laboratories and schooling equipment.

About 800 million U.S. dollars will be spent on the university's construction and 200 million USA dollars put toward an endowment for research and innovation.

The institution will have capacity to enroll 15,000 students who will be incubated by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).

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