Our Projects


Enhancing Engineering Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe won the second phase of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) grant for Enhancing Engineering Education in Southern Africa. The project will run with NUST as the hub institution for two years (2017 – 2018). This phase follows the first phase that was run by the University of Zimbabwe as the hub institution and NUST as one of the spoke institutions. The second phase was officially launched on the 21st of March 2017, at Holiday Inn in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The launch and first workshop was attended by 100 delegates from the Faculty of Industrial Technology at NUST, representatives of spoke institutions as well as industry representatives.

About the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Academy’s activities in education and training tackle the strategic challenge of creating a system of engineering education and training that satisfies the aspirations of young people while delivering the high calibre engineers and technicians that businesses need.

The Academy works with partners to encourage more young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools, FE colleges and universities, where the Academy enriches outcomes by bringing real-world engineering practice into the student experience. The Academy is working to encourage more people, especially young women and people from a wider range of backgrounds, to work as engineering technicians, graduate engineers and engineering researchers. (read more)


Leather Value Chain : Fibre & Polymer Materials Engineering

Leather Value Chain

The Department of Fibre and Polymer Materials Engineering is currently engaged in the leather value chain project targeting both Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North regions. To propel this project, Memoranda of Agreement were signed between the Department and COMESA/LLPI, COLMIN Resources Zimbabwe, MINDPOWER Consulting Pbc, and Lupane Women Centre. Other partners include the Ministries of Industry and Commerce, and Small to Medium Enterprises.  A needs assessment for leather SMEs was conducted in the Matabeleland Region. Needs identified included among others finance, transport, marketing skills, raw materialsand equipment.   
Responsibilities of our partners are as follows: 
  •  Mindpower Consulting Pbc helps in the leather value chain training,
  • COLMIN Resources Zimbabwe helps educate communities in cooperative management and business development.
  • Lupane Women Centre assists with the mobilisation and organisation of communities.
  • The Ministries of Industry and Commerce provides training materials.
  • Small to Medium Enterprises educates communities on SMEs establishments and registration 
The Department is also involved in a Faculty programme by the Royal Academy of Engineers (RAE) and through this programme the members of staff has had practical experience in the leather value chain. Lupane Leather Cluster is one of the clusters being established while the Gwanda cluster (Octagon) is already registered and manufacturing
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