MAPUTO– The Mozambican government is negotiating with China to fund the costruction of a mid-level polytechnic in Gorongosa town, in the central province of Sofala.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher and Technical Education said in a media statement here Monday that this would be a professional and technical training institute with the capacity to accommodate 400 students.
The polutechnic would be set up on an area of 310 hectares — 10 hectares for school buildings, and 300 hectares for agriculture and livestock facilities, the statement said.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Jorge Nhambiu, on Monday received a Chinese delegation in Maputo, with whom he discussed the design of the Gorongosa institute, which will cost an estimated 18 million US dollars.
The eight-member Chinese team included designers and engineers as well as the manager in charge of overall co-ordination.
The Institute wll include classrooms, libraries, laboratories, workshops, dormitories, a kitchen and a canteen which can accommodate 210 people. There will also be houses for the teachers, a gymnasium and sports facilities.
It will teach courses linked with agriculture, livestock, agricultural processing, renewable energies, and information communication technology (ICT).
Nhambiu, according to the media statement, told the visiting delegation he wants the Gorongosa institute to become a centre of excellence, as a step towards Mozambique becoming a reference point for excellence in Technical and Professional Education within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region.
Once the executive project of the institute is ready and approved, construction should take 24 months.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK