Universities will copy Nust’s hosting model


National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Student Housing Model

BY SILISIWE MABALEKA

THE Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) will replicate the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) student accommodation model at other universities to alleviate shortages at tertiary institutions.

IDBZ Managing Director Thomas Zondo Sakala said as much last week as he visited the Nust student residences being built by the bank in Bulawayo.

“As IDBZ, we have seen a need for student accommodation in higher education institutions. This student residence will accommodate 1,032 students. We will replicate this model across the country. We intend to start the project in Lupane town followed by Kwekwe College, Gwanda, Harare, Bindura and Chinhoyi State University,” Sakala said.

He further noted that the Nust student housing complex is a mini student town that has commercial facilities that will be available to students and the public, adding that there will be room for supermarkets like OK Zimbabwe and Bakers Inn, among other businesses.

During the tour, the National Minister for Housing and Social Amenities, Daniel Garwe, appreciated the work done by the IDBZ in addressing student housing challenges.

“I appreciate what the IDBZ is doing to address housing challenges. We are pleased with the work done by our private sector and the insurance company. The government is ready to provide affordable learning through the construction of student accommodation.

“Foreign investors are interested in providing student accommodation, we need them to engage with the IDBZ, we need to engage with the IDBZ and find partners across the country,” Garwe said.

Businessman and president of the student housing program, Joe Mutizwa, said college students face serious housing problems.

“If you look across the country at public and private universities, the level of students housed on campus is 10% to 15%. It is our effort as IDBZ to have a transformative impact,” Mutizwa said.

The project is a partnership between Old Mutual Life Assurance, the automotive industry pension fund and ZWM Nominees run by Zimnat and IDBZ.

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