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ZIMCHE offers advice to a prospective university

The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) Secretariat spent half the day  on Monday 12 October 2020 at 93 Enterprise road in Harare advising the Zimbabwe Institute of Management (ZIM) on the ZIMCHE requirements for starting  a university and the subsequent institutional accreditation. The ZIM approached the ZIMCHE seeking guidance on the expectations of the regulatory body for the Institute to transition from diploma awarding into a degree awarding institution under the proposed Zimbabwe  University of Management and Leadership.

To offer its advisory function to the prospective university the ZIMCHE made use of three peer reviewers including Prof Charles Muchemwa Nherera from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), who is an experienced educationist and administrator in Higher Education.  Dr Salomie Zinyemba an expert librarian from the Catholic University in Zimbabwe (CUZ) led the focus group discussions on library and Information Technologies Communication affordances. Dr Retias Kubuma Makado the experienced dean of students from the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) offered advice on student support services on and off university campus. This made the whole exercise collegial, transparent and informative.

Professor Regis Chireshe the Chief Director coordinated the ZIMCHE Secretariat that included Professor Felitus Gumbo the Chief Director Life and Health Sciences, Dr Hilton Chikuya, Dr Gilford Hapanyengwi, Mr. Lovemore Gwati, Mr. Oden Mabika and Mrs. Barbra Nhemachena. The  Zimbabwe Institute of Management was represented by its Chief Executive Officer Mr. Godfrey Rusunguro and the former president Mr. Tyanai Zhou.

During such engagements the task for the ZIMCHE Secretariat is to gather information to enable the ZIMCHE board to make informed decisions on the potential of the prospective university to offer quality degree education.

The Zimbabwe Institute of Management is a membership based and non-profit making management organisation founded in 1957. Currently, its goal is promoting and developing best practices in management and leadership.