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15 February 2017

Brain Drain Dilemma

Frankly, I don’t know whether to ululate and say am happy that our graduates and talented skills are finding home outside Zimbabwe because we are just sharp brains like that and they bring in funds through remittances. Read more

Higher Education Council Applauds MSU Infrastructure

The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (Zimche) has commended Midlands State University (MSU) for putting up state-of-the-art infrastructure in its bid to improve the learning and teaching environment at the higher learning institution. Read more

Pro-Vice Chancellor Officially Commissions State-of-the-Art Equipment

In a landmark development that is set to enhance the teaching and learning of students in the Faculty of Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing, Midlands State University Pro-Vice Chancellor, Business Development and Administration, Professor has officially commissioned a consignment of state-of-the-art equipment, at the University’s Zvishavane Campus, for the Faculty’s Physical Metallurgy Laboratory. Read more

RBZ TO Give Students Loans

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has announced that students in higher and tertiary learning institution will in next six months start getting education loans to help parents and guardians who are struggling in paying fees. Read more

Varsity Degree to Be Minimum Qualification

Government is working on a policy and legislative reform that would see a university degree being the minimum qualification that could be attained by Zimbabweans who would have gone through tertiary education at one time. Read more

Zimbabwe Regime Mulls Demagogue Robert Mugabe University

Government is considering renaming a university after president Mugabe or have a new one in honour of his contribution to the education sector both in Zimbabwe and entire African continent. Read more

Zimdef Invest $9m in STEM

The Zimbabwe manpower development fund has invested more than $9 million for science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative with more than 10000 students benefiting. Read more

ZOU Vice Chancellor Accorded State Assisted Funeral

The late vice chancellor of the Zimbabwe Open University has been accorded a state assisted funeral. Read more

 

31 January 2017

Chinese Billionaire Launches Education Prize

Chinese technology billionaire has created the world’s most valuable education prize. Read more

Exhibiting a Caring Touch

As part of efforts to enhance the welfare of staff and students, Midlands State University recently commissioned newly built houses at the institution’s Gwenoro farm for its farm employees and future interns. Read more

Government Embarks on Sanctions Impact Research

Government has embarked on a research to establish the economic impact of western-imposed economic sanctions on Zimbabwe with the results expected to be used for policy formulation. Read more

Student Interests Suffer as Unions Pursue Party Agendas

Student unionism in Zimbabwe has become synonymous with party politics, compromising the unions’ ability to represent students and causing a great number of tertiary students who want nothing to do with party politics to actually shun national unions. Read more

University Workers Fret over Salary Cuts

Universities are fretting over pay cuts following a proposal by treasury to slash the 2017 budget for the ministry of higher and tertiary education science and technology development by about 50%. Read more

 

15 November 2016

Bindura Varsity Students Cry Foul Over De-Registration

Hundreds of Bindura University of Science Education students yesterday approached the Higher and Tertiary Education ministry in Harare claiming the institution wanted to bar them from proceeding with their studies until they passed modules they had failed. Read more

Higher Education Minister and Deputy Accused of Fraud

Zimbabwean police arrested Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy, Godfrey Gandawa, on Wednesday for allegedly misappropriating around US$450,000 from a manpower development fund that finances students, among other activities. Read more

Making the Curriculum Relevant to Societal Needs

Although no single definition may be said to be holistic in the explanation of complex phenomenon known as curriculum, it is simply referred to as a course of study. Read more

NUST Graduand Heckles Mugabe

A bold National University of Science and Technology (Nust) graduand yesterday cat-called at President Robert Mugabe during the institution’s graduation ceremony in Bulawayo. Read more

President Caps 2342 at NUST

President Mugabe capped 2342 graduates from various faculties at the National University of Science and Technology. Read more

Professor Moyo Arrest Suspended

Higher and tertiary education, science and technology development minister breathed a sigh of relief after the constitutional court suspended his arrest until a determination of his application challenging the constitutionality of the arrest. Read more

Start-Ups Hog Limelight at Education Summit

The 12th International education summit participants are calling for the implementation of start-ups policies in tertiary institutions to encourage entrepreneurship among graduates. Read more

 

31 October 2016

Academic Handholding: A New Low

Scholars rue the modern way of learning which seems to be motivated by the need to get results quicker with minimum effort. Read more

President Caps 2078 at Great Zim

President Mugabe capped 2078 graduands at the 10th Great Zimbabwe university graduation ceremony. Read more

Students in Arrears Must Write Exams

Tertiary institutions should not bar students from writing examinations on the grounds of failure to pay tuition fees. Read more

 

30 September 2016

Complement STEM Initiatives by Developing Infrastructure in Schools

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative of paying fees can only be successful if complemented by requisite infrastructural development in schools. Read more

International Varsities for Educational Expo

Education is fundamental tool in the empowerment of the young generation. Read more

Moyo Threatens to Withdraw Mugabe Protest Student’s Degree

Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo has threatened to withdraw the degree of student who demonstrated during the University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony. Read more

Polytechnics Challenged to Initiate STEM Funding

Polytechnic colleges have been urged to come-up with their own science, technology engineering and mathematics funding mechanism to support government industrialisation initiative. Read more

Prof. Moyo Condemns Corrupt Officials

The minister of higher and tertiary education, science and technology development has castigated some authorities for corruptly securing places for their relatives who do not qualify to be enrolled at tertiary institutions. Read more

Robert Mugabe’s Wife to Build a University in His Name

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe is planning to build Robert Mugabe University in honour of her husband, who is one of the world’s most educated presidents. Read more

Sanctions Impact Challenge for Researchers

The ministry of higher, tertiary education science and technology development is calling for proposals from researchers to carry out an in depth study on the impact of western imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe. Read more

Teachers Colleges to Become Universities

Mkoba teachers college will be the main university campus with a special mandate on teacher education. Read more

 

15 September 2016

Cash-Strapped Government Plans Four New Universities

Zimbabwe has officially added two new universities to a bevy of existing ones as the cash-strapped government surges ahead with its policy to establish a university in each of the country’s 10 provinces. Read more

Job Creation Top Priority

The government is not afraid to engage on job creation as it remains on track towards fulfilling its promises of transforming the economy. Read more

Moyo Slams Philanthropist’s Honorary Degree

Higher and Tertiary education minister has slammed the willy-willy conferment of honorary degrees by philanthropic organisations. Read more

Quality Assurance Committee Set for Ministry of Higher Education

The ministry of higher and tertiary education, science and technology development has set up an advisory committee whose mandate is to provide consultancy on quality assurance to polytechnics. Read more

Varsities Challenged to Be Creative, Innovative

Tertiary institutions have an important role to play in improving the welfare of communities, national economic growth and social progress through creative thinking and technological innovations. Read more

Zimbabwe’s Graduates are Unlikely to Heed the Ban on Protests

Zimbabwe is on the throes of a popular revolt. Read more

 

31 August 2016

1,000 Maths, Science Teachers

There are 900 Mathematics teacher vacancies in schools and Government has intensified training of such tutors with 1 000 set to be recruited in the next two years. Read more

Jonathan Moyo Continue Law Studies

Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo is continuing with his law degree studies in honour of his late daughter Zanele. Read more

STEAM: The New Eye in Education

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is the current initiative of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development. Read more

UZ Develops Flood Prediction System

The University of Zimbabwe has established a satellite-based flood monitoring system to predict the occurrence of floods in the SADC region to help prevent unnecessary loss of life and property. Read more

ZNNP+ Urges Universities, Colleges to Set Up On-Site ARV Distribution Centres

The Zimbabwe National Network for People Living with HIV and Aids (ZNNP+) has urged State universities and polytechnic colleges to take a cue from Midlands State University (MSU) and set up their own on-site anti-retroviral drug (ARV) distribution centres to cater for HIV-positive students. Read more

 

31 July 2016

Angry Lecturers Boo Top Government Officials over Unpaid Bonus

The government is yet to pay last year bonus to state university staff. Read more

Are Students Graduating Without Reading Whole Book

Something ominous is happening at the country’s institutions of higher learning where students appear to be graduating without ever finishing a single book. Read more

Government Mulls Turning Colleges into Industrial Training Centres

The higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development ministry is considering the transformation of more colleges into industrial training centres. Read more

Polytechnic to Offer Degrees

Government has endorsed the transformation of polytechnic colleges into degree offering institutions. Read more

Transformation of Polytechnics Long over Due

For almost a century, polytechnic colleges have churned out 70000 graduates for occupations across the industry sector. Read more

ZAOGA Varsity’s Law School Gets Nod

Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University this week got the green light to enrol law students after the Council for Legal Education found that the institution’s law school meets the required standards. Read more

 

15 July 2016

Choosing the Right Career

Today professionals swap job titles like kids trading snacks at lunch table, toggling between many companies and industries throughout the course of their career. Read more

Education Permanent Secretary Snubs Private College

Primary and secondary school permanent secretary refused to award the coveted Secretary’s bell award to private college in Bulawayo. Read more

Embrace Gender Equity, Training Centres Urged

Higher and tertiary education and science and technology minister has challenged industrial training institutions to embrace gender equity by enrolling more women. Read more

Lecturers Get 2015 Bonus

Lecturers and staff at grant–aided institutions will get their 2015 bonus while the rest of the civil service smile all the way to the bank. Read more

Reformed Church University Seeks To Build Campus

Masvingo based Reformed Church University is mobilising funds for the construction of the university campus being built about seven kilometres outside Masvingo along Bulawayo road. Read more

 

30 June 2016

Mat South Locals Demand Stake in Gwanda State University

Matabeleland South locals are complaining of being excluded from benefitting from the sole university in the province, Gwanda State University saying they were unaware of the institution’s intake dates and was already filled by “outsiders.” Read more

MP Calls On Mugabe to Resign As Universities’ Chancellor

Harare West MP has called on President Robert Mugabe to step down as chancellor of all state universities, arguing the workload was now too much for him given the increasing number of state universities in the country. Read more

Students, Varsity Workers Storm Chinamasa Office over Outstanding Salaries

The Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) has implored government to pay 9 000 staffers from the country’s 10 State universities their outstanding salaries and 2015 bonuses to allow the smooth running of the institutions. Read more

 

15 June 2016

Dumped Zimbabwe Students in Algeria Turns to Prostitute, Drug Dealing

Over 300 Zimbabwe students enrolled in various programs in Algeria under Zimbabwe-Algeria Bilateral scholarship program say some of them have now turned into prostitution and drug dealing in order to survive. Read more

Grace Barred Talks over Fake PhD

First lady Grace Mugabe silenced former higher and tertiary education minister from discussing her controversial doctorate in public. Read more

Graduate Vendors- A Clear Sign of Failed Govt Policies

Recent revelation that more than 2000 university graduates in Harare and Bulawayo have resorted to street vending as a means of survival are damning indication of government failure to manage economy. Read more

Mugabe Urged to Step Down as Chancellor of State Universities

Harare West MP Jessie Majome (MDC-T) has called on President Robert Mugabe to step down as chancellor of all State universities, arguing the workload was now too much for him given the increasing number of State universities in the country. Read more

Reprieve for Zim Students on Scholarships

Government has raised $1,2 million for Zimbabwean students on scholarships in Russia, Algeria and Egypt following reports that most of them were stranded and facing starvation due to lack of funding. Read more

UMAA Varsity Opens Doors to Public in January 2017

UMAA Zimbabwe University (UZU), a private university owned by UMAA Group of Colleges, will open its doors to the public next January, becoming the first institution of higher learning in Mashonaland East province. Read more

Woman Files Lawsuit to Challenge RBZ Governor Doctorate

A Harare woman has filed a lawsuit in which she is challenging Reserve Bank Governor to show that he is a holder of a genuine doctorate degree from a reputable institution. Read more

 

15 May 2016

Government to Build University of Fine Arts

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development deputy minister, has disclosed that his ministry is set to build the country’s first ever university that will offer fine arts programmes in the resort town of Victoria Falls. Read more

 

30 April 2016

Minerals Varsity Takes Shape

Plans to establish the Pan-African Minerals University of Science and Technology (Pamust) have started in earnest with Government presenting the Bill in Parliament last week. Read more

No Quick Fix to Student Welfare Problems

Hard pressed students at the county’s cash trapped tertiary institutions will have to wait longer to receive the much-awaited government grant and better living conditions. Read more

Teachers Colleges to Offer Degrees

Teachers’ colleges could soon be offering degree programmes under new reforms being considered by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. Read more

We Want Beer on Campus

Students at University of Zimbabwe say they want access to beer on campus. Read more

 

15 April 2016

12000 Drop Out of University

At least 12000 students from the country’s various tertiary institutions have been forced to drop out of school or defer their studies in the face of the deteriorating economic and political climate. Read more

Parly Gives Nod to Manicaland State University

The National Assembly has approved the establishment of the Manicaland State University of Applied Science. Read more

UZ Ventures into Maize Milling

The university of Zimbabwe has ventured into maize milling that has seen it producing at least 30 tonnes of maize meal per month. Read more

 

1 April 2016

Guti Varsity Gets the Nod

The president has endorsed the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University saying only indigenous initiatives will fully unshackle people from the imbalances created by the country’s former colonialists. Read more

Ministry in Last Call for STEM Funding Hopefuls

The door nis closing on pupils who are yet to register for the Science, Technology,Engineering and Mathematics initiative as the government winds up the program. Read more

15 March 2016

Nyagura Defends UZ Enrolment

University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor has defended the institution’s decision to introduce a second intake per year. Read more

UZ Owed $11.4m in Unpaid Cadetship Fees

University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice-chancellor told Parliament that the institution of higher learning was owed $11.4 million in outstanding cadetship fees by government, the arrears date back to 2010. Read more

Vasity Faces Demotion

Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University, a Binduri-based institution run by Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa Church faces demotion after it emerged that it was built on someone’s gold claim. Read more

 

29 February 2016

20,000 Graduates to be Exported to South Sudan

An agreement has been signed that will see Zimbabwe sending nearly 20,000 graduates for employment in South Sudan. Read more

Defence University: Are Authorities Jumping The Gun?

If you want to be happy all the time, you have to keep changing yourself,” is a 2 500-year-old Chinese philosophical statement. Read more

Midlands State University Gets a Shot in the Arm

Being a stakeholder-driven institution, Midlands State University (MSU) continues to enjoy the support and generosity of its strategic partner Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ), which has partnered the institution in various ways enabling the University to maintain its position as a pace-setter among tertiary institutions. Read more

UZ Students to Cough Up $100 Parking Fees

University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students who park personal vehicles at the campus will now be expected to cough up $100 in parking fees per semester for using the institution’s parking lot. Read more

Uz Launches Advanced Junior Faculty Research Training Programme

The University of Zimbabwe College Of Health Sciences (UZ-CHS) launched an exciting advanced junior faculty research training programme at a glittering ceremony. Read more

 

15 February 2016

Fort Hare @100: The Case for Thought Leadership

The university of Fort Hare’s centenary celebrationhave flared up deliberations on the state of higher education at the historic university and the sub-region. Read more

Government Explains Transformation of Defence College

Government has explained its decision to transform the national defence college into a fully-fledges Zimbabwe National Defence University. Read more

Varsity’s Law School Stopped

The Zimbabwe council for higher education has stopped Zimbabwe Ezeliel Guti University from enrolling law students.  Read more

Zim, South Sudan launch training exchange programme

Higher and Tertiary Education minister and his counterpart from South Sudan, signed a memorandum of agreement that will see the two countries co-operate in human capital development in universities and other tertiary institutions. Read more

 

January 2016

Be Wary of Fake Universities

Zimbabweans have been warned to be wary of external education institutions which are not registered with council for higher education in their own countries and offer certificates which are not recognised. Read more

Magunje Gets Land for Varsity

Mashonaland west province is set to have a second university following the allocation of 35 hectares of land to Magunje legislator. Read more

Masunda Rejects ‘Bogus’ Doctorate

Former Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda has rejected an offer to be conferred with a “Doctorate degree” by the little-known International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP), which has been doling out “post-graduate degrees” and other accolades to well-to-do people across the country. Read more

UZ Explains Two Intakes

The introduction of two intakes by the University of Zimbabwe will reduce the waiting period that students experience before they start lecturers. Read more

Zinasu Resists 2 UZ Intakes per Year

THE Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) yesterday expressed displeasure at the University of Zimbabwe’s (UZ)decision to introduce two intakes per year, saying this will only pile pressure on scarce facilities at the State university. Read more

 

December 2015

A Revolution Long Overdue in ZM

If universities remain mills of qualifications to get jobs, instead of capacitation to grow jobs, unemployment will remain a stubborn hurdle for Zimbabwe youths. Read more

Arts Education Severely Compromised

It is disheartening to conceive that the majority of Zimbabwe’s tertiary education graduates in the arts continues to fail to become hands-on practitioners whilst the expectation is that after years of high level of learning they become relevant to the sector both practically and intellectually. Read more

Fees Must Fall: Prof. Moyo Tells Private Universities to Reduce Tuition

The Ministry of higher and tertiary education science and technology development has castigated private universities for exorbitant tuition fees. Read more

Government Bonds to Fund Higher Education Development

Zimbabwe’s government has resolved to issue higher and tertiary education bonds for the development of infrastructure at public universities, polytechnics and colleges. Read more

Govt Calls Varsities to Order

Government’s new higher education thrust emphasising mathematics and science rather than social sciences is meant to feed into the bigger scheme of reducing government expenditure as demanded by international lending institutions. Read more

Moyo Assures Lecturers on Salaries

The government has assured staff at the country’s state universities that was working flat out to ensure they get their outstanding salaries. Read more

NUST Ordered to Revert to Teaching Science

The ministry of higher and tertiary education science and technology development has ordered National University of Science and Technology to revert to its mandate of teaching science subjects in line with its charter. Read more

Promiscuity Rife In Universities, Cases Of STIs High

AT least 35 % of college students are having sex with concurrent partners with over 20% of them infected by Sexually Transmitted Infections and failing to access treatment. Read more

University Of Zimbabwe to Lay Off 700 Workers

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has reportedly announced plans to lay off 700 out of its 1 300 non-academic staff complement, as the once prestigious academic institution battles to stay afloat. Read more

Varsities Rotten: Academics Failing to Make an Impact on Development Issues

The Minister of higher and tertiary education, science and technology development has said there is a lot of rot in higher and tertiary education institutions. Read more

Varsities to Be Audited on Mandate

The government will soon audit universities to their general mandate of generating new knowledge and intellectual property and patent, which will help to spur community and economic development. Read more

Zimbabweans Stampede for Ph.Ds

There is a stampede for honorary degrees, some dished out by dubious individuals and institutions. The insatiable appetite for degrees also saw Zimbabweans resorting to bogus online universities that dish the qualifications like confetti at a wedding. Read more

ZIMCHE Disowns Online Degrees

The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (Zimche) says it does not recognise online qualifications and honorary degrees being dished out by institutions that are not universities. Read more

 

November 2015

Africa University Holds Key Stakeholders Meeting Africa University, held a key Stakeholders meeting which was well attended by representatives from government, media, non-governmental and banking organisations. Read more

503 Capped at Lupane State University President capped 503 Lupane State University students who graduated in different disciplines during the institution’s 6th graduation ceremony. Read more

Back to School For Prof Moyo The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has gone back to school in honor of his daughter. Read more

Ecobank Donates To Africa University Ecobank donated 3 trophies, 56 medals and 30 T-Shirts to the Student Representative Council (SRC) towards the University’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Soccer Tournament. Read more

Half State Appointees on University Councils to Be Women Zimbabwe has come up with a law compelling the higher and tertiary education minister to ensure that at least half of ministerial appointees on all university councils are women, as required by the country’s Constitution. Read more

Minister Impressed By Developments at Marondera College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (MCAST) The Honourable Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development was overwhelmingly impressed by developments at the Marondera College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (MCAST), in particular, the sterling work by the University of Zimbabwe in incubating the institution. Read more

More Ministers Enroll for Law Degree More ministers enrolled to study law at university of Zimbabwe, it has emerged. Read more

MSU Partners Kushinga Phikelela Polytechnic Midlands State University’s Faculty of Social Sciences has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Marondera based Kushinga Phikelela Polytechnic College, in a development which will see the Polytechnic offering a diploma in Community Development, accredited with the country’s premier institution of higher learning. Read more

MSU Awarded International Gold Star In keeping with the institution’s vision to produce innovative, enterprising and internationally acclaimed graduates, Midlands State University (MSU) was recently awarded the International Gold Star for Quality in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more

NRZ Launches Technical College to offer Diplomas National Railway of Zimbabwe will start offering national diploma in technical and commercial courses in January. Read more

Shona-Chinese Dictionary to Be Launched This Month A Shona-Chinese dictionary produced by academics at the University of Zimbabwe and its Confucius Institute will be launched on 20 November in Harare. But the dictionary – the first in Africa – is already on the market. Read more

Skills gap Stifles growth of mining  The mining industry, one of Zimbabwe’s most critical sectors anticipated to drive growth in the short to medium terms, does not possess sufficient knowledge to propel the economy to the required levels. Read more

Staffer Suspended Over Mugabe Graduation Cap Storm A senior University of Zimbabwe official has been suspended for allegedly providing President Robert Mugabe with a small cap of knowledge during the recent graduation ceremony. Read more

Teaching Students about Africa May be One Way to Stem Xenophobia It is not secret that South Africa views itself as somehow outside the African continent. Read more

University Rewards Staff Human resources are the most priced resource for any institution. In any organization, at the core of the success of the few who lead, is the collective effort of the many who serve. Read more

UZ Graduates 3,451 Students The Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor L. M. Nyagura congratulated 3,451 students who graduated at a colourful 2015 University of Zimbabwe Graduation Ceremony. Read more.

 

October 2015

Anglicans to Open Country’s Fifth Church-Run University The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe is to open its first university, in the east of the country – the latest of several church groups to establish a higher education institution. Read more

President Caps 1883 at GZU President caps 1883 students who graduated in different disciplines at Great Zimbabwe University. Read more

The Ministry to Unfreeze Posts at Varsities Ministry of high and tertiary education, science and technology development is working on unfreezing posts in tertiary institutions to improve standards. Read more

Varsity to Cut Enrolment of Art Students Government has said universities will soon be ordered to reduce enrolment of social sciences and commercials to curb unemployment levels. Read more

 

September 2015

Academics Must Lead the Charge for Mother Tongue Learning Language was the most powerful instrument for preserving and developing a tangible heritage, while learning in a mother tongue boosted people’s abilities to succeed in their education. Read more

Critical Shortage of Engineers in Zim Zimbabwe is facing a critical shortage of engineers and development that can be addressed if mathematics and science subjects are taught from grade zero. Read more

Minister Snub Anglican Varsity Two ministers who were invited to grace the Anglican University in Zimbabwe ground-breaking ceremony in Marondera yesterday failed to turn up. Read more

No Maths, No Degree The government will soon make it mandatory for those wishing to enrolling at University and other institution of higher learning to have mathematics and science subjects at ordinary level. Read more

 

August 2015

Moyo Bemoans Education Neglect Higher and Tertiary Education minister admitted that the education sector was underfunded by the government despite its pivotal role in developing the country’s human capital base. Read more

Robert Mugabe’s Plan to Save His Regime: Export Highly Educated Retrenched Workers Authorities here recently asked millions of unemployed citizens with college degrees to register their skills with the government so that officials might secure them jobs elsewhere in the region. Read more

Zim’s Political Elite, PhDs, Waiting for Knowledge to Show Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are viewed with great respect across the academic world and with general awe in Zimbabwe. Read more

 

July 2015

Ban on ZOU Diplomas Lifted Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education has lifted the suspension on the diploma in education (primary) offered by the Zimbabwe Open University. Read more

Doctorates Gallo As Zimbabwe’s Prominent Vendor Is Capped Zanu (PF) activist and former cross-border trader, has been conferred with an honorary degree, winning the bragging rights of be called a Doctor (Dr). Read more

‘Presidential Scholarship A Drain On Fiscus’ Is the Presidential Scholarship still relevant? That is the million dollar question as the Zimbabwe government fails to pay fees at South African universities on time, resulting in some beneficiaries turning into destitutes. Read more

Rebrand Teacher Education The country’s education system requires continuous rebranding in order to meet national goals and to become more competitive. Read more

Varsity Students Welcome Prof. Moyo Deployment Interested groups welcomed president cabinet reshuffle, saying the decision to move long-serving ministers to new portfolios was bound to bring fresh ideas to ministries and also spread experience to their new briefs. Read more

 

June 2015

Judicial College Expected to Reopen This Year The college has been closed since 2008 because of a lack of funding, but plays a critical role in the country’s judiciary, training magistrates and prosecutors. Read more

Jobs Deal for Zimbabwe Graduates. Labour Exportation Agreement Sealed. Government is inviting all those who graduated from Tertiary colleges since 1980 to forward their names for possible employment in several African countries with which it has signed agreements for labour exportation. Read more

Government Earmarks $1.5m for Scientific Research Government will fund new scientific research projects to the tune of $1.5m as it seeks to find ways to spur a science and technological-led economy for growth and development by 2020. Read more

Universities Warned on Fees The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has warned state universities against increasing fees anytime soon as doing so would be unjustified. Read more

Lupane State University Blows $100,000 a Month on Rent Lupane State University is spending more than $100,000 monthly on rentals for sporting venues in Bulawayo. Read more

Revenue from Natural Resources Must Fund Varsities Reports that Zimbabwe state Universities may be instructed by government to raise their own financial resources to pay their professional staff members and administrative personnel was disturbing to many Zimbabweans. Read more

 

May 2015

Government to Wean Off Universities Government of Zimbabwe is considering weaning off state universities or make them meet a certain percentage of salaries for their staff. Read more

Increasing Funding for Science Research Increasing funding for scientific research is critical to the country’s economic growth. Read more

Universities Must Look Beyond A-level The just ended Zimbabwe international trade fair in Bulawayo was an ideal eye opener for Zimbabwe tertiary institutions’ art educators. Read more

New Fund to Help Jobless Graduates Set Up Businesses Zimbabwe has established a fund for university graduates to start businesses to help stem the country’s high employment rate, currently pegged at 90%. Most graduates end up on the streets, with some even resorting to vending as Zimbabwe’s economic crisis deepens. Read more

Universities Brace for 50% Government Cuts to Salaries State-owned universities in Zimbabwe have started gearing up for commercialisation of their activities after the cash-strapped government warned that it could cut its salary obligations to state higher education institutions by 50% in the near future. Read more

 

April 2015

Demand For University Places Goes Up Despite the shrinking job market, demand for university places is going up with some 2 000 applicants having been turned away at Great Zimbabwe University. Read more

MSU Students to Pay $2 Per Day For Late Registration Midlands State University yesterday imposed a daily $2 fine for students who will miss the April 13 registration deadline for the January-June 2015 semester. The institution said besides the penalty fees, unregistered students will not be able to sit for examinations. Read more

$670,000 Availed For Graduate Entrepreneurs The government has availed $670,000 to finance business projects for university and college graduates under the graduate entrepreneurship and employment promotion programme. Read more

University Offers Chiefs Basic Law Training Great Zimbabwe University will start training traditional chiefs in basic law. Read more

 

March 2015

Lecturers at Four Public Universities Strike Over Pay The University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Midlands State University in Gweru, National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo and Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo province took turns to down tools. Read more

UZ Students Fail to Return to Campus Confusion reigned at the University of Zimbabwe as students failed to return to campus following a directive by the minister of higher education and tertiary education, science and technology development. Read more

MSU Awaits ZIMNCHE Approval Midlands State University has postponed the opening of a new Campus in Zvishavane after the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education delayed approving the project. Read more

Zimbabwe Plans to Export Graduates The government is working on modalities to start exporting skilled manpower to neighboring countries as demand for local graduates increases. Read more

 

February 2015

Funds for Unemployed Graduates Unveiled Government has set aside money from Zimbabwe Manpower Development to fund projects for unemployed graduates. Read more

State Universities’ Lecturers Strike Lecturers at the country’s state universities have gone on strike in protest over unpaid bonuses and January salaries and have demanded to meet President Mugabe over their plight. Read more

Chinamasa to Meet Striking Lecturers Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa is expected to meet striking lecturers and non-teaching staff representatives from state universities. Read more

Zimbabwe Producing Half Baked Graduates Most of the thousands of students churned out of the country’s tertiary institutions are half-baked and do not have the requisite industrial skills required of them, a top government official has said. Read more

Zim, Uganda Students Win in Pan-African Competition Zimbabwean student Joseph Mahiya recently won the essay prize and Ugandan, Hannah Kasule won the poster prize in the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, unique pan-African competition that sparks interest in science and space technology in young African students. Read more

Lecturers Call off Strike Lecturers at the country’s state universities have called off their action after the government re-assured that they would be getting their bonuses this week. Read more

ZOU Boss Accuses Other Varsities of Producing Half-Baked Graduates Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Vice-Chancellor accused other universities offering block release programmes of producing half-baked graduates. Read more

 

January 2015

Teachers in Limbo: No Teaching Degree No Classroom More than 13,000 teachers who are holders of non-teaching degrees and diplomas face an uncertain future after government resolved to gradually not renew their contracts citing they are not qualified for the classroom. Read more

 

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