Midlands reporter

The partnership between the Midlands State University and Tel Aviv
University in Israel has started showing positive signs after two MSU
students recently completed master degree programmes in molecular
biology and ecology of plants respectively in the middle eastern
country, The Gweru Times has learnt.

The two higher learning institutions signed a memorandum of
understanding in March 2017 in exchange programmes among other areas
of academic cooperation.

“The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Midlands State
University and Tel Aviv University has begun to bear fruit, with two
MSU students having completed a Master of Science in Molecular Biology
and Ecology of Plants,”MSU said in a statement.

“The two students, Anyway Chofamba and Bridget Mwabvu began their 18
months programme in October 2017, following the signing of the
Memorandum of Understanding.”

According to MSU executive dean of Natural Resources Management and
Agriculture, Johnson Masaka the two students become the first in the
faculty to have skills in molecular biology.
He said the students could offer capacity to the faculty to venture
into molecular biology a field he described as “relevant and answers
to calls by the national skills audit.”

Last year MSU partnered another Israeli research institution,
Ben-Gurion University, on sustainable water management and
preservation research in a bid to transform local communities’
livelihoods.

The collaboration would also see the two institutions researching
towards investment in aquaculture, fisheries and water management

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