The Chairman of the University of Zimbabwe Council, Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka, is pleased to announce the appointment by His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Cde ED Mnangagwa, of Professor Paul Mapfumo (pictured) as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe. The appointment is for a period of five (5) years effective 10 June 2019. A distinguished academic, administrator and researcher par excellence, Professor Mapfumo brings with him a wealth of strategic experience, evidence of strong vision and leadership, and a clear commitment to the University of Zimbabwe’s founding principles of excellence in teaching, research, innovation and strength of community in discovering and applying knowledge for public good, anchored by the highest academic and professional standards.
Professor Mapfumo was, until the new appointment, the University’s Acting Vice Chancellor, a position he served with distinction since 17 August 2018. He also served the University in other capacities, including, Lecturer and Professor of Soil Science, Senior Proctor, Chairman of the Research Board, Member of the University Farm Board of Management. Elsewhere, Professor Mapfumo has served, and continues to serve on several national and international Boards where he plays critical roles in strategic and policy advisory. For example, at national level, he is currently Chairperson of the National Manpower Advisory Council (NAMACO): 2018-date); Board Member, Zimbabwe Staff College Control Board (2018- date); Board Member, Zimbabwe National Army Schools WelfareTrust (2018-date); and Lead Expert, Zimbabwe National Geospatial Agency Application programme (2017-2018); and Delegate, Zimbabwe Climate Change Negotiation Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2014-2016; 2018).
At the international front, he serves or has served on the following Technical Committees: Member of the United Nations High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security (CFSHPLE) (2017-2019); Convener: United Nations International Report on Agroecology and Other Innovations for World Food Security (2018-2019 term); Member, Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2015; 2018), Founding Member of the African Group of Negotiators Expert Support championing Africa contributions to the UNFCCC negotiations on Agriculture and Gender; Member of the Advisory Group on African Soil Health and Principal Investigator and Team Leader for many multi-million dollar collaborative projects. He also served as Regional Coordinator and International Scientist for the Soil Fertility Consortium for Southern Africa (SOFECSA). His involvement at these high level national and international fora has provided him with significant exposure to building intimate working relations and engagement with diverse institutions and organizations including universities, governments parastatals and agencies, private companies, NGOs, civil society, and international research and development organizations in administrative and technical capacities.
His new portfolio as Vice Chancellor spans the development of strategy and policy, including roles in:
- Providing visionary and strategic leadership to the University, including maintaining and promoting research, innovation, and industrialisation as well as ensuring good governance in the conduct of University business.
- Formulation and implementation of 21st Century education and academic programmes in line with the University’s new Strategic Plan and in the context of the broader national industrialisation and modernisation agenda and Government of Zimbabwe’s Education 5.0.
- Leading the development activities of the University, including fundraising, and ensuring a high reputation and ranking of the University’s learning, research, innovation, consultancy and industrialisation programmes.
- Fostering strategic partnerships and harmonious working relationships between and among various University stakeholders, including Government, staff, students, development partners, industry and commerce; and
- Ensuring that the University has state-of-the art infrastructure for effective service delivery.
Professor Mapfumo embodies the very best qualities of the University of Zimbabwe. His approach has been central to keeping the University of Zimbabwe radical and relevant, and to positioning the institution positively for the future. On behalf of the University of Zimbabwe Council, Senate, the University community of staff and students and my own behalf, I wish to congratulate Professor Mapfumo on his substantive appointment and wish him well in his new position.
Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka
Chairman, University of Zimbabwe Council