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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.

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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


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