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HIT Launches New Training Programmes in Emerging Technologies & Cyber Security

The department of Chemical Processes and Systems Engineering (CPSE) and Information Security and Assurance, working in collaboration with the Technology Centre, are launching new short course training programmes.

The training programmes are being offered to enable continuous professional development of target groups within industry and commerce. Nanotechnology has emerged as one of the leading fields of science, engineering and technology; with tremendous potential to transform Zimbabwean industries. Applications of nanotechnology are expected to impact essentially every technological sector, and in due course transform the socio-economic environment of the world at large.

The department of Chemical Processes and Systems Engineering (CPSE) will hold two courses: "Fundamentals of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" and " Nanotechnology."

Fundamentals of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is two-day intensive short course that starts from the 7 - 8 June 2018. It covers an introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials, Applications of Nanotechnology and Laboratory based practical work. This course will offer participants the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of materials and their properties at the atomic and nanometer scales, including an understanding of the intimate relationship between the scale and the properties of materials as well as current applications and cutting-edge technologies within nanoscience and nanotechnology. It will also offer practical skills in synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials.

The three-day short course on Nanotechnology is slated for 13 – 15 June 2018, targeting academics and industrialists. It brings together relevant knowledge from the disciplines of basic sciences; - giving a vital understanding of the integrated multidisciplinary nature of nanoscience and nanotechnology for generation of novel and high value nano-enabled products. Participants are set to gain practical skills in synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials. They will also get an appreciation of potential applications of nanotechnology in process and product improvements. This course is also set to promote and strengthen research and innovation in nanotechnology within universities, research institutions and industry, as well as enhancing local and international collaboration among stakeholders involved in nanotechnology activities

The two short courses will be conducted by a qualified and experienced Nanotechnologist and the mode of teaching involves lectures, presentations and oral practical engagements, combined with online computer interactions, laboratory practicals and special fieldwork.

Commenting on the launch of these training programmes, Eng. Perkins Muredzi, Dean of the School of Industrial Sciences and Technology said the University has realised the need for industrialists, professionals and tertiary students to have an understanding of the emerging discipline of nanoscience and nanotechnology in current key applications of medicine, environment, food, energy and ICTs. "It has also been observed that there is currently a challenge to provide school teachers and educators with a lasting tool they can use for their teaching to integrate nanoscience and nanotechnology concepts in their activities.  Besides the fundamentals the programmes will endeavour to illustrate new methods and materials, as well as explain and discuss the theory, applications and scientific experimentations on nanosciences and nanotechnologies," he said.

Eng. Muredzi added that nanotechnology has become the leading frontier of science and is now deeply embedded in our contemporary living. Such developments, he said warranted meaningful and conscientious training and instruction on this emerging science.  "There is a need to train educationalists on the subject of nanoscience and nanotechnology as the country gears to embrace Industrial Revolution 4.0, and to enrich the Zimbabwean educational system with innovative tools, methods and instruments to develop the new skills and understandings which are required to deliver responsible innovation," he said.

The Department of Information Security and Assurance is also launching new intensive, hands-on continuous professional development training workshops to interested corporate organizations, entrepreneurs and professionals in the ICT sector who are seeking professional advancement in computer forensics and incident response. The courses on offer include:

Training will be held at the new HIT Digital Forensics Lab and conducted by a team of experts in cybersecurity.

The training sessions are scheduled for weekend, evening and block release and onsite sessions can be offered on request. The first session is scheduled to start from 5-8 June, second session from 2-13 July, third from 10-21 September, while the last session will begin from 3-14 December 2018.