Kudzai Mbinda - Chemical Engineering (St George’s, Africa Leadership Academy (ALA) and University of Rochester, USA)

Mbinda, Mutekwa are the winners of the 2022 Rhodes Scholarship

THE Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholarship selection committee has announced the winners of the 2022 Scholarships.

The Scholars-elect are Macdonald Mutekwa and Kudzai Mbinda.

As recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship, they will attend the University of Oxford beginning in October 2022, on full scholarship, to pursue postgraduate study. They join a global community that has grown since the first award of the scholarship in 1903.

For nearly 120-years, over 8,000 Rhodes Scholars from around the world have gone on to serve at the forefront of education, research, business, the arts, development, government, and other sectors.

Mr. Dalumuzi Mhlanga the Zimbabwe National Secretary of the Rhodes Trust said, “The process of selecting two Rhodes Scholars from Zimbabwe, every year, allows us a glimpse into the future of our country.

“The selection committee and I are always very encouraged that we have successive generations of capable young people who can and will contribute the best of their intellect and energy for our country’s benefit.

“We reviewed dozens of applications from young people in areas such as medicine, engineering, mathematics, actuarial science, law and the social sciences.

“They all shared a deep and unwavering commitment to impacting their communities – it’s truly amazing the lengths they have gone to excel outside the classroom, as much as they have in their studies”.

Members of the selection committee include past Rhodes Scholars and prominent Zimbabweans across various sectors, namely: Dr. Tariro Makadzange, Prof. Arthur Mutambara, Ms. Anjalee Patel, Ms. Karin Alexander, Mr. Promise Ncube, Ms. Thoko Moyo, and Dr. Solomon Guramatunhu.

In reacting to winning the scholarship, Kudzai Mbinda, a final-year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Rochester in the USA who is an alumnus of both St. George’s College and the African Leadership Academy, reflected, “Being announced as a Rhodes Scholar-elect was a surreal and humbling moment.

“I plan to leverage the knowledge and network that I develop at Oxford to contribute to the development of the industrial sector in Zimbabwe by using business as a tool to drive growth.”

22-year-old Kudzai Mbinda

Macdonald Mutekwa who completed his high school at St. Ignatius College and holds a first-class degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China shared similar reflections.

“Being selected and announced as a Rhodes Scholar-elect for Zimbabwe was and remains a surreal experience particularly from such an amazing group of equally talented and motivated Finalists who continue to inspire me as my peers.

“Moving forward, I realize my responsibility to further my hopes and aspirations and those of the Zimbabwean and African people I represent.”

Macdonald Mutekwa

Each year, the Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholarship committee selects two candidates who have completed or are about to complete their undergraduate studies, on the basis of their intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service.

In recent years, Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholars of all backgrounds – across gender, race and academic discipline – have been selected from both local and international Universities.

The next application cycle opens on 1st June 2022.

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