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Symposium on Developing Minimum Norms and Standards for Student Accommodation in Zimbabwean HEIs

June 6, 2019 @ 12:00 am June 16, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

DEVELOPMENT OF NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR STUDENT ACCOMMODATION IN ZIMBABWEAN UNIVERSITIES DRAFT CONCEPT NOTE

  1. Introduction

According to the British Council report (2016), across Africa, higher education is seen by governments as intrinsic to success, and by individuals as the means to higher incomes and more rewarding careers. It has led to a rapid expansion of higher education across the continent, with millions more students enrolling into universities. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the number of students in Africa enrolled in tertiary education has doubled from six million to more than 12 million over the last 15 years. Africa puts higher education at the centre of its ambitions and Agenda 2063 is the plan for Africa’s transformation agreed upon by the 54 members of the African Union in 2013. This aspiration is becoming achievable.  However, there are some challenges with regards to accommodating these students in universities. Because of this great demand for higher education in Africa, enrolments have increased at a fast rate while infrastructure development has not corresponded in growth.

Universities are facing unprecedented challenges that have a direct impact on the student housing, such as the needs of an expanding accommodation facility, allocation of financial resources, competition to attract and maintain qualified students, keeping pace with technology, improving aging halls of residence, adding more halls of residence to accommodate the booming numbers of students and meeting 21st century expectations for campus living.

This has led to the proposal for developing minimum norms and standards of student accommodation in Zimbabwean universities. The student being the most important client in the university education sector, ZIMCHE found it prudent to organise this symposium to share experiences, solve different challenges being faced by Higher Education Institutions and to ensure that Zimbabwe is live to the African Union Agenda 2063 which puts higher education at the centre of its ambitions to meet the plan for Africa’s transformation. This can only be achieved if university education provision is approached wholesomely. Therefore, provision of appropriate accommodation for students, whether provided by public or private sectors is an important development towards the success of the higher education sector.

2.0 The Objectives of the Symposium:

  1. To share experiences on current state of student accommodation in Universities.
  2. To discuss and derive lessons from presentation(s) on Norms and standards of student accommodation by some invited representatives of external institutions.
  3. To come up with guidelines for developing minimum norms and standards of student accommodation in Zimbabwe.

3.0 Structure of the Symposium

The symposium is being organised to promote development of competitive housing for students in Zimbabwean universities. This will be a two-day symposium to be held at the National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo on the 6th and 7th of June 2019, travelling days are 5th and 8th of June 2019. Those responsible for students’ welfare and infrastructure in the universities, student bodies’ representatives as well, an expert from the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers will be invited to attend this symposium. ZIMCHE will also invite colleagues from neighbouring countries to share experiences or models they use in HEIs for student accommodation.

4.0 Target Participants

  • Deans of Students,
  • The Directors of Works and Estates/Infrastructure,
  • Experts from the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers, and
  • Student representatives.

5.0 Registration

Each delegate will be required to pay a registration fee of US$250.00 or RTGS$ 1250.00 which will cover stationery, conference teas and lunches. The universities will be responsible for their own travelling and accommodation expenses. Please confirm your attendance by filling in the registration form attached and forward it to Mrs B. Nhemachena at bnhemachena@zimche.ac.zw, and to copy Mr L.C.K. Gwati at lckgwati@zimche.ac.zw and Mrs M.R. Ndlovu at mndlovu@zimche.ac.zw by 31 May 2019.

RTGS$ ACCOUNT

  BANK NAME:                       ZIMBABWE COUNCIL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

   BANK:                                CBZ

  ACCOUNT NO:                      02121690110025

  BRANCH SWIFT CODE:          COBZZWHAXXX

  BRANCH:                            SELOUS AVENUE    CODE 6109

 CITY:                                 HARARE

 COUNTRY:                           ZIMBABWE

NOSTRO ACCOUNT

BANK NAME:                       ZIMBABWE COUNCIL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 BANK:                                CBZ

 ACCOUNT NO:                      02121690110045

 BRANCH SWIFT CODE:          COBZZWHAXXX

  BRANCH:                            SELOUS AVENUE    CODE 6109

   CITY:                                 HARARE

   COUNTRY:                           ZIMBABWE

6.0 Workshop Programme to be attached

The draft symposium programme which includes key note speakers is attached.

Download The Concept Note