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Higher Education

University of Zimbabwe in Harare is the oldest and largest university in Zimbabwe. It was founded through a special relationship with the University of London and it opened its doors to its first students in 1952. The university has ten faculties offering a wide variety of degree programmes and many specialist research centres and institutes. English is the language of instruction.

Zimbabwe Open University is a distance education university. Established in 1999, it is the only distance education university in the country. Student enrollment at ZOU has been growing steadily from the time of its formation and in terms of enrollment it is the largest university in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Open University has three faculties under which the academic programmes are conducted.

Great Zimbabwe University is an institution of higher learning in the city ofMasvingo. It is currently situated on the Masvingo Teachers’ College campus seven kilometres east of Masvingo town, however, its main location will soon be further from Masvingo and much nearer to the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, where a larger campus is soon to be built. One of a number of universities the government opened after independence in 1980, the university offers degree and diploma programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the arts, commerce, education and the sciences.

Harare Polytechnic is a higher educational institution located in Harare. It is the oldest third-level college in Zimbabwe. It was originally named Salisbury Technical School and was established in 1926.

Located just outside the eastern highlands city of Mutare in Zimbabwe, Africa University is a private, international higher education institution founded in March 1992 by the United Methodist Church worldwide. The University welcomes students from all the nations of Africa without regard for race, class, ethnicity and political or religious affiliation. At Africa University, undergraduate and graduate programmes as well as short courses are offered in areas such as agriculture, business and public administration, education, health sciences, the humanities and social sciences, peace, leadership and governance and theology. The University’s total full-time enrolment is around 1200 students each year.

The Catholic University in Zimbabwe is located on the south side of Harare. It has over 300 students in  two faculties: the Faculty of Business Management and Information Technology and the Faculty of Humanities, with students reading for the Bachelor of Business Management and Information Technology (Honours) Degree and the Bachelor of Arts Degree. The proportion of men to women is about 50:50 at the University.  The Catholic University in Zimbabwe was established in 1998 at the initiative of a group of lay Catholics and the Archbishop of Harare, the Most Rev. Patrick Fani Chakaipa.

Solusi University is a coeducational private university in Bulawayo,Zimbabwe. Initially established in 1894, one hundred years later, the institution received the authorization of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe through an act of Parliament to operate as a university. As a university it first opened on October 4, 1994, the first private institution of higher education in the country. Following the granting of the charter by the Government it was renamed to Solusi Universityto reflect the institution’s expanded roles and academic offerings. The university follows American grading and business, research and liberal arts curricular patterns. It is owned and run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Bindura University of Science Education. In 1995, the government made a decision to address the problem of the shortage of science teachers locally by setting up aUniversityofScience Educationunder the University of Zimbabwe. The college opened on 26 March 1996 with an intake of 125 students. The government gazetted the Bindura University of Science Education Act in February 2000, conferring University status to the college.

Midlands State University is offering different courses mainly in the commercial and arts sector. The University was previously called GweruTeachers’ College, which was primarily a teacher training college under the University of Zimbabwe. The commercial degrees are modeled from the University of South Africa curriculum. It offers various degrees in commerce with specialization in different fields such as accounting (Chartered Accountant route), finance, quantitative analysis, marketing, business management, etc. The main campus is located in Senga area, south east of Gweru central about 15  km (9.5 miles). The road leading to the main campus is poorly developed. It is very close to Fletcher Boys High School, one of the top high schools in terms of academic excellency in Zimbabwe.

National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is a young and progressive university established in 1991. NUST is located in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe Technology Centre declares as mission to provideZimbabweand the region with technological solutions for sustainable development. The Center has institutes that undertake research and develop products as well as offer courses in fields from biotechnology to software engineering.

Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) is committed first and foremost to providing a high quality Design education and teaching New Media skills. We are the first college of its kind in the country and different from other training facilities in that we emphasize Design; it is not enough to be proficient with the digital tools, because that is exactly all they are: tools. Whether one wants to study print or new media, an understanding of typography, visual hierarchy, communication, interface and information design is crucial, it is the foundation.