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Solusi Uni to use crowd-funding to fund expansion

 

Solusi University will this year celebrate its 120-year anniversary by embarking on a crowd-funding campaign to mobilise resources for a seven-year development programme which features two key projects.

The campaign is expected to raise more than $3 million dollars which will be channelled towards construction of Chegutu Solusi University campus as well as transforming student’s campus life at the institution's main base near Bulawayo.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com the campaign director David Chitate said they have decided to raise funding for the projects through relatively modest contributions from a large group of individuals rather than seeking substantial sums from a small number of investors.

“It is sought of a fundraising from friends and alumina (people can contribute as little as $10US) and we will be using social media and internet platforms to appeal to alumni and members of the world church,” he said.

“The university has been facilitated by the General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist church and all donors will be issued with a receipt for accounting purposes.”

Some of the money raised will be used for the provision of a minimum package of student services towards transforming current student’s experiences into exceptional 21st century campus student life at affordable prices.

Chitate said they would also conduct round table programmes targeted at a few selected donors as well as Adventist business people and professionals at a conference to be hosted by the university.

“This fundraising project will be implemented within 16 months between October this year and December 2015 with a 30 member campaign team comprising former and current students; but the composition will change when some members get back to school in May next year.”

The second development priority is building of Chegutu Solusi University campus.

“Solusi has already registered students that have started classes at Chegutu campus using tempory facilities,” said Chitate.

“The 60 hectare campus site will house proposed new faculties such as engineering and technology, mining, health and agriculture faculties.”

Chitate said his University has the heritage of over a century of contributing to human growth, the betterment of the society and the enhancement of the quality of life.

 

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