Bindura University to represent Zimbabwe at 2012 Boost World Cup

BINDURA University has scooped this year's Building Opportunities On Student Talent (Boost) Fellowship Programme and will, therefore, this year represent Zimbabwe at the 2012 World Cup in the United States of America (USA).

Bindura University beat 10 other national institutions in Zimbabwe.

In second place were Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), while third place went to Africa University based in Mutare.

Africa University also scooped the "Thematic Award" of the 2012 competition sponsored by Delta Corporation Limited (Delta).

Solusi University did not participate in the competition while Great Zimbabwe University was accepted as a new participant according to Saliwe Mtetwa-Zacharia the Boost Fellowship Programme Director.

"This competition is held to teach students at a very young age how to become successful in business people," George Mutendadzamera, Delta's Corporate Affairs Director said at the event held in Harare.

"For you to be a successful business person and for your company to succeed you must operate in a safe environment. Doing business the right way is our intention as a company. Once you are taught the right way while you are still young then you will grow up knowing good business ethics."

This year's theme was – "Ethics and the cyberspace", and was supported by Delta a blue-chip counter listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).

Delta is Zimbabwe's most heavily capitalised firms and is among the top three firms operating on the ZSE today.

Mtetwa-Zacharia said: "We want to build a leader with a passion for Zimbabwe. This year we had a new kid on the block in the name of Great Zimbabwe University who, however, did not participate. they will do so next year and join the others. All of you are winners today and must be proud of yourselves."

The Boost Fellowship Programme is ab acronym for Building Opportunities On Student Talent.

It is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2000 to "make a difference in the lives of young people".

"It enables students (whom we call fellows) to adopt a possibility oriented approach towards their personal and professional lives," Mtetwa-Zacharia said.

"The Boost Fellowship Programme is based on the paradigm we call – 'Entrepreneur Intelligence' – which refers to the mindset that enables a person to see the possibilities of life, rather than to focus on the problems that life presents."

In an exclusive interview a student from Midlands State University said: "It has helped me socially, technically, and has also taught me to meet other people and students around Zimbabwe. I have met you today for the very first time. We can and could meet again some other time probably when I finish my studies.

"It has also taught me and has been an intellectual exercise for me."

Meanwhile, Mutendadzamera said there was too much corruption in Zimbabwe today and the programme helped the students not to be corrupt.

"The level of corruption is very high in Zimbabwe right now," he said.

"You are taught accepting behavior and how to be above corruption as well as how to impact business in a certain and acceptable way.

"It is very important to implement such good practices at an early age."

Participating universities included Africa University, Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE), Catholic University in Zimbabwe (CUZ), Chinhoyi University of Technology, Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), National University of Science and Technology (NUST), University of Zimbabwe (UZ), and the Women's University in Africa (WUA).

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