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The Partnership in Education Training and Research Advancement (PETRA) programme led by the College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe has done the University of Zimbabwe and the nation proud by winning a whooping US$3 million research grant. Awarded by the Forgarty International Centre of the United States Institutes of Health, the grant seeks to capacitate training in health professions education and research strengthening at the UZ College of Health Sciences under the Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) and Promoting Excellence in Research and Enhanced Career Training (PERFECT) programmes.


PETRA is a consortium of four Zimbabwean universities collaborating with two United States universities. The Zimbabwe Consortium members are the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS), National University of Science and Technology (NUST Faculty of Medicine), Midlands State University (MSU Faculty of Medicine) and Africa University (AU Department of Health Sciences). The American universities are University of Colorado Denver and Stanford University.


The goal of PETRA is to promote two thematic areas, namely, Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practices (IPE/CP) and Dissemination and Implementation Science research (DIS). IPE/CP will be implemented through several capacity building programmes, ICT innovations and demonstration projects in various student forums and specialized patient care settings. DIS will include workshops and support of interdisciplinary projects for postgraduate students especially in the area of HIV/AIDS.


The UZCHS will lead the PETRA Consortium in the implementation of the programme (PETRA) activities at the Zimbabwean Consortium institutions. The American Universities will provide technical expertise in the thematic areas and evaluation capacity for all the programmes.


The PETRA programme expects that by the end of the 5 years of the grant, all the institutions will have developed and integrated IPE/CP and DIS programmes into their curricula. This will ultimately improve healthcare and patient outcomes throughout Zimbabwe.



The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is pleased to invite all its key stakeholders, including current and potential collaborating partners, to a Consultation Workshop on the Development of the institution’s Strategic Plan 2019-2025. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at the University of Zimbabwe.

The UZ is undergoing a holistic and strategic transformation in line with the National Vision 2030 anchored on the quest for modernisation and industrialization. Responding to sopcio-economic development challenges facing the national and the gobal community today, and inspired by the Government of Zimbabwe’s Education 5.0 thrust, the UZ is ushering a new thinking in its academic programming, research and innovation processes, bringing new dimensions in its partnership with strategic actors in industry, commerce and society.  The institution therefore seeks to appropriately position itself ‘prime national think-tank’, providing current and futuristic solutions that our society needs. In general, the UZ’s new strategic thrust seeks to achieve the following:

  1. Programming for relevance, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness in response to societal demands for sustainable socio-economic development
  2. Championing Education 5.0 with excellence (teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation)
  3. Fostering Strategic Partnerships with actors in Industry, Commerce and Society to achieve 1 and 2, above.

The key features of the Consultation Workshop will include:

  • presentation of the main University of Zimbabwe Strategic Thrust by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Paul Mapfumo
  • presentations of emerging programme areas by Faculty Deans and Institute Directors and how these seek to address real problems and challenges for the nation and beyond
  • a Special Feedback Session from you, our esteemed stakeholders - We have three (3) minute slots for those stakeholders seeking to make special inputs to the dialogue process and responding directly to the UZ presentations.

To confirm your participation at this landmark event, please register by clicking the link below

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For more information about the Stakeholder Workshop, please contact Director of Information and Public Relations, Mr Daniel Chihombori on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Telephone number 0242 303 211 .



The Chairman of the University of Zimbabwe Council, Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Professor Charity Manyeruke and Dr Hodson Makurira as Executive Deans of the Faculties of Social Studies and Engineering respectively, while Dr Elijah Nyakudya has been appointed the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. The appointments are with effect from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022.


Professor Manyeruke was first appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies for a four year term ending 31 December 2018, while Dr Makurira’s first appointment to the Executive Deanship of the Faculty of Engineering took effect from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018. Dr Nyakudya, the new Dean of Agriculture succeeds Professor Charles Mutisi who served as Executive Dean of Agriculture for the past 16 years.


The appointments bring a wealth of experience in higher education administration and management to the University of Zimbabwe. The University of Zimbabwe Council, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Mapfumo and indeed the University of Zimbabwe community, wish Professor Manyeruke, Dr Makurira and Dr Nyakudya great success in their academic leadership roles.


Congratulations! Amhlophe! Makorokoto!

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