Platinum rewards outstanding business students

HARARE - Asset management firm Platinum Investment Managers (Platinum) has awarded excelling students from six universities in the country who participated in its Platinum University Student Challenge.

In the competition — targeted at rewarding talent and brilliance amongfinance and business faculty students — scholars are invited throughtheir universities to participate in research and essay writing.

The winners of this year’s edition are Prince Hwenjere of National University of Science and Technology followed by first runner up Chrispen Chinyau from Chinhoyi University of Technology and Thelma Chimbganda of Women’s Univeristy of Africa, who is the second runner-up.

The prizes were $1 000, $750 and $250 respectively.

The money is paid directly to the student’s tuition fees account at the university, in order to ease pressure on their education needs.

“The birth of this competition was driven by the fact that we cannot divorce the development of the financial sector from developing talent that will take-over from current industry leaders,” said Prosper Mapika, Platinum’s managing director.

He indicated that Platinum had plans to make the competition bigger and more useful to society.

Speaking at the unveiling of the awards, Securities Commission of Zimbabwe chairperson Willia Bonyongwe said, “Part of the mandate of the Securities Commission is investor education and in this we work very closely with schools, colleges and universities. Therefore, we are glad that Platinum is doing its bit through this competition at University level.”

She added: “The initiative encourages students to think broadly and engage in debate, and to proffer practical solutions to issues of national development.”

Platinum launched the competition in 2011, in realisation of the need to provide students from local universities with a platform to share their ideas on issues of national development.

Participants are given research topics guided by economic issues affecting the country.

The essays are put before judges for assessment and rating, on the basis of originality of ideas, modernity and practicality of solutions, and lack of plagiarism.

In this year’s edition of the competition, students were asked to research on ways of harnessing capital inflows into mining as well as on strategies to support and sustain small-scale gold mining. - Business Writer

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