ZIMCHE was created through an act of parliament Chapter 25:27 which was promulgated in 2006. The act establishes ZIMCHE and the procedures for the registration and accreditation of institutions of higher education.
The mandate of ZIMCHE is to promote and co-ordinate education provided by institutions of higher education and to act as a regulator in the determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examinations, academic qualifications and research in institutions of higher education.
To promote quality enhancement and development of higher education in Zimbabwe, and act as a regulator and vanguard agency for high standards in teaching, research and academic qualifications.
To be a world class national quality assurance body whose positive impact on higher education is recognised and acknowledged both nationally and internationally.
ZIMCHE is a quality assurance agency whose overall function is quality assurance. However its functions can be subdivided into three categories as follows:
At one level ZIMCHE is a regulatory body (in respect of the accreditation, registration, auditing and, where necessary, de-registration or closure of institutions – all these aspects are central to the quality assurance function of the agency).
At another level ZIMCHE acts as an advisory body (advising the Minister and higher education institutions).
ZIMCHE also plays a coordination and facilitation role (coordinating the development of higher education in the country; facilitating the promotion of quality, the training of higher education personnel and cooperation between institutions; and promoting regional cooperation in higher education).