31 October 2021

3 More Varsities to Offer Law Degrees

The Council for Legal Education has added law degrees from three local universities as designated legal qualifications bring to five, the institutions that are recognised in the country. Read more

CUT’s Multi-Million Dollar Dairy Parlour Commissioned

Universities and higher education colleges must provide solutions to national needs and come up with innovative and industrious means towards production of goods and services in line with Vision 2030 and National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), …Read more

Four Specialist Hospitals Boost 

Government is in the process of establishing specialist medical schools at four State universities, with the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) already recruiting critical staff to take over Ekusileni Medical Centre. Read more

Govt Commends CUT for Contributing Towards GDP

Government has applauded Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) for its contribution towards national economic growth in the country through its scientific and agricultural innovations. Read more

Graduates ‘Hustle’ to Fill the Unemployment Void

Living in Zimbabwe today is somewhat like an extreme sport. From poor public transport, bad roads, poor access to health care and electricity and water shortages, to a wobbly currency, you must navigate through a maze of challenges. Read more

MSU Hosts AfCFTA Virtual Conference

The Midlands State University (MSU), in conjunction with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is next week set to hold a three-day virtual international conference on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Read more

National Defence University on Development

The Zimbabwe National Defence University (ZNDU) Vice-Chancellor and Commandant, Air Vice-Marshal Michael Moyo has said the ongoing country’s development projects should contribute to national security. Read more

New Project Aims to Foster Student Health and Well-Being

A project that seeks to promote the health and well-being of students in higher learning institutions and tertiary institutions in Eastern and Southern African regions was recently launched by the University of Nairobi (UON) in partnership with UNESCO and Mount Kenya University. Read more

NUST Students Produce Drama Skits Tackling Campus Life 

National University of Science and Technology (Nust) students have created a drama series to document and confront issues such as drug addiction, relationships, suicide and mental health on campus. Read more

Plant Scientist Scoops International Award

Zimbabwean scientist and researcher Prince Matova often received prizes for science in high school but, more than two decades later, he has landed a prestigious international award: the Young Scientist Award 2021, in recognition of his work in the mutation breeding of cowpea and maize over the past 10 years. Read more

President Lays Foundation Stone at Simon Mazorodze Med School

President Mnangagwa has laid a foundation stone at the Simon Mazorodze School of Medicine and Health Sciences which is under construction at the Great Zimbabwe Univeresity(GZU). Read more

Thaw in International Relations Boosting Higher Education

After nearly two decades, Zimbabwe is seeing signs of a thaw in relations when it comes to the higher education sector, which has been affected by the sanctions that were imposed by Western countries. Read more

Uni’s Sex for Marks Scandal Goes to the High Court

The case of a Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) lecturer Tapiwa Mudyahoto who is being sued for $5 million after allegedly demanding sex for marks from a female student will now be heard at the High Court in Masvingo. Read more

UZ Accommodation Woes Disrupt Lectures

Scores of University of Zimbabwe first-year students have been left stranded after failing to get accommodation at the institution of higher learning. Read more

UZ to Benefit from French Partnership with African Universities

The University of Zimbabwe is set to partner French and other African research bodies in a project that aims to promote agricultural research to boost food security on the continent. Read more

Varsity Innovation Hubs Revolutionise Education 

Innovation hubs at universities and colleges will revolutionise the education system by making tertiary centres vehicles of finding solutions to Zimbabwe’s challenges and spur economic growth in line with the Second Republic’s Vision 2030 anchored on National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), Read more

Youngest Medical Student in Africa’s Heart Set on Cardiology

She is arguably Africa’s youngest university student, and she is studying medicine at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Read more

Young Zim Plant Breeder Wins International Award

A young Zimbabwean scientist, Prince Matova has been honoured by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) … Read more

Zimbabwe National Defence University Holds National Domestic Study Tour

The Zimbabwe National Defence University is on a two-week study tour of selected parts and regions of the country in a bid to equip participants with knowledge about the country’s heritage, socio-economic, political and security environment. Read more


31 August 2021

Competency-Based Curriculum: Universities Lagging Behind

Universities in East Africa need to start realigning their academic programmes to the requirements of the competency-based curriculum (CBC), being implemented at various levels of the basic education system in the region. Read more

Great Zimbabwe University Postpones Exams

Great Zimbabwe University has postponed its end of semester examinations, which had been scheduled to start on August 30. The postponement comes in the wake of an extension of the current level four lockdown by an additional two weeks, Read more

MAZ, UZ Partner to Jointly Host Marketing Summer School

The Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (MAZ) will this year jointly host the marketing academic summer school which will bridge the huge gap between academia and the real professional world. Read more

MSU and BIUST Collaborate on Minerals Technology Research

Midlands State University’s (MSU) Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in collaboration with Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) won a joint research grant worth US$ 30 000 and 500 000 Pula whose aim is to solve challenges common to both Botswana and Zimbabwe’s mining sectors. Read more

MSU Conducts COVID-19 Research

Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru has called for COVID-19 research papers to enable scholars to come up with articles that tackle challenges caused by the pandemic. Read more

MSU Student Representative Council Gets Vaccinated

In a bid to break the COVID-19 (C19) chain of transmission among students and in preparation for the resumption of face-to-face activities including examinations, MSU Student Representative Council (SRC) members on Tuesday the 17th of August 2021 received their first and second doses of the C19 vaccine. Read more

MSU to Axe 34 Workers

The Midlands State University (MSU) is set to retrench 34 workers in the catering department as part of a downsizing programme… Read more

Nust Student Selected for African Space Industry Class

National University of Science and Technology engineering student Tafadzwa Banga (23) has made history after he was selected to be one of the 10 Africans to participate in the African space industry 2021 class of under 30-year-olds. Read more

State Universities Impress Auditor-General 

Auditor-General Mrs Mildred Chiri has commended State universities for appropriately utilising funds disbursed to them for Covid-19 research, saying most of them have accounted for the money used for the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Read more

Students have to be Part of Universities’ SDG Efforts

Higher education institutions in Africa need to empower students to contribute individually and as a group to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by setting individual SDGs and by building their own sustainable development competencies to advance these goals. Read more

Universities Set to Re-Open

Universities and tertiary institutions have set dates for opening and commencement of examinations and face to face tutorials, as they also prepare to re-open. However, the Government announced that there would be no set date for blanket re-opening of the institutions of higher learning… Read more 

Universities Support Insect-Based Food and Feed Systems

Universities are contributing to the upscaling of insect-based food and feed systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, which have economic, environmental and social benefits that could support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

UZ Eye Value Addition to Agric Produce

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is eyeing cooking oil production and value addition to most of their produce following projections of a bumper harvest, an official has said. Read more

UZ Student in Court for Fraud

A University of Zimbabwe (UZ) student was on Friday arraigned before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga charged with fraud after he allegedly duped other students who intended to switch their programmes at the institution. Read more

Verify Engineering Visits MSU’s Coal Tar Plant Site

A team of engineers, safety and design experts from Verify Engineering, a technology development company under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development on the 27th of September 2021 visited the Midlands State University’s (MSU). Read more

ZEGU Students Threaten to Sue Institution Over Exams

Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) students have vowed to seek legal recourse against the institution over its poor-quality education system as they reject upcoming end-of-semester examinations. Read more


31 July 2021

1st IDI-Sponsored Clinical Trial on HIV Treatment Published in NEJM

The first IDI-sponsored clinical trial on HIV treatment has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This is a multi-site study in Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Read more

Covid-19: HEXCO Examinations Suspended

Government has suspended the Higher Education Examination Council (HEXCO) examinations that were set to start tomorrow due to Covid-19. Read more

Educational Lifeline for the Most Vulnerable Students

Higher education in Africa must compete for funding from the government and donors with other sectors such as health, agriculture and energy. Read more

E-Learning is Getting Stuck in the Digital Divide

With 82% of students in Sub-Saharan Africa stranded without internet access, many African universities’ valiant efforts to embrace online delivery got stuck in the digital divide. COVID-19 has shown that affordable, accessible internet is more necessary than ever. Read more

Ministry to Launch New Tertiary Agriculture Education Curriculum

Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, and Rural Resettlement ministry will on July 28, launch the new curriculum for agriculture colleges. Read more

Political will Needed to Create the Ideal Post-Pandemic University

Digital infrastructure and connectivity, capacity-building for academic staff and students to use digital learning tools, quality assurance in the online study environment and stronger leadership from governments to bring about these changes are some of the measures that are required to create the post-pandemic African university. Read more

Sexual Harassment to be Criminalised to Protect Students

Zimbabwe is formulating a sexual harassment bill to criminalise abuse following studies that show sexual harassment, especially by lecturers, is rampant in the higher education sector. Read more

Stranded NUST Students Beg for Food

National University of Science and Technology (Nust) students are stranded in Bulawayo after government imposed travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the university’s student representative council (SRC) to launch a campaign aimed at seeking food donations for them. Read more

Students Earn Post Graduate Study Grants

Two post-graduate students have been awarded research grants to conduct studies on weather conditions to enable communities in disaster-prone areas in Zimbabwe to avert loss of life and property. Read more

Students Must Drive Climate Change Discourse and Action

The threat posed to humankind by increased incidences of drought, cyclones, floods, hailstorms and heat waves has made climate change a salient subject anywhere in the world. Read more

UZ Student Develops App to Help Patients Access Pharmacies

A 24-year-old University of Zimbabwe computer science major has developed and designed an interactive web application called a pharmacy locator to make it easier for patients to access pharmacies in the country. Read more

Zim Woman Donates Body to UZ Medical School

Rosalie Majecha Chigariro (64), a Zimbabwean woman who died in South Africa on Sunday has donated her body to the University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine to be used in advancing the study of medicine. Read more


30 June 2021

Boost Tertiary Education in Zimbabwe to Support Economic Recovery

Higher education in Zimbabwe needs to rapidly transform to address the deficit in the production of qualified specialists and technicians especially in the natural and applied sciences, engineering and technology, the medical and health sciences, and agriculture, … Read more

Harassment of Leaders Dissuades Gendered Student Activism

Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) Gender Secretary Nancy Njenge (22) has been arrested three times in less than 10 months and is facing criminal charges in three different cases before the magistrate’s court in Harare. Read more

High-Tech Computer Donation for Blind MSU Student to Aid Learning

Visually impaired Midlands State University (MSU) student, Mavis Tshuma has received a timely donation of a special high-tech laptop, a smart phone and walking stick, all valued at over $500 000 to help her adapt to campus life. Read more

Increased Investment in Zimbabwe’s Tertiary Education Essential to Economic Growth, …

Extensive reforms are required to translate the government’s education vision into a concrete set of programs and projects to accelerate economic recovery and reduce socioeconomic disparities… Read more

Innovation Bill Aims to Coordinate Research Efforts

The Zimbabwean parliament has passed the Centre for Education, Innovation, Research and Development (CEIRD) Bill that aims to create a technology hub to harness and coordinate research and innovation in universities and colleges, as well as the industry. Read more

LSU to Build International School of Hospitality and Tourism in Victoria Falls

Lupane State University (LSU) has acquired land to build an international school of hospitality and tourism in Victoria Falls to enhance quality and widen the base of personnel needed by the tourism industry. Read more

Ministry Asked to Suspend Contact Lectures

Zimbabwean college lecturers and students have jointly asked the government to suspend face-to-face lectures. Read more

New Law Aims to Foster Academic Freedom, Arrest Brain Drain

University and college lecturers and other related employees in Zimbabwe will now be managed under a new higher tertiary education body, the Tertiary Education Service (TES), away from the Public Service Commission (PSC). Read more

Nust Gets Funds to Procure Covid-19 Reagents Manufacturing Machine

Government has released about US$87 000 to the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) for procurement of a Covid-19 reagents manufacturing machine. Read more

Student Loan Schemes Continue to be a Revolving Failure

Since 2000, Zimbabwe’s government has come up with several student loan schemes, but all have largely remained on paper and failed to act as a safety net for those facing financial challenges. Read more

UNESCO Regional Director Bids Farewell to Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education

The UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen on 18 June 2021 bade farewell to Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Honourable Raymore Machingura. Read more

University Overlooks Theft Accused PVC for Top Job

Great Zimbabwe University has hired a South African professor to be the institution’s Pro Vice Chancellor at the expense of its acting PVC Professor Munyaradzi Manyanga who is being investigated for allegedly stealing chicken. Read more

Varsities Conclude Ground Breaking Climate Change Research

Government has unveiled a US$150 000 grant to enhance scholarly research into climate change at State universities. Read more

Zimbabwe’s Post Covid Higher and Tertiary Education Calendar Announced

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has published its 2021 calendar following last week’s call by President E. D Mnangagwa to revert lockdown measures and institute near normal operations under World Health Organisation’s operational guidelines. Read more


31 May 2021

Bike Modifier Catches Nust Eye

A VICTORIA Falls man who modified an ordinary mountain bicycle into a solar powered “semi-vehicle” has caught the attention of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). Read more

“Campus Radios Must Add Value to Communities”

“We do not want to hear radio stations at a science-based institution spending time talking about fist fights in communities or witches; they should rather be a platform where complex scientific concepts are made accessible to regular Zimbabweans…” Read more

Free Education for Disabled Students to be Implemented

Zimbabwe’s government has implemented a policy to provide free education for university students and learners at secondary and primary level who live with disabilities. Read more

Great Zimbabwe University Delegation Visits MSU

True to the maxim iron sharps iron, a high profile delegation from Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) comprising the institution’s principal officers visited Midlands State University’s Gweru Main Campus…Read more

Huawei Sows Seeds for the Future in Zimbabwe by Nurturing Local ICT Talent

Huawei Zimbabwe has kicked off its annual Seeds for the Future program for undergraduate university students which aims to develop local ICT talent. Read more

More Programmes, Awareness Could Launch Africa into Space

Africa is lagging behind when it comes to space activities and the root cause is a lack of space higher education in many countries on the continent, according to an Africa space industry expert. Read more

Partnership is Casting the Net Wider to Tackle Stroke

Health research in Zimbabwe is set to benefit from the addition of two new specialised stroke units which have been set up at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo and Gweru Provincial Hospital under the Partnership in Education Training and Research Advancement (PETRA). Read more

President Signs Manpower Act into Law

President Mnangagwa has signed into law, the Manpower Planning and Development Amendment Act that seeks to promote the development and implementation of a higher and tertiary education policy which enables learners who go through the system, to be producers of goods and services. Read more

Push to Highlight Climate Change in Tertiary Curricula

As Zimbabwe becomes more vulnerable to climate change, calls have been made to heighten awareness through the teacher education curriculum at universities and colleges. Read more

RUFORUM Hosts African Government Technical Experts

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) hosted a virtual dialogue for Africa Government Technical Experts towards the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 under the theme “Transforming food systems is crucial for delivering all the Sustainable Development Goals”. Read more

Varsity Ventures into Mining

Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) has ventured into mining in Bindura and has established a faculty of mining, Vice chancellor Professor James Chetsanga has said. Read more

Zimbabwean Students Stuck in India

Several Zimbabweans, among them students on scholarships, are stuck in India at Gujarat University amid fears that Covid-19 could get to them before they are allowed to return home. Read more


30 April 2021

Five More Tertiary Institutions Get Campus Radio Licences

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has granted campus radio licences to four universities and a polytechnic in a move expected to promote student training, research and entertainment in tertiary education institutions. Read more

Five of Jacaranda School of Orphans Students Awarded Full Scholarships…

Jacaranda School of Orphans has become the first school in Malawi to be awarded full scholarships to five of its students to study Bachelor of degrees in prestigious African universities in Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius and Zimbabwe. Read more

Government Millions for Hostels May not be Enough

The dire shortage of student accommodation at higher and tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe has forced thousands of students into overcrowded living spaces in a bid to sidestep high rent for private accommodation. Read more

Lecturers Take Labour Action, Work Only Two Days a Week

Zimbabwean lecturers working at polytechnics, teachers’ colleges and industrial training colleges have resolved to report for duty for only two days a week because of their low salaries. Read more

Mabasa’s PhD Thesis Breaks New Ground

A PhD student in the African Language Studies Section in the School of Languages and Literatures, Mr Ignatius Mabasa, has been awarded a PhD for the first-ever thesis written in ChiShona at Rhodes University. Read more

MSU and Royal Academy of Engineering in Staff Development Partnership

The London based Royal Academy of Engineering has partnered the Midlands State University’s Mining Engineering Department in a human capital development programme that saw six staff development fellows receiving mentorship from established engineers working in various industry and mining concerns around the country. Read more

Mugabe’s Homophobia Still Haunts LGBTIQ Community

During his nearly four decade-long rule, Zimbabwe’s late President Robert Mugabe issued a string of homophobic statements, at one time describing gays as “worse than pigs and dogs” and whose conduct “is condemned by nature”. Read more

NUST Launches Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The National university of Science and Technology launched its Covid-19 vaccination program for staff members and students today with the University`s vice Chancellor Professor Mqhele Dlodlo being the first to get the jab. Read more

NUST Rolls Out Vaccination of Employees, Students on Campus

The National University of Science and Technology launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme for staff members and students today with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mqhele E. Dlodlo, being the first to get the jab. Read more

Parliamentary Committee Invites Students to Discuss Fees

A Zimbabwean parliamentary portfolio committee has invited students to discuss fee increases in the country’s tertiary education institutions. Read more

Prestigious Award for the Late Professor James Hakim

Colleagues and friends of the late Zimbabwean scientist Professor James Hakim have described an international award established in his name as a well-deserved honour and a fitting initiative for the decorated academic. Read more

Student Leader Released on Bail After 30 Days

The president of the Zimbabwe National Students Union has been released on bail after about 30 days in prison. He was previously held for about 30 days in October 2020. Read more

Tertiary Education Should Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

The proliferation of a gamut of universities and tertiary institutions churning out tens of thousands of graduates each year is a welcome development in the country’s quest to close the skills gap and set Zimbabwe on the right pedestal in terms of socio-economic development. Read more

Vice-Chancellors, Lecturers Receive Vaccines

Zimbabwe has started vaccinating vice-chancellors, university lecturers and staff against COVID-19 after placing them second on a priority list that has health workers at the top. Read more

Victoria Falls Gets its First Higher Learning Institution

Zimbabwe has started the process of building two new universities – one in the south-eastern city of Masvingo and another in the resort city of Victoria Falls. Read more

Virtual Hospital Transforms Covid-19 War

With most Covid-19 patients able to recover at home, a virtual hospital has been set up to ensure quality home-based care to patients who do not need hospitalisation, as Government continues to revolutionise the management of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

We Will Provide Facilities for New Varsities’ Takeoff

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has pledged to provide the major facilities needed for the full take-off of the three newly established universities in the state, within the limits of available resources. Read more

Zimbabwean Scholarships are Prestigious

Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame has urged students offered scholarships by Zimbabwean President, Dr. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa to work hard and make Zambia proud as a country. Read more

Zimbabwe Students Receive COVID Vaccinations

Zimbabwe has started vaccinating students at institutions of higher learning, weeks after commencing the inoculation of university staff members that included lecturers and vice-chancellors. Read more


31 March 2021

Certificates Withheld in Dispute Over Scholarships

South Sudanese students who graduated in Zimbabwe under government scholarships from 2018 to 2020 have vowed to continue protesting in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, until their government has paid over the US$1.4 million in scholarship money it owes to various Zimbabwean universities. Read more

Dialogue on Impact of Vaccine Inequities in Global South

“ ‘It is a crushing loss to Zimbabwean medicine,’ Katsidzira says. ‘Don’t forget: We have had a huge brain drain. So, people like James are people who keep the system going,’ he adds.” Read More

Female Student Leaders Face Ongoing Harassment

In November 2019, Abiona Mataranyika made history by becoming the first female to be elected as president of the University of Zimbabwe Student Representative Council, more than six decades after the inception of this higher learning institution. Read more

Higher Education Institutions Reopen, Exams Proceed

After a hiatus lasting more than two months, institutions of higher learning in Zimbabwe returned to conventional learning on Monday 15 March. Read more

IDBZ Student Hostel Project Nears Completion

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ)’s US$14.8 million student accommodation project in Bulawayo is now 69% complete and expected to be fully completed in November this year. Read more

More Student Activists Arrested and Detained in Zimbabwe

The arrest and detention of students in Zimbabwe have continued during a turbulent two weeks in which students were locked up for protesting against the incarceration of another student leader, Makomborero Haruzivishe. Some have also been charged for not wearing masks. Read more

MSU Signs Partnership Agreement with the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry

As part of the country’s green climate initiative, the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry has signed a Partnership Agreement with the Midlands State University. The signing ceremony took place on the 25th of March 2021 at the University’s Gweru Main Campus. Read more

MSU Vice-Chancellor Leads from the Front in the Fight Against COVID-19

Midlands State University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Victor N Muzvidziwa has become the first University Principal Officer to get vaccinated as part of the second phase of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. Read more

NUST Opens Stroke Unit at Mpilo Central Hospital

A STROKE Unit for specialised care of stroke patients was opened yesterday at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo in response to an alarming mortality rate in the country. Read more

NUST Sign Climate Change Mainstreaming Research MoU

The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry has signed a Partnership Agreement on climate change mainstreaming research programme with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). Read more

NUST to Manufacture Covid-19 Test Kits

The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is set to start producing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits for the country in response to Covid-19 that has killed over 1 500 Zimbabweans. Read more

Students Shocked at Unexpected ‘Insensitive’ Hike in Tuition Fees

Zimbabwean state universities have increased tuition fees by up to a massive 450%, in a development which students said was insensitive, considering the economic crisis in the country. Read more

Varsity Fees Hikes Put Education Beyond Reach

The recent announcement of tuition fees increases at all state universities by Government has caused an uproar among tertiary learners across the country. Read more

Will the Multimillion-Dollar Mugabe University be Built?

Plans to build the Robert Mugabe University in Zimbabwe, named after the country’s late founding president, have been shelved, with the staggering US$1 billion needed for the project unlikely to be raised following his death in 2019. Read more

Zim Female Student in Unique Agric Research

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)’s Marange experiments to integrate contours, membranes and utilise run-off in agriculture are being commended for their notable yields. Read more

ZSC Impressed with NUST’s Response to National Challenges

The Zimbabwe Staff College (ZSC) has called on the country’s security, social and economic players to work closely together to guarantee national security. This emerged yesterday following a visit to the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) by ZSC students. Read more


28 February 2021

Demystifying the ‘Wonder Herb’

It is my pleasure to tell our own Zimbabwean story about one of our local plants and its benefits. In my early years as a growing scientist, I realized that if I wanted to find out about our local herbs, I had to dig a little deeper online and, in most cases, had to rely on research done outside the Zimbabwean border… Read more

Fostering Multilingualism for Inclusion in Education and Society

The 21st of February of every year is a day set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the world to commemorate mother languages. Read more

Has COVID-19 Become a Weapon to Gag Student Activists?

2020 will go down in history as a year when life, work and study came to a virtual standstill. Zimbabwean students will remember hastily moving online, the termination of internships and struggles with power, network and data challenges… Read more

MSU Health Care Personnel Receive their 1st Doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine

Health care personnel from the Midlands State University’s Health Services Department were vaccinated at the University’s Gweru Main Campus on Tuesday 23 February 2021 as the national COVID-19 vaccination programme got underway in the Midlands Province. Read more

MSU Holds Inaugural Virtual RBM Workshop

In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Midlands State University has held its first-ever virtual Result Based Management workshop to map strategies and set targets for the 2021 academic year… Read more

Zimbabwe Conducts Covid-19 Research

This was revealed by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira during a question-and-answer session in the Senate recently. Read more


31 January 2021

BUSE Employees up in Arms with Admin Staff

Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) workers are up in arms with the university administration staff over alleged unfair labour practices after they were forced to take vacation during the lockdown period. Read more

CIPS signs MoU with Institute of Regional Studies for Collaboration in academics…

NUST Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) and the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), Islamabad entered into a general agreement for cooperation… Read more

Contact Lessons Cancelled, but Some Oppose Blended Learning

Higher learning institutions in Zimbabwe have postponed, until further notice, all contact learning that was scheduled to start at the beginning of the year after the government hastily introduced a 30-day national lockdown… Read more

Moyo Appointed Varsity Instrument Instructor

Legendary singer Jonah Moyo has been appointed instrument instructor in the Performing and Visual Arts department at the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) in Masvingo. Read more

NUST SCME and Fazal Steels Limited Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

The MoU is of great significance as it will provide a platform for both NUST and Fazal Steel to carry out energy, environment, and steel quality specific applied projects. It will also provide an opportunity for researchers/engineers of FSL… Read more

President Launches Scholarship Programme

President Mnangagwa has launched a personal scholarship programme to assist students from disadvantaged families to pursue tertiary education, as part of his philosophy that a nation can never develop faster than the development of its education. Read more


31 December 2020

GZU ‘Sex for Marks’ Lecturer Sues Female Student For $3 Million

A senior lecturer with the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) has filed a $3 million defamation lawsuit against a female student who accused him of demanding sex from her for marks. Read more

MSU Industrial Park Taking Shape 

The Midlands State University Industrial Park which was recently commissioned by President Mnangagwa is beginning to reap the profits with its chemical manufacturing and textiles departments already overwhelmed by market demand. Read more

New Law Offers Pregnant Teens the Promise of Education

The move, which has rippled across the African continent, was heralded by child education advocates as significant for the lives of Zimbabwean girls and women who now find it easier to pursue education and economic advancement. Read more

NUST Students Stage Online Demonstration 

NATIONAL University of Science and Technology (NUST) students last week held an online demonstration against failure by the university to release transcripts and other administrative concerns. Read more

Strike Looming at the National University of Science and Technology

Staff at one of the leading universities in Zimbabwe, the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), located in Bulawayo, are set to start with a strike on 14 December. Read more

Student Teachers Finally Receive an Allowance Increase

After almost a year of lobbying for an allowance review, Zimbabwean student teachers who have to complete a practical teaching programme as part of their diploma training have finally received an increase. Read more

UNESCO Addresses Societal Inequalities and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Nine Sub-Saharan African Cities

Moderated by Simona Bignami, Professor of Demography at the Université de Montréal, the webinar welcomed more than 100 participants from around the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the pandemic triggered severe economic and social contractions, magnifying the long-standing legacies of prejudice, injustice, and increasing inequalities of our societies. Read more

US$5 Million Boost for Extensive Sexuality Education

Twenty tertiary education institutions in Zambia and Zimbabwe will receive a total of US$5 million in 2021 to implement comprehensive campus-wide sexual reproductive health, rights and sexuality education programmes …Read more

ZOU Lecturers Paid $5 Per Exam Script, Cry Foul

Part-time lecturers at the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) said they had gone for over nine months without receiving their allowances and had also not been paid for services rendered in marking this year’s examinations. Read more

University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Wins the Distinguished Excellence…

The University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Mapfumo has received the “Distinguished Excellence in Academia Award” from the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM)…Read more


30 November 2020

Access to Information: A Case of Academic Xenophobia

After decades of pressure from civic society calling for legislative reform in July 2020 Zimbabwe replaced the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act … Read more

COVID-19 Brings Opportunities to Broaden Third Stream Income

When the coronavirus pandemic hit Zimbabwe in April, both public and private universities had no choice but to start manufacturing sanitisers and personal protective equipment (PPE) to plug a national shortage of the in-demand life-saving materials. Read more

Labour Unrest Grows Amid Sector’s Increasing Money Troubles

While the strike action of academic staff in Nigeria has entered its eighth month, rumblings of discontent from faculty and students in other countries have been emerging and growing louder amid increasing financial difficulties in the higher education sector. Read more

MSU Abandons Byo Medical School Project

The Midlands State University (MSU) has abandoned plans to open a medical school in Bulawayo but instead have indicated that it will be establishing a general campus in the city. Read more

MSU Degrees Chaos Divide Government

The discontinuation of the Midlands State University (MSU) media programme has reportedly divided government with stakeholders alleging that the move was political… Read more

NUST Study to Ease Water Crisis

The National University of Science and Technology (Nust) is set to release results of a 10-year study on Bulawayo’s underground water whose recommendations, if implemented, will ease the city’s water crisis. Read more

President Caps 1 347 at Bindura University

President Mnangagwa today capped 1 347 students at Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) in an event filled day that saw him tour several projects that the institution is undertaking. Read more

Student Activist: ‘My 10 Days in Harare Remand Prison’

The Zimbabwean student activist Prince Gora was recently jailed for 10 days. Gora, a fourth-year chemical engineering student at the Harare Institute of Technology, is also a University World News journalist. He is one of several student activists who have been detained this year. Read more

UZ Partners AFD, Cirad

University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has partnered with two French development agencies in a project that will strengthen the country’s surveillance and control system for animal, plant and zoonotic diseases. Read more


31 October 2020

GZU Factory Manufactures 30 000 PPEs

The newly commissioned Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) textile factory has so far manufactured 26 000 reusable face masks including personal protective equipment (PPEs) for medical personnel… Read more

Striking Registrars Ask to Return to Work, Studies

Postgraduate medical students at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), striking over conditions in public hospitals, last week bowed to pressure and made an appeal to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to be allowed back into hospitals, and to be able to continue their studies.

Student Teachers Ask for More than Two Dollars a Month

Zimbabwean student teachers who are undergoing their practical teaching programme have once again petitioned parliament to push the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government to raise their monthly allowances currently pegged at ZWL$150, an amount equivalent to US$1.80. Read more

Universities to Reopen, But Staff ‘Cannot Afford to Work’

Zimbabwe lecturers have said they are unable to report for duty in the wake of the government’s announcement that all tertiary education institutions will reopen during the first week of October for face-to-face learning. Read more

Young Doctors to Return to Work After Public Apology to Minister

The dispute between suspended postgraduate medical students at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the country’s Ministry of Health ended on 13 October, following a televised apology by the young doctors… Read more


30 September 2020

Govt Suspends Some of UZ Medical Courses

The government has with immediate effect suspended the University of Zimbabwe’s Masters of Medicine and Masters of Obstetrics and Gynecology programmes and banned enrolled students from accessing public hospitals. Read more

NUST Student Making Positive Social Impact Through WhatsApp

She calls herself Aunty Nyarie and reaches out to more than 700 women via six WhatsApp chat groups where she teaches them about the ideal  woman as inspired by the Bible… Read more

NUST Wins Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Grant

We are immensely proud to announce that NUST has won Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education grant. The Erasmus+ grants are part of European Union’s flagship funding programme.
Read more

Series of Student Arrests ‘Points to Erosion of Progressive Rights’

More than 30 Zimbabwean students protesting under the #ZimbabweanLivesMatter banner calling for freedom of expression, an end to corruption and better living conditions… Read more

Student Leaders, Activists are Living in Fear – Union

Student leaders say they are living in fear after the Zimbabwe government recently arrested a number of students, including a prominent student union leader, and was accused of being behind the abduction and torture of another. Read more

Universities Start Contact Classes for First-Year Students

Universities in Zimbabwe have opened their doors for conventional learning but only for first-year students and those writing end-of-first and second-semester exams. Read more

University Welcomes First-Year Students

The University Director of Residence, Ms M Vhiriri took time to explain to students COVID-19 protocols and guidelines that they are expected to adhere to during their stay at MSU. Read more

University of Zimbabwe Celebrates Peer Review Week

Peer Review Week is a yearly global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. Read more


30 August 2020

African Students Condemn State Sponsored Clampdown on Protests

A PAN AFRICAN body of university students has penned a message of solidarity to the people of Zimbabwe over government’s brutal and uneven’ response to protest over the deteriorating economic situation. Read more

Changes to Medical Degree Draw Criticism, Claims of Political Expediency

Two radical modifications in the training of medical doctors in Zimbabwe have caused a ruckus in the medical fraternity where they have been met with fierce disapproval. Read more

NUST Launches iStudyXR Online Teaching Course for Educators

The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in partnership with InventXR from the Silicon Valley in the USA, has successfully launched an online teaching course to empower teachers and lecturers in Africa during the Covid-19 period and beyond. Read more

Varsity Students Reject ‘Elitist’ Online Examinations

The Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) has written to the Ministry of Higher Education registering its disapproval over a government directive for all tertiary students to write their examinations online due to Covid-19. Read more


31 July 2020

Bank Offers Air Ticket Loans for Students Stranded Abroad

Zimbabwe’s CBZ Bank has established an ad-hoc loan facility to give families with students studying abroad – both self-funded and on government scholarships – the wherewithal to repatriate them. Read more

Conduct of Students During Examinations

NUST has developed some regulations to guide students as we prepare to write examinations during the Covid-19 period. Read more

Management of COVID-19

Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe on 21 July 2020 on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University wishes to advise staff and Students… Read more

Ministry Suspends All Contact Teaching in Universities

The Zimbabwean government has ordered all tertiary education institutions to stop face-to-face lectures on campuses immediately and proceed with e-learning as a safety measure to protect students and workers from a sudden spike in the number of cases of COVID-19. Read more

Students Say Online Learning is not Accessible to Everyone

E-learning, which has become the main teaching and learning modality since the closure of universities in March, is only a good option if everyone is able to access it, according to Zimbabwean students attending a recent virtual dialogue about the impact of lockdown on students facilitated by the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT). Read more


30 June 2020

Concerns Over Reopening of Campuses Unite Student Unions

Three medical students have tested positive for COVID-19 amid opposition by student unions to the Zimbabwe government’s decision to reopen institutions of higher learning, saying it may backfire due to a lack of adequate health and safety measures on campus. Read more

Student Teachers Petition Parliament Over ‘Slave’ Allowance

Zimbabwean student teachers undergoing their practical teaching programme have petitioned parliament over their deteriorating conditions of service, arguing that they are overlooked in key discussions with teacher unions because they are still part of the student body. Read more


31 May 2020

Government Asks for Zero-Rating Deals for Students

The Zimbabwe government is awaiting feedback from telecommunication companies which have been asked to provide free access for university students to online learning material and university websites. Read more

GZU Gets Radio Licence

Great Zimbabwe University has become the first Zimbabwean university to get a broadcasting licence to operate its “GZU Campus Radio” station that will help it reach out to its students. Read more

Manpower Development Bill Expected to Transform Tertiary Education

Government has crafted the Manpower Development Bill to realign the tertiary education system so that it becomes skills-based and contributes to the country’s industrial growth. Read more

MSU Press Begins Nationwide Distribution of Covid-19 Awareness Booklets

As part of national efforts to raise awareness on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Midlands State University Press has begun distribution of COVID-19 information booklets. Read more

Students Reject Online Learning as Data Costs Hiked by 225%

Students at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) have written to the institution’s authorities asking them to defer plans for e-learning because they cannot afford the cost of the internet. The students have descried as “unjustified” the latest increase by 225% of mobile data tariffs by Econet Wireless, a leading mobile network operator. Read more

Women Make Strides in HE, but Sexual Harassment Still Rife

Before Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party came to power in 1980, its Women’s League declared that for the revolution to triumph in its totality, there must be emancipation of women. Read more

Universities, Colleges to Open for Final-Year Students

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will allow individual institutions of higher learning to reopen to final-year students who are sitting public examinations as long as they can prove their capacity to meet safety regulations – a move that has met with mixed responses from lecturers and students. Read more

Use of Colleges as Quarantine Centres Exposes System Decay

The government has turned several Zimbabwean universities and colleges into quarantine centres for COVID-19 amid the shortage of facilities, in the process exposing the sorry state of some higher educational facilities. Read more


30 April 2020

Government Ropes in Universities to Fight COVID-19

The Zimbabwe government has made available an initial ZW$33 million (U$S1.3 million, according to the official exchange rate) in seed capital to state universities to make personal protective equipment (PPE) to ameliorate a national shortage of the materials needed to fight the coronavirus. Read more

Govt Pushes for Online University Lectures

Government has advised all universities to develop materials for online lectures to ensure learning is not disrupted by the lockdown while minimising movement and interaction between students and lecturers. Read more

How Young Women are Leading Change in Attitudes from Zimbabwe’s Universities

Traditional gender norms and gender-based discrimination are still pervasive, especially in rural areas according to recent research carried out by FSNT and the Zimbabwe National Commission to UNESCO. Read more 

Student Bodies Say E-Learning is Unaffordable and Elitist

The adoption of e-learning as an innovative means to continue teaching and learning during the national lockdowns affecting many African countries has been rejected by a number of student organisations, which argue it is unaffordable, impractical and elitist. Read more

Universities Offer Quarantine Sanctuary

Government has designated local universities and other institutions of higher learning as temporary quarantine venues for all returning residents as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, as Zimbabwe intensifies measures to ensure the 21-day lockdown is a success. Read more


31 March 2020

COVID-19: Statement on the Temporary Closure of the University of Zimbabwe

The University of Zimbabwe will close on Tuesday 24 March 2020. Read more

Educational Information: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19? Read more

Partaking in Community Projects …

“Partaking in community projects, a fruitful exercise……” says NUST lecturer. Read more

Some Relief for Zimbabwean Students Still in China

Zimbabwean students trapped in Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, which has been in lockdown since 23 January, are receiving extra funds from their government to help them cope with their indefinite isolation. Read more

Standoff with Medical Students ‘Could Hurt Health System’

The training of senior medical students at the University of Zimbabwe’s College of Health Sciences has been plunged into disarray and stakeholders fear that a protracted standoff with students could severely destabilise the country’s already ailing health system. Read more

Under Pressure, Government Closes Universities and Schools

Schools and tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe will be shut down from Tuesday 24 March as a precaution to contain the spread of COVID-19 after parents and other education sector stakeholders contested their continued operation. Read more

‘University Fees are Cheap’ – Higher Education Minister

Zimbabwe’s Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Amon Murwira has defended the recent tuition fee hike by local universities. Read more


29 February 2020

Economic Crisis Puts Students’ Future in Doubt

“Open for business” is the mantra that Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has coined for his ZANU PF-led administration, also known as the “new dispensation”, but as universities ready themselves for the start of the first semester, the big question is: will they have any “clients”? Read more

Lupane State University Relocates More Faculties to Lupane Campus

Lupane State University has announced that it has relocated more other faculties to the Lupane campus with effect from early this month. Read more

MSU & Zvishavane Town Council Collaborate in Urban Planning & Development Research

In a development that is set to positively impact the country’s urban planning and development landscape, Midlands State University in collaboration with urban authorities is undertaking research aimed at creating urban profiles for Zimbabwean towns and cities. Read more

MSU Conducts Quality Assurance Induction Workshop

Midlands State University held a quality assurance induction workshop for newly appointed academic department chairpersons to help familiarise them with the institution’s performance standards. Read more

NUST Lectures Declares Incapacitation

The National University of Science and Technology Educators’ Association (NUSTEDA) today officially declared incapacitation on behalf of all NUST teaching staff. Read more

Universities Adopt Ambitious Internationalisation Targets

Higher education institutions in Zimbabwe have set themselves a target of June this year to put in place over 10 policies that are considered critical in paving the way for the full-scale internationalisation of the country’s higher education. Read more

Universities in Fresh Bid to Hike Fees

State universities in Zimbabwe could end up charging up to Z$15,000 a semester once all ancillary fees, accommodation and meals have been factored in. Read more


31 January 2020

Ambassador Brian Nichols Delivers a Lecture to Africa University…

Africa University was honored to have the United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols visit the main campus as a guest lecturer… Read more

Curricula Review Delays Intake of First-Year Students

Zimbabwe’s universities have deferred to August the traditional February intake of first-year students in order to review curricula and align them with the country’s new higher education framework. Read more

Government Caps Fees After Universities Moot Own Fee Hike

Zimbabwe’s government has capped university student fees for tuition and accommodation at Z$5,000 (approximately US$200), with tuition fees in particular not exceeding Z$1,200 per semester and has announced it will make available Z$90 million for student loans. Read more

Govt Finalises Tertiary Fees

Government has finalised the tertiary institutions tuition fee structure, a move that is meant to end speculation and confusion on the exact amount to be paid to institutions of higher learning. Read more

Manicaland Varsity to Get Farm in Chipinge

MANICALAND State University of Applied Sciences (MSUAS) is set to secure a 155-hectare farm from Government to facilitate and enhance its multi-campus approach. Read more

MSU Honours Workers

The year began on a high note for long-serving employees of the Midlands State University with the institution recognizing their faithful and selfless dedication to duty since its inception in 1999. Their efforts and hard work were recognized at the first-ever Long Service Awards Ceremony. held at the University Main Campus in Gweru on the 11th of January 2019. Read more

MSU-TMMRI signs MoU with Aquaculture Zimbabwe, CRDC and JHWO

The Tugwi Mukosi Multidisciplinary Research Institute (TMMRI) successfully signed a memorandum of understanding with Aquaculture Zimbabwe, Chivi Rural District Council (CRDC) and Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation (JHWO)… Read more

NUST Receives Equipment from Ministry

Yesterday the National University of Science and Technology took delivery of machining, fabrication and food processing equipment that was handed over by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Medium Enterprises… Read more

NUST to Host Waternet Symposium 2020

The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) through the Department of Civil and Water Engineering has won a bid to host the 21st WaterNet/ WARSA/GWP symposium which will be held in Victoria Falls from the 28th to the 30th of October 2020. Read more


31 December 2019

No End to Chaos Affecting Final-Year Medical Students

High-level attempts to entice doctors and medical lecturers in Zimbabwe back to work and final-year medical students into examination halls have failed, with both parties pointing to the absence of a long-term solution. Read more

NUST Student Hails Vali/Mandela Fellowship and Unleash

A National University of Science and Technology student has hailed her recent participation at the Mandela Washington Fellowship programme for Young African Leaders in the USA as professionally rewarding and fulfilling. Read more


30 November 2019

Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Law Students, Won the 2019 All Africa International Humanitarian Law Competition

The GZU Team, which is coached by specialist litigator, Mr ZvobgoTawanda Zvobgo beat eight top law schools from across Africa… Read more

Medical Students Await Court Decision on Examinations

Medical students in Zimbabwe are awaiting the outcome of their court action against the government in which they seek the suspension of their end-of-year examinations on the basis that they have not received proper training due to the ongoing strike by doctors and lecturers. Read more

UNESCO to Launch Zimbabwe Flood and Drought Monitor

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Honourable Perence Shiri is expected to deliver a keynote address at the launch ceremony that will also be attended by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development… Read more


31 October 2019

African Researchers Urged to Resist ‘Dependency Paradigm’

Researchers at African universities have been urged to produce their own learning materials and end heavy reliance on foreign books and educational materials produced elsewhere. Read more

NUST Students Protest Over 700% Increase in Graduation Fees

National University of Science and Technology (NUST) students, who are expecting to graduate on November 8, have petitioned their administration over exorbitant graduation fees which they described as more like punishment for learning at the institution. Read more

Student Menus Stripped of Meat as Hyperinflation bites

Food standards at tertiary education institutions in Zimbabwe have taken a knock, with many, particularly government-run institutions, struggling in the context of hyperinflation to provide students with decent meals. Read more

The 2019 ZTISU Darts Champions Receive an Equipment Boost from Carling Black

The DELTA Carling Black Label has awarded National University of Science and Technology’s ladies darts team with three dart boards for being the 2019 Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union (ZTISU) games champions. Read more

Under Pressure, University Reinstates Medical Academics

The University of Zimbabwe has bowed to pressure and lifted the suspension of two senior lecturers accused of inciting medical students to go on strike after the country’s two main medical groups said the suspensions would undermine the training of surgeons in Zimbabwe. Read more

ZANU PF Forces University Students to Attend Anti-Sanctions Demonstrations

The ZANU PF Government has issued a circular instructing every University to release 500 students per campus to attend the Anti-sanctions march scheduled for Friday. Read more

Zimbabwe Gender Commission Comes to NUST

Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) has urged National University of Science and Technology to come up with ways of dealing with cases of sexual harassment within the institution. Read more


30 September 2019

ADEA leads a Peer Review on Education Management Information Systems in Zimbabwe

The Task Force on Education Management and Policy Support (TFEMPS) of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe through its line ministries responsible for education and training, successfully peer reviewed the country’s Education Management Information System (EMIS). Read more

Higher Education in Zimbabwe: Shifting with New Thrusts and Dynamics

Higher Education in Zimbabwe has expanded phenomenally since the attainment of political independence in 1980. Most of the growth took place from the mid-1990’s, during the period when the World Bank and international development agents were advocating for basic and primary education rather than higher education. Read more

Mugabe – ‘From Glory to Misery, Especially for Students’

While critics and fans alike admit that he laid a strong foundation for higher education and contributed significantly to the expansion of the higher education sector in Zimbabwe, the late former president Robert Mugabe also went on to undo many of his own achievements. Read more

Mugabe Needs to be Saluted for Bringing Quality Education to Zimbabwe

I salute former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe’s efforts to bring about quality education during his tenure as president. Read more

Plans for ‘Robert Mugabe University’ May be Revived

Plans to construct a university in Zimbabwe named after the late former president Robert Mugabe that were shelved after he was toppled in a military coup in 2017 may be revived following his death. Read more

Salary Review for State Universities’ Staff

The Zimbabwe government has called on teaching staff at state universities and colleges to be patient as the process to review their conditions of service is underway. Read more

Surviving Study Abroad – As a Student and a New Mother

In Zimbabwe, me grew up in a strict and religious environment where girls were given timelines on when to settle down and has a family but never encouragement to better themselves. Read more


31 August 2019

Fees Freeze and Inflation Put Universities Under Pressure

Zimbabwe’s universities are choking under a blanket undergraduate fee freeze imposed by the government as the country struggles with inflation of over 175%. The government has said there will be no fee hike until new student payments modalities has been worked out. Read more

State Universities Draw IRE Over President’s Honorary PhDs

Zimbabwean state universities have been criticised for dishing out four honorary degrees to President Emmerson Mnangagwa since he came to power less than two years ago after the army ousted former president Robert Mugabe. Read more


31 July 2019

Inflation Forces CBZ to Reduce Its Offer to Support Student Grants

Government’s move to re-introduce student grants could have hit turbulent waters after a local bank that had promised to support the programme reduced its pledge from 10 times to just double of the seed money availed by authorities citing inflation. Read more

Our Education Must Work for Us

In the wake of a depressed industry characterised by low productivity and endless importation of goods and services, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira has reiterated the need to get our education system to work for the nation as it moves to become a middle-income economy…Read more

Some Degrees and Diplomas to be Abolished

Higher and Tertiary Education minister Amon Murwira has said educational qualifications offered by institutions of higher learning that do not offer practical solutions to the development of the country’s economy will, in the long run, be phased out. Read more

University Staffers Say, They Cannot Afford to Work

University workers in Zimbabwe say their salaries has been seriously eroded by inflation – so much so they can no longer subsist on them, let alone report for work. Read more


30 June 2019

Combining Industry and Academic Excellence: Africa University Shines at ZNCC Awards

AU was recognized for its transformation into a hub for training, business enterprise and its effortless ability to seamlessly integrate industry and higher education though its Business Academy and online programme offerings at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Awards held in the city of Mutare. Read more

Faculty of Health Enactus Attend Africa Green Waste & Energy Conference

Sanu Faculty of Health Sciences Enactus students attend Africa green waste and energy conference & green expo. Read more

Masters Student Held on Treason Charge Misses Graduation

A Zimbabwean masters student and civil society activist has been charged with treason for allegedly planning to unseat President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Read more

Student Housing – Raising Standards and Sharing the Load

Higher education regulator and quality assurance agency, the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) is leading efforts to develop norms and standards for student accommodation at universities to address the widely varying standards of housing for students across the higher education sector. Read more

Substantive Vice Chancellor for the University of Zimbabwe Appointed

The Chairman of the University of Zimbabwe Council, Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka, is pleased to announce the appointment by His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Cde ED Mnangagwa, of Professor Paul Mapfumo (pictured) as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe. Read more


31 May 2019

Africa University Continues to Lead in Environmental Awareness and Conservation Initiatives

Africa University successfully conducted its fourth clean-up campaign of the year led by the university’s Library and IT Departments. The initiative was started by Dr Zanele Furusa who is a Head Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies and an advocate for environmental protection and awareness. Read more

AU Showcases Innovation, Research and Enterprise Development Geared Towards Community Empowerment and Engagement

A team of seven representatives drawn from across the various units of Africa University travelled to Bulawayo to take part in the 60th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). Read more

Midlands State University Celebrates Cultural Diversity

It was pomp and funfair on Tuesday, the 21st and Wednesday, the 22nd of May 2019 in Zvishavane and Gweru respectively as members of the Midlands State University community celebrated their cultural diversity with a series of festivities aimed at advancing arts, culture and heritage. Read more

Midlands State University to Partner North-West University

The Midlands State University (MSU) and North-West University (NWU) of South Africa have begun talks to establish a relationship that will see the two institutions collaborating in a number of areas. Read more

MSU Language Institute Set to Promote Indigenous Languages & Culture

The Midlands State University Language Institute, which was officially commissioned at the Gweru Main Campus on Monday, the 6th of May 2019 by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Victor Muzvidziwa is set to significantly contribute to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages and culture. Read more

Tariro NeGitare Talks about Music

Tariro NeGitare says women in the music industry, face many challenges that include stigmatisation, sexual abuse and are often denied, the much-needed moral support and encouragement from their families. Read more


30 April 2019

Government to Fund Innovators

This was revealed by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira when he delivered a public lecture at the Midlands State University`s Gweru Main Campus. Read more

MSU Employs Conflicted Labour Officer

MIDLANDS State University (MSU)has come under fire for employing a Gweru-based labour officer who has been handling cases raised against the institution by close to 100 workers. Read more

University Students Fed Up over non-Payment of Allowances

University students in Zimbabwe are unhappy with the government for defaulting on its latest promise to pay allowances to students on industrial attachment. Read more


31 March 2019

Accommodation Portal a Boon for Students

After a year-long pilot, an accommodation portal founded by two students in partnership with the Midlands State University (MSU) in Zimbabwe has proved so successful, it has now been monetised. Read more

Students with a Passion for Realising Gender Empowerment

Tanyaradzwa Chinyukwi, 24, grew up in an environment in southern Zimbabwe, where life was tough and girls were always looked down upon. Read more

Universities Upgrade to Boost Global Competitiveness

Zimbabwe has set an ambitious path to upgrade its higher learning institutions to world-class facilities that are fully equipped with shopping malls, cafeterias, hotels and modern student quarters, writes Tanaka Nyambo for The Sunday Mail. Read more


28 February 2019

Destitute Students Abroad Struggle to Stay Within the Law

In a warning to parents against sending their children abroad without adequate financial resources, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said many Zimbabwean nationals were being arrested, imprisoned and detained in foreign countries for crimes ranging from being in the country illegally to vandalism and illegal employment. Read more

MSU Hosts Inception Workshop

The Midlands State University “Inception Workshop” for Higher Education Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa has been officially opened amid efforts by the Faculty of Mining and Minerals Processing Engineering to enhance the quality of engineering education so that such programmes in universities and colleges can match and advance current and future industry needs. Read more

University of Zimbabwe Wins us$3 Million Grant

The Partnership in Education Training and Research Advancement (PETRA) programme led by the College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe has done the University of Zimbabwe and the nation proud by winning a whooping US$3 million research grant. Read more


31 January 2019

Economic Crisis Is Forcing HE Students to Drop Out

Many students in Zimbabwe are facing the prospect of having to forgo their university studies in favour of their siblings’ education as the country’s economic meltdown continues to bite. Read more

Government Lifts Moratorium on Recruitment of Academics

Zimbabwe’s treasury has reversed its five-year-long freeze on the recruitment of university teaching staff, allowing universities to recruit about 350 lecturers to bolster capacity and improve service delivery in the country’s burgeoning higher education sector. Read more

NUST Students Design App That Allows Customers To Buy LP Gas From Home, Invent Gas Leak Detection And Monitoring Device “Memeza”

The National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Enactus club have designed an application called “Need Energy Express” that allows consumers to buy Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas from the comfort of their homes. Read more

Outrage Over Russian Scholarship HIV Test Requirements

Russia’s requirement that Zimbabwean students provide results of their HIV status as part of the application process for scholarships to study in that country has been condemned by Zimbabwean AIDS activists, prompting a call for African countries to “forgo” scholarships offered under such conditions. Read more

Women Bear the Brunt of Ongoing HIV Crisis on Campuses

High rates of HIV infections among students on university campuses are being fuelled by HIV-positive students on “revenge missions”, while others, mainly first-year women, are actively being targeted by older students in what is known as “the Gold Rush”, according to local university sources. Read more

Zimbabwe’s Unemployed Graduates Hope for 2019 Better Zimbabwe

Calls for equipping the girl child with educational skills have been growing louder across the world with Zimbabwe being one of the countries to partake in the ‘‘every girl child in school campaign.’’ Read more


31 December 2018

After Mugabe – ‘Not Much has Changed in HE’

A year after the departure of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power, opinion is divided on how much progress the new government under Emmerson Mnangagwa has made in reforming the country’s struggling higher education sector. Read more

MSU Set to Introduce Dual Honours Degrees

The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) has commended Midlands State University led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor V. N. Muzvidziwa for its quest to introduce fifteen (15) dual honours degree programmes that are in line with the country’s entrepreneurship, modernisation and industrialisation agenda. Read more

Universities Paralysed by Low Budget Allocation – Report

Underfunding and low budget release by Zimbabwe’s treasury are shackling capital expenditure projects at universities and curtailing skills training and development for institutions of higher learning, a report by a parliamentary committee has said. Read more


30 November 2018

Gay Association Launches Scholarships for LGBTI Students

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), the association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, has announced a scholarship programme for gay students pursuing studies at state universities. Read more

SA Can Learn a Thing or Two from Zimbabwe’s Education System

As the regime of Robert Mugabe crumbled unexpectedly before our very eyes, I could not help but recall why I left my university in California to do my doctoral fieldwork in rural Zimbabwe about a decade after the end of white rule. Read more

What Next for Zimbabwe’s ‘Tainted’ Higher Education System?

When Mugabe became the first president of the independent Zimbabwe in 1980, one of his early speeches proclaimed education as a basic human right. Highly educated himself, he became the chancellor of all Zimbabwean universities. However, long before the fateful military intervention last week, it appears that he had lost all credibility among academics and students. Read more

Women’s NGO Fights Sexual Harassment at Universities

Katswe Sistahood, a women-focused non-governmental organisation, has set up a campus programme aimed at addressing the myriad challenges facing women students in Zimbabwean higher and tertiary education institutions, including widespread sexual harassment and discrimination. Read more


31 October 2018

ED Reads Riot Act to Universities

President Mnangagwa yesterday challenged universities to stop taking pride in high enrolment figures and glamorous infrastructure and focus on providing answers to the country’s aspirations. Read more

Minister Unveils Ambitious Plans for Higher Education

Zimbabwe’s new and extensive development plans include creating innovation hubs at universities, upgrading student accommodation, making higher education more affordable for students and establishing the country’s first geospatial and space agency. Read more

Youth Speak Forum held at NUST

NUST Placement Office, in collaboration with International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC)-Islamabad Chapter, organised a Youth Speak Forum. Read more

NUST Holds International Conference HONET-ICT 2018

In collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), USA, and under the technical sponsorship of Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and IEEE Communications Society, NUST School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS) held “15th International Conference on High-capacity Optical Networks & Enabling/Emerging Technologies (HONET-ICT)”.  Read more


30 September 2018

President Announces Further Boost to National Research

Zimbabwe’s new president has announced that his government will enact a law establishing a research institute that will contribute towards the economic growth that will turn the country into a middle-income nation by 2030. Read more

Universities Require Thought, Action – Zim Minister

A university is a place where people think and do things and not where they look nice and use big words to appear educated, says Zimbabwe’s Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murirwa. Read more


31 August 2018

President Suspends Vice-Chancellor Over Grace Mugabe PhD

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has suspended University of Zimbabwe Vice-chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura for allegedly awarding former first lady Grace Mugabe a doctor of philosophy degree ‘corruptly’ in 2014. Read more


30 June 2018

FakeLeaks: ZIMSEC Says There Was a Fake Exam Paper Circulating on WhatsApp as a Leaked Copy

Last year’s October/November general exam session was somewhat messy. Besides the confusion over the ‘new curriculum’ there were several allegations of papers having leaked and that such papers had found… Read more

University of Birmingham and Zimbabwe

The University has a long tradition of welcoming students from Zimbabwe. Read more


31 May 2018

Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions, argues Duke historian Nancy MacLean

Ask people to name the key minds that have shaped America’s burst of radical right-wing attacks on working conditions, consumer rights and public services, and they will typically mention figures like free market-champion Milton Friedman, libertarian guru Ayn Rand, and laissez-faire economists Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. Read more

The Focus of Academic Economics: Before and After the Crisis

To answer this question we employ a bibliometric approach and compare the content and orientation of economic literature before and after the crisis with reference to two different samples:… Read more

Plans for multi-billion rand Mugabe university shelved

Plans for a new $1 bn university to be built and named in honour of former president Robert Mugabe have been put on ice and are unlikely to be revived. Zimbabwe already has 14 so-called universities, but ‘degrees’ from most of them are largely unrecognised outside Zimbabwe, as educational standards crashed over the last 25 years. Read more

International Conference on Communication and Information Science – 2018

The Faculty of Communication and Information Science at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) will be hosting its 8th annual International Conference on Communication and Information Science. This conference to be run under the theme: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development will be held at the HICC in Harare, Zimbabwe, from the 21st to the 23rd of August 2018. Read more

Bridging the Gap between Industry and Academia

As the country continues to work towards economic recovery through modernisation and industrialisation, the need to bridge the gap between academia and industry has become critical in order to come up with practical and innovative solutions that address real life challenges. Read more


30 April 2018

Nyagura Fights for His Freedom. . . Likewise Chidhakwa, Gudyanga

University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura, who is accused of illegally awarding former First Lady Grace Mugabe a PhD, yesterday notified the court of his intention to apply for refusal of further remand on the next court date. Read more

Unesco Mobilises Academics to Promote Heritage Protection in Africa

Unesco’s World Heritage Centre will this week be hosting a heritage workshop as part of its mandate to promote culture and education in Africa. Read more

Mobility Scheme Shows Results, but Challenges Persist

An impressive 1,255 African beneficiaries, including 722 masters and 346 doctoral students and 187 staff, have gained from a continent-wide mobility scheme implemented over seven years as a joint initiative of the African Union and European Union. But challenges to the mobility of academic staff and students and the greater harmonization of higher education systems persist on the continent, according to a recent report. Read more

US$5 Million Allocated for University Technology Hubs

The Zimbabwe government has set aside more than US$5 million to put in place technology hubs at six state-run universities in a move that it hopes will spearhead the country’s industrialization and modernization. Read more

Thumbs Up to MSU Growth Strategy: Dr Eve Gadzikwa

The Midlands State University growth strategy received a thump up from one of Zimbabwe’s renowned expert in corporate strategy and corporate governance, Dr Eve Gadzikwa. Speaking at a public lecture, on Corporate Governance, held at the Management Training Bureau on Saturday, 21 April 2018, Dr Gadzikwa, brought a wealth of knowledge spanning from her experience with companies such Standards Association of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).

University Participates at ZITF 2018

Midlands State University was among organizations and institutions that took part in the 2018 edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), held in Bulawayo from the 24th to the 28th of April.


30 December 2017

Chiredzi Welcomes Proposed Varsity Construction

Chiredzi residents have welcomed the proposed construction of a $15 million university focusing on science and agricultural studies in the town. Read more

Grooming Learners for Corporate World

Beyond the classroom content, there is a need to equip learners with skills that open up opportunities for them in the world they are being prepared for. Proper grooming, social skills and etiquette go a long way in positioning people for opportunities. Read more

Students Pin Hopes on President Mnangagwa

Tertiary education is becoming more expensive and inaccessible to the majority of the poor. As a result of this, there are now growing calls for the reintroduction of students’ grants for college, university and vocational training institutions. Read more

UK Network Calls for Student-Friendly Government Policies

The Zim-UK Students Network, a collective of Zimbabweans studying in the UK, says it hopes the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa will usher in a new government administration that places students as a top priority in its policies. Read more

VCs Pledge to Complement Govt

Vice Chancellors of State universities have pledged to complement Government’s economic revival initiatives through promoting research and development in technology. Read more


30 October 2017

15 New Degrees at Varsities

Curriculum reviews at local universities have resulted in the introduction of over 15 new degrees in line with Government’s efforts to ensure that higher education facilitates the country’s industrialisation and modernisation programme. Read more

Critics Take Aim at New Scholarships Ministry

Academics, student unions and opposition parties have condemned the creation by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe of a new ministry – of National Scholarships – against the backdrop of the country’s ongoing economic woes. Read more

Lutheran Varsity on the Cards

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe wants to establish a university in Mberengwa to complement Government’s efforts of making higher education available for all. Read more

Mugabe Acts on Scholarship Students’ Plight

President Mugabe has taken measures to normalize the living conditions of students studying in Russia and China. Read more

Students Ready for Mugabe Interface

Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) says it is ready to meet President Robert Mugabe as announced by the Zanu PF youth league that they are planning for students interface rallies at universities. Read more

Police Clearance to Apply For Harare Poly

Harare Polytechnic College has asked all prospective students to seek police clearance in order to have their applications considered. In a circular for the 2018 enrolment requirements, the college advised that all courses required. Read more

Police Need Training To Detect Cyber Crimes

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) needs to train officers capable of detecting and neutralising cyber crimes, Police Commissioner-General was speaking at the Zimbabwe Republic Police Staff College graduation ceremony in Harare. Read more

President Caps 1 965 at Bindura State University

President Mugabe conferred degrees on 1965 graduates at the 16th Bindura University of Science Education graduation ceremony. Read more

President Lifts Freeze on Academic Staff Recruitment

President Mugabe has lifted the freeze on academic staff recruitment for all programmes that have been approved by the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE). Read more

Zimbabwean Students in Russia Engaging in Prostitution For Survival

Zimbabwean students studying in Russia under the presidential scholarship have reportedly gone for over a year without receiving any financial support from the government, with some turning to immoral activities to survive. Read more


15 October 2017

Government Injects $3m Into Teacher Devlopment

Government has invested @3 million in teacher capacity development programme to enable them effectively teach vernacular languages that have been included in the education system. Read more

Ministry Bemoans Disbursement Of Funds

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has bemoaned the delayed disbursement of funds by Government for construction work at State Universities. Read more

President Caps 3 445 GZU Graduates

President Mugabe yesterday capped 3 445 Great Zimbabwe University graduates at the institution’s colourful graduation ceremony held at the university’s permanent site near Great Zimbabwe. Read more

President Caps 418 HIT Graduates

President Mugabe yesterday capped 418 Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) graduates at a colourful ceremony held at the university campus. Read more

STEM: Foundation for a Progressive Future

Following a successful learning and familiarization tour of international industry universities, the ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education and Universities held eight joint luncheon across the country. Read more

Universities To Change Curriculum

Universities are set to change their curriculum and ensure the setting up of a national research system that responds to the country’s pressing needs in all aspects of the economy. Read more

ZNA Targets Combat Efficiency

The Zimbabwe National Army is equipping its combat engineers with relevant knowledge in civil engineering for efficiency in both combat and civil engineering assignments.

Read more


30 September 2017

African Universities Education With A Purpose

What Africa needs is a ranking system that measures universities relative to their success in achieving Africa’s own goals, not one that aims to replicate institutions that were built for a different context and different time. Read more

Colleges Told To Adapt To Technological Changes

Industrial training colleges should adapt to technological changes in order for them to survive. Read more

IDBZ Commissions 12m-Byo Students Residential-Project

The government is working on recapitalising the infrastructure development bank of Zimbabwe to enable it to fulfil its mandate of funding for infrastructure projects. Read more

Masters Degree New Status Symbol

Undergraduate students yet to complete their first degrees are already mulling what masters degree they could pursue before they go through their first academic hurdle. Read more

Nust Lecturers Suspend Strike

The government has given the National University of Science and Technology two months to find common ground with institution’s lecturers who ended their strike after accusing to managers of mismanagement. Read more

President Extends Zvobgos Tenure At GZU

Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) has extended Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvobgo’s term of office by another six years. Read more

Vocational Training Key To-Socio Economic Growth

The government should invest more in Vocational education training to promote sustainable socio-economic growth across all sectors. Read more


31 August 2017

A Curriculum for Empowerment

President Mugabe hailed the new education curriculum saying it fosters entrepreneurship and opens up opportunities for Zimbabweans to be skillful and innovative. Read more

After Fake Phd Allegations, General Chiwenga Says No Bad Blood Between Him And Moyo

There is no bad blood between the Commander of the National Defence Forces and higher education minister. Read more

Bridging the Industry, Lecture Room Gap

There have been concerns over a disconnect on university graduate skills and job requirements of specific industries. As a result, conversations around the state of academia in Zimbabwe have often included the phrase “half-baked” graduates. Read more

Further Your Education Like Chiwenga, Soldiers Urged

President Mugabe urged members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to take a cue from their Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, and further their education to achieve academic excellence. Read more

Govt Works on Bill to Transform Education System

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development is working on a bill which seeks to transform the country’s education system into an engine that will drive industrial growth. Read more

IIZ to Set Up Insurance School

The Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe is transforming into a fully-fledged training institution to cater for the dynamic needs of the industry with plans already underway to set up a school in Harare. Read more

Mutare Poly on Track

Mutare Polytechnic principal, MsPonisoWatema, has said the college is in the right path of fulfilling the SADC Protocol advocating for improved skills relevant for the industry. Read more

NAM Science Indaba Begins Today

The second Non-Aligned Movement Science and Technology technical meeting on industrial biotechnology kicks off today in Harare with focus on ways to promote value addition and beneficiation among member states. Read more

NUST Considers Enrolling 20% Foreign Students

The National University of Science and Technology (Nust) is considering enrolling 20 percent of its students from abroad in a bid to increase its revenue base as it strives to revert to its founding mandate of providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Read more

Rising Demand, State Funding Cuts Fuel Rise of Christian Universities

The last two decades have seen a brisk growth in Christian universities in sub-Saharan Africa. This phenomenon exists at the intersection of two of the most dynamic social trends on the continent: the rapid rise of Christian adherence and the volatile growth of higher education. Read more

Tips on Choosing Degree/Course

A number of students recently collected their June results and those who passed A-Level exams will be looking at proceeding to university or colleges. There are many issues to consider when choosing a degree or course. Read more

Varsities Urged to Research on Councils’ Challenges

Universities have been implored to use research to address dysfunctionalities currently bedevilling local authorities countrywide as well as gathering data needed to aid town planning to solve the challenge of illegal settlements. Read more

Zimre to Put Out Tender for Nicoz House Refurbishment

Zimre Property Investment (ZPI) will soon be going to tender for the refurbishment of Nicoz House Bulawayo into a student accommodation facility that will offer 94 beds. Read more


15 August 2017

250 Illegal Colleges Shut Down

Foundation College, the prestigious Girls College and Dominican Convent High School are part of 251 private and independent training institutions which have been closed with immediate effect for non- compliance with the country’s registration and operation procedures. Read more

College Press Answers New Curriculum Call

Although no single definition may be said to be holistic in the explanation of the complex phenomenon known as curriculum, it can be simply referred to as a course of study or plan for what is to be taught in an educational institution. Read more

Grandiose Sinister Schemers and Their Wild-Card Billion-Dollar University

In light of all circumstances surrounding Zimbabwe, the answer to the question is so obvious that mentioning it here is an insult to everyone’s intelligence. So, the question that follows is: are the proponents of this university stupid or what? For those not in the know, Zimbabwe’s minister of higher education announced that Mugabe’s cabinet had approved the construction of a private university named after him. Read more

Govt Backtracks On Illegal Colleges

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has back-tracked on its announcement on Monday that it will shut down 251 private and independent colleges. Read more

Hillside Teachers’ College ‘discovers’ forgotten land

Authorities at Hillside Teachers’ College have “discovered” a forgotten piece land belonging to the institution, 25 years after it was donated by Government. Read more

More Students Access Internet on Phones than Laptops

More students access the internet on their mobile phones than laptops or tablets. Education that does not embrace this reality is not meeting students where they are. Read more

Mugabe’s $1 Billion University – Plan Too Late to Salvage Battered Legacy

There is a rush by President Robert Mugabe’s lieutenants to salvage his legacy, and the latest ploy in that race – a university named after him – may cost the taxpayer at least $1 billion. Read more

Officials in Trouble Over Schools Closure Advert

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, has said officials who unprocedurally flighted an advertisement announcing that the Government had closed 251 private schools will not go unpunished. Read more

Polytechs’ Bid to Turn Into Varsities Rejected

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Jonathan Moyo, has rejected a request by polytechnics to be transformed into universities, saying there was a danger of lowering the country’s education standards. Read more

RGM University to Be Private Institution

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Jonathan Moyo has assured the nation that Government will not neglect state universities and concentrate on the new private Robert Gabriel Mugabe University. Read more

State Varsities Need Comprehensive Approach

A good measure of strides that a country takes towards economic growth and development is multi-dimensional for it points to equity in terms of resource allocation, literacy rates, and rise in GDP and GNP figures, to mention only a few things. Read more

Teachers’ Colleges Urged to be Ready For Degree Programmes

Teachers’ colleges should make sure they meet the required standards and expectations before they consider offering degree programmes at their institutions, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice Chancellor has said. Read more

Zim to Host NAM Science Indaba

Zimbabwe will this month host the second Non-Aligned Movement Science and Technology technical meeting on industrial biotechnology to promote value addition and beneficiation among member states. Read more

Zimbabwe to Spend $1bn on University to Honour Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped government plans to spend $1bn (£770m) on building a university to honour President Robert Mugabe, 93. Read more


15 July 2017

Govt Wants Ex-Students to Pay Back Fees to Be Used As Revolving Fund

Government wants former students who received State funding during their studies to pay back a flat fee amounting to $1000 to be used as a revolving fund to benefit students. Read more

Higher Learning Institutions Move towards Transformation

The university has also confirmed that the degree programme will be complemented by short courses in financial, economic and business reporting that the institution will start offering. Read more

IIZ Set To Unveil New Curriculum

The Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe (IIZ) is set to unveil a new curriculum that responds to the changing needs of the industry. Read more

Polytechs Urged To Increase STEM Courses Enrolment

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has asked higher learning institutions to consider increasing enrolment figures for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. Read more

Principal Retires After 45 Years of Service

KWEKWE Polytechnic College principal Mr Joyce Cephas Mbudzi (65) is retiring after 45 years of service, 17 of them at the Midlands institution. Read more

Second University for Manicaland

Manicaland University of Applied Sciences, which all along was being hosted by Midlands State University, is now a stand-alone institution following the recent appointment of a council led by revered academic Professor Rukudzo Murapa. Read more

Zim Battles Fake Doctors Scourge Amid Scramble for Ph.Ds

JACOB Mutisi did not celebrate when he received an unsolicited letter inviting him to a so-called leadership seminar by the London Graduate School that could have seen him earning a doctorate in just two days. Read more


30 June 2017

Bata Shoes Company MD Visits MSU

Bata Shoe Company Managing Director Mr Zaman Ehasan accompanied by his wife Dr Sharmin Parveen, Associate Professor for the Department of Health Informatics at Bangladesh University of Health Sciences paid a courtesy call on the Midlands State University Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor V. N Muzvidziwa. Read more

Industries Shun Research, Innovation: Academics

In a presentation during a business luncheon on the role of STEM in Industrialisation and Modernisation held in Bulawayo, National University of Science and Technology lecturer, Engineer William Goriwondo, encouraged industry to utilise project recommendations from universities. Read more

MSU Host Emerald Publishing Workshop

Midlands State University’s Library Services Department hosted the prestigious Emerald Publishing workshop. The workshop was held courtesy of the department’s partnership with the global publishing company with the aim of providing guidance to various authors on how to get their works published. Read more

Nust Seeks Firms for Hostel Project

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IBDZ) has invited construction companies interested in building student hostels and staff accommodation at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo to come up with their proposals for the project. Read more

President Appoints Varsity Councils

President Mugabe has appointed councils for nine State universities including the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo as well as the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) board. Read more

Private Sector Urged to Fund Research

The private sector has been challenged to fund research at institutions of higher learning to complement government efforts to transform the economy through science and technology. Read more

Sadc Commends Zim, Adopts STEM

SADC countries have adopted the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative which will see pupils undertaking it from Early Childhood Learning to tertiary level. Read more

Skills-Based Approach Yields Encouraging Results

When Mr Bridges heard IBM was hiring at a nearby operations center in 2013, he applied and demonstrated those skills. Now Mr Bridges, 25, is a computer security analyst, making $45 000 a year. In a struggling Appalachian economy, that is enough to provide him with his own apartment, a car, spending money — and career ambition. Read more

Talking With Turkey for Release of Jailed Students

The Zimbabwean government is seeking the release and extradition of three Zimbabwean students who are being held in prison in northern Cyprus for drug trafficking. Read more

The Legacy of African Universities

In the early 1940s, Makerere College was a centre of knowledge, with students coming from African countries as well as European countries. Makerere was known as the “Harvard of Africa”. Read more

University Gender Affirmative Action – Time for a Change

Despite the fact that women outnumber men at the University of Zimbabwe, there are few female engineering students. It may be time to rethink the institution’s gender affirmative action policy. Read more

Varsities Marry Scholarly Research with Business Acumen

There is no one-size-fits-all definition of the entrepreneurial university, but rather a plurality of approaches, inventive, creative and yet practical, that distinguishes the entrepreneurial style. Read more


15 June 2017

Govt Launches Fund for Women Scientists

The Government has joined other SADC countries in launching a $73 000 fund to support and encourage innovations by women in the bio-sciences sector. Read more

Hazards of Technology-Driven Education

All that glitters is not gold. This ageless adage should serve to warn both learners and educators as technology driven paperless education takes over from mountains of books, dust and chalk. Read more

President to Appoint Varsity Councils

President Mugabe in this month expected to appoint university councils for the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences, Manicaland University of Applied Sciences and Gwanda State University. Read more

US$75 Million Boost for University Accommodation

Infrastructure development financier, the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe, or IDBZ, says it has begun work on the construction of student halls of residence at five of the country’s state universities under the first phase of its university students and staff accommodation project. Read more


15 May 2017

Academics Need Support Not Pressure

Academics are under increasing pressure to learn to teach well, better or differently than before. There are many reasons for this. Read more

Activists Ridicule Plan for Robert Mugabe University

Activists in Zimbabwe have ridiculed plans to build a Robert Mugabe University, adding that naming an educational institution after the veteran leader would be “palpably unfair and a monument of Zimbabwean injustice”. Read more

Bulawayo Book Fair Returns with A Bang

The Bulawayo Book Fair, one of ZIBF satellite book fairs which was held at the Large City Hall was but a celebration of its return after a two-year hiatus and Bookshelf had the privilege to witness this “bookish” comeback. Read more

Changing World Challenges Higher Education, Accreditation

The shifting terrain of higher education worldwide is challenging quality assurance and accreditation professionals to examine how they can adjust or transform traditional practices and policies, while also preserving core academic values. Read more

Desperate Students Look to Campus Politics for Solutions

Higher education students, tired of enduring high levels of economic stress and desperate for political change, are joining campus-based student unions in their numbers despite concerns around the strong alignment of such groups to national political parties. Read more

LSU Bars Students from Writing Exams over Fees

Lupane State University (LSU) is allegedly barring students who have not paid their fees from writing final examinations, in defiance of a Government directive. Read more

More Scrutiny Needed on Study Choices

With the changing times and shifts in technology, there is need to re-evaluate the importance of qualifications acquired in past years. Read more

Nyagura Challenges Higher Learning Institutions to Upgrade Programmes

University of Zimbabwe vice-chancellor, Levi Nyagura has challenged the country’s institutions of higher learning to regularly upgrade their programmes to keep tabs with latest international trends and produce graduates with relevant skills. Read more

RBZ Engages Banks over Students Loans

The Reserve Bank has begun engaging financial institutions willing to partner the apex bank for the financing of the tuition loan scheme for higher and tertiary education students. Read more

Setting Up of Robert Mugabe Varsity Begins

Government has begun the process of setting up the Robert Mugabe University with the University of Zimbabwe expected to play a part in its establishment. The specialised skills university will be built in honour of President Mugabe’s sterling contribution to the education sector. Read more

UZ to Spearhead Robert Mugabe University Establishment

The Government has begun the process of setting up the Robert Mugabe University with the University of Zimbabwe expected to play a part in its establishment. Read more


30 April 2017

Abusive Teachers, Lecturers to Lose Diplomas, Degrees

Lecturers in universities and colleges as well as teachers in public and private schools who are found guilty of abusing students risk having their degrees and diplomas cancelled by the Government to curb rampant abuse, especially of female learners. Read more

Educated Fools Causing World Turmoil

Alleged sexual abuse of female students by their charges at educational institutions in this country — with legal punitive measures against offenders now underway — marks a point of departure for this discourse. Read more

Lecturers Must be Allowed to Exercise Freedom

A local higher education delegation has toured top Indian medical facilities, one of them run by a university in a move that is expected to revolutionise the way local universities are run. Read more

New Bill Seeks to Turn Universities into Industrial Hubs

Zimbabwe’s cabinet has approved a new Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Bill that will, among other impacts, turn universities into industrial hubs and criminalise the issuing or receiving of degrees from unaccredited institutions, according to the country’s higher education minister. Read more

Zim Students in India Commend Govt Initiative

A group of Zimbabwean students on fellowship in India have commended a Government initiative for universities to incubate industry saying it is key in the transformation of the country’s medical tourism initiative. Read more


15 March 2017

Defense College Granted University Status

President Mugabe has issued a proclamation announcing that national defense college will be fully-fledged national university. Read more

Disentangling the Gordian knot with Professor Gundani

Renowned educationist, Professor Paul Gundani visited Midlands State University’s Zvishavane Campus on the 7th of March 2017, where he delivered a public lecture titled, “The ‘Just War’ tradition in Zimbabwe historiography: Disentangling the Gordian knot between religion and morality of war and warfare.” Read more

Gem from Great Zimbabwe University

Great Zimbabwe University has produced an album titled ‘Dangwe’ through its outfit. Read more

Reviving the Zimbabwean Economy through STEM

Since its launch in 2016, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative has been the topic of many discussions, as people seek to better understand this seemingly ‘new animal’, the brainchild of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development. Read more

Technology Deficit Hurts Zim

Zimbabwe has produced less than 2000 technologists since 1980, most of whom have left the country. Read more

US$2bn Bond to Plug Higher Education Facilities Deficit

Government last week Wednesday contracted CBZ Holdings, one of the country’s biggest financial institutions, to raise US$2 billion through bonds to fund infrastructure facilities at the country’s institutions of higher learning. Read more

Varsities Urged to Come Up with Home-Grown Solution

Universities in Africa have been challenged to come up with home-grown solutions to challenges faced by institutions of higher learning. Read more

ZNDU, Malaysia Varsity Sign Joint Academic MOU

The Zimbabwe National Defense University and University Utara Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening academic cooperation between the two institutions of higher learning. Read more


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


DISCLAIMER Neither INHEA nor its hosting institutions—CIHE-Boston College nor the University of Kwazulu-Natal—endorse, sanction, verify, or promote the stories that are published in any of the sites they appear.