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Midlands State University To grow the University to 10 Faculties with 35000 students by 2023. To date the University offers degree programmes in nine faculties.
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Strategic Goal

To establish a fully semesterised University with 10 faculties, 18 000 students, 900 teaching and 400 support staff, with the requisite services and infrastructure by the year 2018. Operational System

The University is administered through the committee system embedded in the statutory instruments that currently govern the operation of the University. This is a system likely to gi

ve the university extra mileage in terms of output of resolutions and recommendations. This democratic dispensation has been reinforced through the involvement of all stakeholders, including the university students. Academic programmes

The ultimate goal of MSU is to establish a University with ten faculties by 2018. These are Arts and Humanities, Business Sciences, Education, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering and Geosciences, Natural Resources Management and Agriculture, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The degree programmes on offer have been strengthened through flexible packaging of modules. Flexible packaging allows students studying for a particular degree to make themselves more marketable by including in this package of studies modules "shopped" from other programmes. This is a new method of teaching and learning in Universities which is meant to satisfy the specific requirements of the students and their chosen professions. The packaging of modules dissolves the regimentalisation of the older educational curricular, hence students become out flexible and well equipped for the special needs and diversity of the actual world of work. The main purpose of flexible packaging is to enable students to overcome professional rigidity so that they can respond positively to new situations, possibilities and challenges of industry, especially within the rapid changes dictated by new technologies and economic environments. Fully Semesterised University

Midlands State University is a fully semesterised and modularised University. Enrolment takes place twice a year, in March and in August. Modules offered at any level in a semester are available at the same level during the next semester. This arrangement gives an opportunity to those students who, at the end of a semester are required to 'carry' or 'repeat' failed modules to do so in the next semester. Students enrolled at MSU study for four-year or five-year degree programmes spending their Third Level on Work Related Learning in industry and other relevant work places. The University stresses entrepreneurial skills so that graduates can either be formally or self employed. Work Related Learning is a contemporary approach to teaching and learning which requires a student to spend some time during the course of study on "hands on" practical experience in the relevant field. Modes of Study at MSU

Full time undergraduate applicants are enrolled at the university either as conventional or parallel students. These applicants are normally admitted on the basis of their Advanced level passes. The period of study for this category of students is four to five years. Visiting School

The Visiting School mode of study enrols students on the minimum academic qualification of "O" level subjects plus a relevant certificate or diploma qualification. The applicants for this programme should normally be in full time employment. Visiting School students attend classes for a week per month. They complete their studies in three years. The University introduced this programme to enable applicants who are in employment to improve themselves professionally and to obtain degrees while they are on their jobs.

Standing Tall on the Shoulders of GreatnessAs Midlands State University celebrates its silver anniversary, we reflect on...
17/04/2024

Standing Tall on the Shoulders of Greatness

As Midlands State University celebrates its silver anniversary, we reflect on the African proverb: "If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors." For 25 pioneering years, MSU has walked hand-in-hand with the dreamers who made this trailblazing institution what it is today.

It’s been an astonishing journey since the inception of MSU in April 1999, kicking off with just four pioneering faculties and the government of Zimbabwe’s vision to expand access to quality higher education.

With unwavering support, MSU’s inaugural class of '2000 opened the door for future leaders to storm through. Though starting small with just five faculties, their torch lit the way for explosive growth.

Now in 2024, MSU towers above the educational landscape - not just in the Midlands, but across Zimbabwe and beyond! Over a quarter century, MSU added six more faculties and thousands of talented future-shapers. Today, 10 powerhouse faculties attract over 27, 000 bright minds annually, fueled by the sacrifices of loyal parents and alumni everywhere.

As MSU evolves into a learning & teaching, research, innovation and industrialisation juggernaut, it does so standing on the strong foundations laid by the dreamers before. Now focusing on equipping Zimbabwe’s human capital to compete globally, MSU is primed to power new industries and shape the cutting edge.

As MSU reflects on an incredible first quarter century, it’s clear the accomplishments would not have been possible without the unwavering support of loyal partners. From the government’s initial vision to parents’ sacrifices and the ongoing generosity of worldwide, their contributions are deeply appreciated.

In the exciting years ahead, new partnerships will emerge to take MSU’s impact to greater heights. And as the world changes at rapid pace, this vibrant institution will evolve faster still to remain a leader for the future. MSU will continue thriving through the support of all its stakeholders - the ancestors who lift it taller with each accomplishment.

On this shining silver anniversary, we pay tribute to the heroes of MSU’s past and look ahead with optimism. The best is yet to come as we stand on the shoulders of greatness! Together, our shared future will sparkle brighter still.




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Graduate Success Stories Inspire Aspiring Professionals at MSU’s Career Pathways Networking EventWith the aim of equippi...
17/04/2024

Graduate Success Stories Inspire Aspiring Professionals at MSU’s Career Pathways Networking Event

With the aim of equipping students with valuable career guidance, fostering connections between alumni and current students, Midlands State University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Telecommunications, in collaboration with the International and Alumni Relations Office, held a Career Pathways Alumni Network – Professional Mentorship Initiative on 17th of April 2024 at Gweru Main Campus.

The event brought together accomplished alumni and students to explore the intricacies of professional networking, discover diverse career paths and gain insights into industry trends in the field of physics.

The occasion commenced with welcome remarks by the Deputy Dean-Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr. M. Shumba, on behalf of Dr. A. Nechibvute, the Executive Dean.

Dr. Shumba stressed the significance of alumni-student networks in shaping the future of aspiring professionals.

“We believe that this mentorship program will provide our students with invaluable guidance and support as they navigate their career paths,” Dr. Shumba remarked.

Delivering his online presentation, Eng. A. Makuyana, an MSU alumnus and currently a Maintenance Supervisor at the San Remo Macaroni Company, Adelaide, South Australia, highlighted the importance of professional networking.

“Networking is not just about collecting contacts; it is about building meaningful relationships based on trust and mutual support,” iterated Eng. Makuyana.

During his presentation, Eng. J. W. Dalo, Managing Director, RMC Technology Systems (Pvt.) Limited and an MSU Physics alumnus, shared valuable insights on interview tips and professional development.

Eng. Dalo emphasised the importance of preparing for interviews and highlighted several key strategies to help students excel in the competitive job market.

“By demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the company, you not only show your genuine interest but also position yourself as a strong candidate,” said Eng. Dalo.

Following each speaker’s presentation, an interactive question and answer session took place, allowing the students to engage with the speakers and gain further insights into their respective fields of expertise.

The students left the event inspired and equipped with a deeper understanding of the diverse career opportunities that lie ahead.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Mr. T. Dube, a Lecturer in the Department of Applied Physics and Telecommunications, thanked the organisers of the event, acknowledged the speakers for their informative presentations and students for their active participation.

The initiative laid the foundation for future collaborations between students and alumni.





Midlands State University International and Alumni Relations

    Midlands State University International and Alumni Relations
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Midlands State University International and Alumni Relations

Certificate in Food Preparation and Catering Competencies: A Step towards a Healthier CommunityGweru, Graduate School of...
15/04/2024

Certificate in Food Preparation and Catering Competencies: A Step towards a Healthier Community

Gweru, Graduate School of Business Leadership – Cooks for the Certificate in Food Preparation and Catering Competencies, short course offered by Midlands State University’s Faculty of Education, Department of Science, Technology and Design Education, received certificates of completion on the 12th of April 2024.

Delivering her remarks on the sidelines of the event, the Acting Dean – Faculty of Education, Dr. A. Moyo underscored the University’s commitment in achieving social health for a knowledge-driven economy.

‘‘As an institution of higher learning we have been called to contribute in the attainment of national goals which are a paradigm that align education with sustainability, human centeredness, innovation and collaboration,” said Dr. Moyo.

The Acting Dean further noted that the short course is aimed at equipping communities with health-conscious experts in the food industry.

The certificate issuing ceremony was a joyous celebration, filled with lively ululations and dancing merriments, all set to the uplifting tunes of Roman Catholic soul-stirring songs, making it the highlight of the event.

Speaking on behalf of the Executive Dean, Dr. Mashingaidze congratulated the graduates for their achievement and encouraged them to continue with the same spirit of lifelong learning.

The graduation ceremony was a momentous occasion, celebrated with great enthusiasm and pride, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of the cooks, equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in the food industry and contribute to a healthier community.


Collaborative Efforts to Address Mental Health and Drug Abuse Issues Aimed at training peer educators and Students Repre...
15/04/2024

Collaborative Efforts to Address Mental Health and Drug Abuse Issues

Aimed at training peer educators and Students Representative Council (SRC) members on the critical issues of mental health, drug abuse and disability inclusion, Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development (MoHTEISTD) in partnership with Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) held a workshop on April 9, 2024 at Midlands State University Main Campus.

The workshop was also attended by students and lecturers from Mkoba Teachers College, Gweru Polytechnic College and Kwekwe Polytechnic College.

Delivering her welcome remarks, Executive Dean - Students Affairs Division, Ms. F. Chakauya underscored the significance of addressing mental health, drug abuse and disability inclusion in educational institutions.

“We believe that by equipping our peer educators and SRC members with knowledge and skills in these areas, we can create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for all our students,” remarked Ms. Chakauya.

Outlining objectives of the workshop, MoHTEISTD representative, Mrs. E. M. Chiwandika highlighted the importance of raising awareness about mental health issues, combating drug abuse and promoting disability inclusion.

“Our aim is to encourage peer educators and SRC members to actively promote mental health awareness, prevent drug abuse and advocate for disability inclusion within their respective institutions,” said Mrs. Chiwandika.

Presenting on the contribution of drug abuse to mental health issues, Dr. R. Nyamukapa-Lecturer at MSU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, shed light on the interconnectedness of these problems and stressed the need for early intervention and prevention strategies.

Additionally, Dr. Nyamukapa discussed the minimum standards for disability inclusion, urging participants to prioritise accessibility and equal opportunities for students with disabilities.

SRC President for Mkoba Teachers College, Proud Gumbo, shared insightful remarks on the role of peer educators and SRCs in addressing drug abuse and mental health challenges within learning institutions.

Following the presentations, participants divided into two groups to engage in discussions on the challenges faced by learning institutions regarding mental health, drug abuse, access to Sexual Reproductive Health, and disability inclusion.

The group discussions fostered a dynamic exchange of ideas, experiences and possible solutions, creating a collaborative atmosphere.

In her closing remarks, ECOZI representative, Ms. Wadzanayi Chitiga thanked all participants for their active engagement throughout the workshop.

The workshop concluded with a clear way forward and recommendations for future actions.

The event marked a significant step in creating inclusive and supportive learning environments within Zimbabwean educational institutions.


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Dear students 1. Don’t panic, just do your best.2. You are a covenant of success.3. Always remember that you can't be le...
08/04/2024

Dear students

1. Don’t panic, just do your best.
2. You are a covenant of success.
3. Always remember that you can't be less.
4. Excellent results await you!!!

The University of First Choice for All, wishes you the best in your examinations.



Universities Key to Development Says Professor Murwira at MSU LectureGweru, Main Campus- On the 5th of April 2024, Minis...
06/04/2024

Universities Key to Development Says Professor Murwira at MSU Lecture

Gweru, Main Campus- On the 5th of April 2024, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor dr. Amon Murwira delivered a public lecture at Midlands State University.

Aimed to clarify the role of higher learning institutions in driving industrialisation through the implementation of heritage-based Education 5.0 and themed, “Catalysing Industrialisation through Heritage-based Education 5.0,” the event was attended by vice chancellors, college principals, government officials, industry leaders, traditional leaders, lecturers and students.

In his welcome remarks, MSU Vice Chancellor Professor Victor Muzvidziwa indicated the purpose was to showcase universities’ pivotal role in national development through heritage-based Education 5.0.

“The essence of this public lecture is to clarify the role of universities in driving our nation’s industrialisation and modernisation through the heritage-based Education 5.0,” indicated Professor Muzvidziwa.

Whilst inviting the Minister, Permanent Secretary - Professor Fanuel Tagwira described Professor Murwira as a champion of heritage-based Education 5.0.

Professor Tagwira explained that Education 5.0 transforms universities from producing job seekers to graduates who create jobs through the production of goods and services.

“The Minister has championed the production of goods and services where our universities are now producing cooking oil, fruit juices, marula wine and many other things,” Professor Fanuel Tagwira indicated.

During the lecture, Professor Murwira underscored the importance of leveraging national knowledge and skills to meet basic needs.

“Our capabilities to use our heritage translates to our level of development,” remarked Professor dr. Murwira.

He further highlighted that heritage-based Education 5.0 is not only biased towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields but it cuts across all disciplines.

Since its commencement in 2019, the heritage-based Education 5.0 philosophy, has revitalized higher learning institutions as catalysts for socio-economic development in a knowledge-driven economy.

Following the address, a question-and-answer segment allowed participants to question Professor Murwira.

Students suggested a module teaching newly admitted students heritage-based Education 5.0 basics.

After the public lecture, Professor Murwira officiated the opening of MSU’s OD retail shop in Gweru CBD.

Heritage-based Education 5.0 has shifted mindsets towards production of goods and services for national dignity.


MSU Launches New Retail Outlet to Drive Innovation05 April 2024, Gweru CBD – The Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education...
06/04/2024

MSU Launches New Retail Outlet to Drive Innovation

05 April 2024, Gweru CBD – The Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology, Professor dr. Amon Murwira officially opened Midlands State University’s retail shop OD.

OD will serve as a storefront to sell some of the products created by MSU and other universities as part of the Education 5.0 innovation drive.

The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and plaque unveiling for the new outlet.

Accompanied by delegates, Professor dr. Amon Murwira toured the store selections at OD.

Inviting the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science & Technology Development, to the podium after the tour, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Professor Fanuel Tagwira described the Minister as a champion for innovation and a pragmatist.

The Permanent Secretary took the opportunity to applaud the University in heeding the Minister’s call to contribute to the industrialisation of the nation through the provision of goods and services.

Speaking during the official opening, Professor dr. Amon Murwira missed no word in underscoring that the ministry has a vision drawn from the overarching vision of the Government of Zimbabwe to give dignity to all the citizens of the country.

“A country is developed and defended through knowledge and skill.

“Every faculty must result in a technological and industrial infrastructure.

“This infrastructure that we are looking at is directly linked – in terms of its work, to the Faculty of Business Sciences, which is the retail, but behind it, is a lot of engineering and chemistry and all these people who are making the products,” underscored Professor dr. Murwira.

The Minister also applauded the Midlands State University - Vice Chancellor, Professor Victor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa for showing the essence of teamwork.

“I am very happy that we have animal feed products from the Chinhoyi University of Technology, the University of Zimbabwe and traditional grains straight from our factory at the Great Zimbabwe University,” Professor Murwira applauded.

The Chairperson of the Midlands State University Council, Mrs. Mabel Mwamuka thanked the Minister for his contribution to the socioeconomic development of the nation.

Accompanied by the Vice Chancellor, the Chairperson of University Council, presented gifts to the Minister and Permanent Secretary.

An electrifying performance by students from the stellar Media, Communication, Film and Theatre Arts department brought the house down with their talent and passion on full display, they showed just how the government is addressing the drug abuse scourge in the country by promoting innovation and hardwork among the youth.

The performers had the full attention of the enthralled audience, proof that the arts are a powerful way to spread important messages and foster a brighter future.

Determined to provide an unforgettable experience, the masterful Music Business and Technology department closed the momentous event with an immersive performance that had the entire audience hanging on every note in rapt attention, leaving all present fully sated in spirit but doubly longing for more of the rich sonic feast that was on offer from such stellar talents.

The event closed with a tour of part of the projects at the University’s Innovation Hub.




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MSU Great Debaters Club Emerges Victorious at Easter Debate Tournament  -Today we turn our admiration to MSU Great Debat...
03/04/2024

MSU Great Debaters Club Emerges Victorious at Easter Debate Tournament

-Today we turn our admiration to MSU Great
Debaters Club who showcased exceptional debating skills at the Easter Debate Open Tournament held at Founders High School, Bulawayo from the 29th to 30th of March, 2024.

The tournament, which hosted participants from high schools, colleges and universities across the country proved to be fiercely competitive.

Representing MSU, four teams from the Great Debaters Club participated in the tournament.

The teams consisted of Harniel Nyawuta, a level 4.1 Economics student, who partnered with Nontokozo Zulu, a level 2.2 Logistics and Supply Chain Management student.

Another team comprised of Augustine Mudzudza, a level 1.1 Law student and Tinashe Muteera, a level 4.1 Economics student.

Stacy Hombiro, a level 2.1 Psychology student, partnered with Banqobi Lionel Xaba, a level 1.1 Law student.

The final team included Archford Mawarire, a level 1.2 Sociology and Social Policy student, and Dawn Katsande, a level 1.1 Law student.

Clinton Zaro, a level 1.2 Psychology student, participated in the tournament as a judge and achieved the commendable feat as the 6th best overall judge.

Jesse Mhlanga, a level 2.1 Psychology student, played a pivotal role as the host of the Royal Pact Debate Academy (RPDA), ensuring the smooth ex*****on of the event.

The MSU Great Debaters Club demonstrated their prowess throughout the tournament, with all their teams advancing to the semi-finals and it was in the finals that the club’s unrivalled dominance was truly shone.

Augustine Mudzudza and Tinashe Muteera’s team claimed the second runner-up position, displaying their eloquence and analytical abilities.

The apex of success was achieved by Harniel Nyawuta and Nontokozo Zulu, who emerged victorious in the debate competition.

Harniel’s exceptional oratory skills and well thought arguments earned him the coveted title of the best overall speaker, securing the 1st position.

Tinashe Muteera’s eloquence and coherent delivery awarded him the 3rd position, while Nontokozo Zulu’s insightful contributions placed her in the 5th position.

Augustine Mudzudza’s performance garnered him the 6th position among the top 10 best overall speakers.

In light of their outstanding achievements, the MSU Great Debaters Club demonstrated their commitment to excellence in the art of debate.

The MSU Great Debaters Club continues to be an inspiration to aspiring debaters, setting new benchmarks for excellence in debating circles.

Their victory serves as a reminder of the massive talent and potential that is nurtured at the University of First Choice for All.



30/03/2024

🎉🌍 Congratulations Midlands State University! 🌟

We're thrilled to announce that MSU emerged as one of the Sub-Saharan Africa champions in the CFA Research Challenge! 🏆 Representing the Investment Professionals Association of Zimbabwe, they've set a remarkable standard of excellence.

Good luck in the Regional Semifinals on April 2!

Go Team MSU Midlands State University ! 💪🌟
James Chitupa

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MSU Seminar Encourages Cultural Heritage Commercialisation Gweru, MSU Main Campus - Exposing students, archaeologists, a...
28/03/2024

MSU Seminar Encourages Cultural Heritage Commercialisation

Gweru, MSU Main Campus - Exposing students, archaeologists, and lecturers to entrepreneurial opportunities in cultural heritage, Midlands State University’s department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies conducted a one-day seminar on the 27th of March 2024.

Themed, “Cultural Entrepreneurship and the Consumption of Traditions,” the seminar was attended by National Archives of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Military Museum, students, and lecturers from the department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies and Development Planning & Management.

While delivering his welcome remarks, department of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Chairperson, Dr. S. S. Chitima highlighted that the seminar series was a forum for experts, scholars and students to meet and exchange knowledge on how to shift from simply preserving cultural heritage towards commercialisation.

“The utilisation and packaging of cultural treasures for commercial purposes has the potential to greatly stimulate economic revitalisation,” said Dr. Chitima.

In his presentation on royal tourism, Great Zimbabwe University Lecturer in the department of Heritage, Historical and Sustainable Development, Dr. T. P. Thondhlana revealed that Africa is endowed with rich cultural legacy that can be exploited for economic diversification.

“Cultural heritage in the form of festivals, music performances, dance, food-ways and cuisine can be revived or invented to attract tourists,” Dr. Thondhlana stated.

Drawing examples from African countries such as Uganda, South Africa, Eswatini and Zambia that have successfully commercialised their cultural heritage, Dr. T. P. Thondhlana indicated that Zimbabwe has untapped cultural heritage potential that can transform lives.

The event afforded participants a question-and-answer session for clarification and knowledge exchange.

This seminar series is a testament of the University’s dedication to actualising Education 5.0 through nurturing students capable of tapping into the country’s rich cultural heritage for economic growth.

Quality Assurance Experts Convene at MSU for National Multiplication Trainings WorkshopGweru, Main Campus – Focused on e...
26/03/2024

Quality Assurance Experts Convene at MSU for National Multiplication Trainings Workshop

Gweru, Main Campus – Focused on equipping universities with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement quality while navigating the changing higher education landscape of Zimbabwe, Midlands State University’s Quality Assurance and Professional Development (QAPD) unit is currently hosting a National Multiplication Trainings (NMT) workshop set to run from the 25th to the 27th of March 2024.

Sponsored by the Germany Academic Exchange Program and attended by professionals from various universities; the workshop has lined up quality assurance experts from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ghana as trainers.

In his welcome remarks, MSU Vice Chancellor, Professor Victor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa highlighted that quality assurance is a key component of the education and training process.

“We are all aware that quality assurance improves the quality of academic programmes, enhances the reputation of our institutions and increases client satisfaction,” remarked Professor Muzvidziwa.

He further said that quality assurance takes various forms that include programme evaluation, assessment of students, continuous professional development for faculty and other staff within institutions.

Unpacking the theme - “Enhancing quality assurance skills of departmental chairpersons,” the Executive Director – QAPD, Professor Alois Solomon Chiromo noted that the workshop was aimed at enhancing the skillset of quality assurance professionals in Zimbabwe’s institutions of higher learning.

Professor Chiromo made a clarion call for a shift towards continuous improvement and evidence-based quality assurance.

Delivering the keynote address, Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education, CEO, Professor Kuzvinetsa Peter Dzvimbo highlighted the need to continually engage in a process of restrategising, reinventing and reconstructing the education system.

‘‘We vow to continue to evaluate our degree programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to ensure that the quality of these degree programmes that we offer will continue to be very high and will continue to be the envy of the region and continent,’’ said Professor Dzvimbo.

Professor Dzvimbo castigated mushrooming institutions churning out honourary degrees without approval from ZIMCHE.

The event also involved knowledge exchange-focused group discussions led by the training committee.

By providing a forum for the exchange of best practices and the sharing of knowledge, the University demonstrated its dedication to continuous improvement and evidence-based quality assurance.


  MSU Medical Student -Ruvarashe Gwaku appointed as FAMSA Vice Regional Coordinator for External AffairsToday we celebra...
26/03/2024

MSU Medical Student -Ruvarashe Gwaku appointed as FAMSA Vice Regional Coordinator for External Affairs

Today we celebrate Ruvarashe Gwaku, a level 2.1 Medical student who was recently appointed as the Federation of African Medical Students’ Association (FAMSA) Vice Regional Coordinator for External Affairs.

FAMSA is an independent, non-political federation of medical students’ associations in Africa.

In her new role, Ruvarashe will focus on fostering collaborations, establishing professional networks with medical students across the African region.

Ruvarashe is currently serving as the National Preclinical Representative for the Zimbabwe Medical Students Association (ZiMSA).

The wishes you a tenure full of meaningful interactions that will have a positive impact on medical education in the region.



MSU Enactus Team Shines at Biz Innovator Start-up ProgramToday, we draw motivation from the Midlands State University En...
25/03/2024

MSU Enactus Team Shines at Biz Innovator Start-up Program

Today, we draw motivation from the Midlands State University Enactus Team who made their mark at Biz Innovator Start-up program which was held at Gweru Memorial Library from the 19th to the 22nd of March 2024.

Sponsored by the American Embassy and facilitated by Hozi Innovators, the program aimed to nurture and empower young entrepreneurs with skills.

The program provided participants with comprehensive knowledge and practical insights into various aspects of entrepreneurship, market research, business planning, marketing strategies, financial management and pitching techniques.

Thirty budding entrepreneurs from Gweru and Bulawayo gathered to participate at this transformative event.

MSU team comprised of Garfield Macebo, a level 2.2 Sociology and Social Policy student, Wayne Musingwini, a level 2.2 Geography and Environmental Sustainability student, and Clyde Kudzanai Gapa, a level 4.2 Political Science and Public Management student.

With their unwavering determination and meticulously crafted business plans, the team demonstrated entrepreneurial acumen and dedication.

Their start-up idea, which aimed to reduce post-harvest losses by adding value to perishable fruits and promoting healthy diets, resonated with the audience and judges alike.

After an intense round of presentations and rigorous evaluations, the MSU Enactus Team emerged third-place in the pitch competition.

In addition to the prize money, the team were presented with certificates of attendance, acknowledging their active participation and commitment throughout the Biz Innovator program.

The success of the MSU Enactus Team serves as a testament to the immense talent and potential that exists within the University of First Choice for All.





Today the 22nd of March 2024, the world celebrates World Water Day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the w...
22/03/2024

Today the 22nd of March 2024, the world celebrates World Water Day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the water and sanitation crisis.

The University of First Choice for All, offers degree programmes that educate students on the sustainable use, conservation and management of water resources.

MSU has a Land and Water Resources Management Department that is involved in projects that help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to be effective in the field of water management and conservation.

These projects include an irrigation project at Holy Cross, phytoremediation of mining dump sites in the Shurugwi - Zvishavane area, a study on the ecological effects of increased abstraction from Pungwe river transboundary waters and development of aquaponics and biofertilisers in partnership with Welthungerhilfe.

As part of its community engagement activities, the department is involved in the defluorination of rural water sources to ensure that rural communities receive clean and uncontaminated water.

Water is the source by which Africa’s development can be driven as stipulated in African Union Agenda 2063 and the department is equipping students on conservation farming techniques such as rainwater harvesting to enhance food security.

Apply online today via our website www.msu.ac.zw and harvest future-ready water management skills.



MSU Equips Student Club Leaders to Drive Strategic ImpactGweru Main Campus - In a bid to equip student club leaders with...
22/03/2024

MSU Equips Student Club Leaders to Drive Strategic Impact

Gweru Main Campus - In a bid to equip student club leaders with essential skills in planning, implementing and evaluating programs to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, the Student Development Office under the Students Affairs Division held a seminar on 21 March 2024.

Titled, ‘Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning,’ (MEAL) the seminar commenced with a presentation from the Student Development Officer, Mr. W. Illunga who highlighted the significance of monitoring and evaluating the progress of student clubs.

“Monitoring and evaluation provides us with the necessary feedback to make informed decisions and adjust our strategies accordingly,” remarked Mr. Illunga.

He further stressed the importance of setting up robust systems to ensure success and the inherent power of planning for tangible results.

“Without a clear plan and the means to track and measure our efforts, we risk losing sight of our objectives,” he elaborated.

Delivering his presentation, Student Development Assistant, Mr. M. Mwanza emphasised the potential for greater impact in raising the University’s brand when student club leaders work together.

“When we pool our talents, resources and ideas, we create a powerful change.

“By collaborating, we can amplify our impact and elevate the University’s reputation both nationally and internationally,” said Mr. Mwanza.

Throughout the seminar, participants actively engaged in interactive sessions that provided practical insights and tools for effective planning, implementation, and evaluation of their clubs’ activities.

The seminar fostered an environment of knowledge exchange through peer learning, allowing student leaders to network and build valuable connections with their colleagues from different clubs and associations.

The students left the seminar equipped with newfound knowledge poised to enhance efficiency and drive positive change within the University community.

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Strategic Goal

To grow the University to 10 Faculties with 35 000 students by 2023; which growth would be supported by appropriate teaching, learning and research facilities. Operational System The University is administered through the committee system embedded in the statutory instruments that currently govern the operation of the University. This is a system likely to give the university extra mileage in terms of output of resolutions and recommendations. This democratic dispensation has been reinforced through the involvement of all stakeholders, including the university students. Academic programmes The ultimate goal of MSU is to establish a University with ten faculties by 2018. To date the University offers degree programmes in nine faculties. These are Arts, Commerce, Education, Law,Medicine, Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering, Natural Resources Management and Agriculture, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The degree programmes on offer have been strengthened through flexible packaging of modules. Flexible packaging allows students studying for a particular degree to make themselves more marketable by including in this package of studies modules "shopped" from other programmes. This is a new method of teaching and learning in Universities which is meant to satisfy the specific requirements of the students and their chosen professions. The packaging of modules dissolves the regimentalisation of the older educational curricular, hence students become out flexible and well equipped for the special needs and diversity of the actual world of work. The main purpose of flexible packaging is to enable students to overcome professional rigidity so that they can respond positively to new situations, possibilities and challenges of industry, especially within the rapid changes dictated by new technologies and economic environments. Fully Semesterised University Midlands State University is a fully semesterised and modularised University. Enrolment takes place twice a year, in March and in August. Modules offered at any level in a semester are available at the same level during the next semester. This arrangement gives an opportunity to those students who, at the end of a semester are required to 'carry' or 'repeat' failed modules to do so in the next semester. Students enrolled at MSU study for four-year or five-year degree programmes spending their Third Level on Work Related Learning in industry and other relevant work places. The University stresses entrepreneurial skills so that graduates can either be formally or self employed. Work Related Learning is a contemporary approach to teaching and learning which requires a student to spend some time during the course of study on "hands on" practical experience in the relevant field. Modes of Study at MSU Full time undergraduate applicants are enrolled at the university either as conventional or parallel students. These applicants are normally admitted on the basis of their Advanced level passes. The period of study for this category of students is four to five years. Visiting School The Visiting School mode of study enrols students on the minimum academic qualification of "O" level subjects plus a relevant certificate or diploma qualification. The applicants for this programme should normally be in full time employment. Visiting School students attend classes for a week per month. They complete their studies in three years. The University introduced this programme to enable applicants who are in employment to improve themselves professionally and to obtain degrees while they are on their jobs.