The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) was established by an Act of Parliament, Chapter 25:27, promulgated in 2006, 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.
There is a Council that is responsible for the policy function and a Secretariat which carries out the day to day functions of Council. The Council operates through the Committee system and the following are the Committees in place :
The Secretariat is headed by the CEO. It is comprised of three directorates, each of which is headed by a Principal Director as follows:
ZIMCHE’s Functions as set out in the Act can be categorised are into three areas
Functions of the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education are as follows
As quality assurance is central to the role of ZIMCHE, it is necessary that stakeholders acquire a good understanding of the purpose of quality assurance and what is meant by quality in modern discourse. Quality assurance in higher education is a world wide development that has taken place in the last two decades or so due to, among other things, the worldwide massification and rising costs of higher education in the face of dwindling resources. In this regard, the purpose of quality assurance can be summarised as follows:
To have a clearer appreciation of ZIMCHE's role in quality assurance one needs to understand the following:
Quality assurance in higher education has two important dimensions: an internal and external dimension. The quality assurance system involves internal self-evaluation by the institution and external validation by a quality assurance agency. Each higher education institution must see it as its responsibility to establish and maintain an effective quality assurance system. ZIMCHE as a quality assurance agency provides the external validation.
As indicated earlier, ZIMCHE operates through three
directorates. Of particular importance in terms of quality assurance are the processes
of registration and accreditation, for which the Registration and Accreditation
Directorate has responsibility; and programme and institutional audits, for which the
Academic and Institutional Audits Directorate is responsible.
The ZIMCHE Act requires that all degree granting institutions be registered with
The processes of accreditation, registration, institutional audits and programme audits and the other services we provide are all designed to achieve the following: