The Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (ZIMCHE) held a two-day strategic meeting from the 17th to the 18th of February 2022 whose principal objective was to map out strategies on how best the Council can deliver on its mandate as enunciated in the ZIMCHE Act (25:27), the Heritage-based Education 5.0 Doctrine and the National Vision 2030.
Speaking during the first day of the strategic meeting, the ZIMCHE Chief Executive Officer, Professor Kuzvinetsa P. Dzvimbo, said it was vital for the Council, which is charged with superintending the country’s higher education, to deliver on its core mandate of regulating, promoting and coordinating the higher education sector, over and above advising the Minister on all higher education matters. He further underscored the need for the ZIMCHE to ensure that the higher education system effectively contributes to the national priority area on Human Capital Development and Innovation, which is the engine for driving Zimbabwe’s progress towards an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.
“Colleagues, we must deliver on what the ZIMCHE Act says we must deliver, and we must also deliver on what our line Ministry and Council say we should deliver … our interests must be overtaken by the interests of the ZIMCHE, the interests of the Ministry, and the interests of the country and where it wants to go”, said Professor Dzvimbo.
After setting the tone for the meeting, the strategic sessions that followed witnessed members of the Executive Management Committee informed by various strategic documents, including the ZIMCHE Act, the National Development Strategy (NDS) 1, the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Strategic Plan, the ZIMCHE Strategic Plan, the ZIMCHE Council’s Performance Contract and the ZIMCHE CEO’s Performance Contract among others, formulating action plans to ensure that key deliverables and outcomes for 2022 are achieved.
The strategic meeting, which was held in Nyanga, comes shortly after the ZIMCHE CEO, Professor Kuzvinetsa P. Dzvimbo and the ZIMCHE Chairperson of Council, Professor Ngwabi M. Bhebe, together with other chief executives of public entities and senior public servants, signed performance contracts as part of efforts by the Government towards the attainment of Vision 2030.