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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

The Student Paperette Competition




The University of Zimbabwe’s Faculty of Engineering traditionally holds an engineering students competition known as “The Student Paperette Competition”.  The aim of the competition is to promote innovation and practical engineering solutions through Level 3 and final year students’ projects.  The competition draws contestants from all the departments in the Faculty of Engineering as well as the Faculty of Agriculture’s Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Zimbabwe.

You are cordially invited to this year’s Student Paperette Competition which will be held on Friday, 7 June 2019 in the HLT500 starting at 1400 hours.



1. Introduction

The University of Zimbabwe will be holding its Research Week 2019 as one of its keystrategic events towards promoting demand-driven research and advancement ofinnovation. The UZ Research Week 2019 is anchored by the National Vision 2030 andthe Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education and Science and Technology’s Education5.0 thrust which is to promote teaching, research, community service,


2. The Objective

The overall objective of the UZ Research Week is to provide a forum for communicatingand showcasing research conducted by UZ academics and researchers, including staffand students in collaboration with their diverse partners with a view to promoting uptakeof research outputs and to attract partnerships with industry.The specific objectives of the UZ Research Week are to:

i. Enable staff and students to share, learn and celebrate the quality and achievementsof research conducted across all Faculties and Institutes of the University of Zimbabwe;

ii. Bring together and allow UZ’s current and potential collaborating partners ingovernment, private sector, regional and international development, and civic societyto showcase their scope of work and identify areas for partnership;

iii. Allow the general Zimbabwean public to interact with the UZ’s research processesand outputs and identify projects that have a potential to positively impact on theirlivelihoods and endeavours;

iv. Open opportunities for research collaboration and funding; and

v. Motivate academics and researchers by recognising their research efforts, innovationsand output through research awards.


3. Date and Venue for UZ Research Week

29 July to 3 August 2019 at the University of Zimbabwe Main Campus


4. Main Categories for the 2019 Call

This is the main call for participation by students and staff as well as industry and fundingpartners promoting collaborative research with the University of Zimbabwe. Researcherscan participate in one or more of:

i. Oral Presentations

ii. Poster Presentations

iii. Exhibitions

iv. There will be a session for High Level Dialogue with guest experts and panelists ontopical issues of national concern


5. Theme and Sub-themes for Research Week 2019

Main Theme:

University of Zimbabwe championing demand-driven research and innovation forindustrial and societal solutions: Rallying towards Vision 2030 through Education5.0


1. Innovations that deliver advancement of technologies

2. Models and processes for developing industry

3. Knowledge and evidence in critical or priority areas of development

4. Models for heritage-based products and services derived from indigenous knowledgesystems

5. Productivity and competitiveness yielding IPs for use in the industry value chain(new products/ new tools/new methods/new approaches e.g. Reverse engineering;solar battery prototype)

6. Managing our carbon footprint for a resilient economy (new formulations of animalfeed; fertilizers, chemicals, reagents, bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers)

7. Low cost, efficient and sustainable systems and technologies (e.g. biotechnology,nanotechnology, ICT, geospatial technologies, renewable energy, Mineralbeneficiation,

8. Resilient and sustainable food systems

9. Social Protection


6. Who Should Present Paper/and/or Exhibit at the UZ Research Week 2019?

a) UZ senior researchers, emerging researchers, postgraduate and undergraduatestudents.

b) UZ existing and potential partners: from public and private sector, civic society andinternational organizations

    • Partners must showcase products/ work/goods and services that reflect UZ’scontribution.

    • Research outputs can include new/emerging and/or previously significant/outstanding research which still has impact in today’s world.


7. Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts and Full Papers

a. Applicants should first submit an Abstract (300 words max.). Papers for whichabstracts are submitted should include new/emerging or previously significant/outstanding research which is still of significant relevance/impact.

b. Submission should include full names, the title of presenter and address includingemail and mobile contact of corresponding author, and department.

c. The name of the presenter must be highlighted.

d. Oral or poster presentations are acceptable: Applicants should indicate preferencefor mode of delivery as well as thematic area.

e. Authors should indicate whether the work has been published or not. (This is only forpurposes of documentation and will not influence selection ).

f. Submissions by young and emerging researchers are highly encouraged.Important deadlines for submission of papers

    • Deadline for submission: 14 June 2019, no late submissions will be entertained.

    • Notification of acceptance: 21 June 2019

    • Deadline for submission of full papers: 19 July 2019. Maximum paper length is 6,000 words including tables, figures and references.


8. Publication of Papers

All eligible papers will be published in special issues of relevant refereed journals andProceedings of the UZ Research Week 2019 by University of Zimbabwe Publications


9. Guidelines for Exhibitions

a.The submission should comprise the following:

i. Title of exhibit;

ii. Full names and academic titles of exhibitors, addresses including departments;email and mobile contact of the main exhibitor;

iii. Overview of the main project (200 words max);

iv. Brief description and design of the exhibit (100 words). Projects can includenew/emerging or previously outstanding innovations which still have impact;

v. Pictorial design of exhibit (1 A4 page);

b. State thematic area.Important deadlines for submission of exhibits

• Deadline for submission: 14 June 2019, no late submissions will be entertained.

• Notification of acceptance: 21 June 2019

• Deadline for development of the exhibit: 10 July 2019

• Pre-exhibition tour by Research Week Committee: 18-19 July 2019


10. Research Awards Categories

A total of sixteen Research Awards will be given out. A 4-tier research class will berecognised, providing for undergraduate students, postgraduates, emerging researchersand senior researchers. Under each research class, four Research Award categories willbe recognised as presented below.


Research Classes and Award Categories for theUZ Research Week 2019

Undergraduates/Postgraduates/Emerging Researchers/ Senior Researchers

1. Innovation (new ways of doing things/breaking new ground)

2. Best display/exhibit

3. Research

4. Relevance (potential for impact and causing industrialisation or entrepreneurship)


11. Contact Details for Making Submissions

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