Vice Chancellor’s Welcome Note
Professor V N Muzvidziwa
The Midlands State University (MSU), a fast growing institution of higher learning in Zimbabwe, which is a real citadel for the socio-economic development of its communities, was established through an Act of Parliament No 4 of 1999. MSU opened its doors to students in 2000, with a student population of only 400. Through various modes of entry, such as conventional, parallel, block release and visiting school, MSU has grown from such humble beginnings to become an engaged, stakeholder-driven and expanding multi-campus institution with a population of 22 700 students of all backgrounds and ages.
In its zeal to increase access to higher education by those in the margins, MSU is now present in the 3 cities of Zimbabwe namely Gweru, Harare and Bulawayo as well as in the Great Dyke mining town of Zvishavane. To date, MSU has graduated 35 107 students who are touching lives through gainful engagement or entrepreneurship. The acceptance of graduates from the 9 faculties of MSU by international organizations and universities, either for work or further studies is a clear indicator of the high quality of our products. MSU has nine faculties namely Arts, Commerce, Education, Law, Medicine, Mining and Mineral Sciences Engineering, Natural Resources Management & Agriculture, Science and Technology, Social Sciences as well as a popular Graduate School of Business Leadership, which is accredited to the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) on the African continent.
In pursuit of national aspirations, MSU continuously demonstrates a pre-disposition to embrace and manage change to retain its market share, survive and contribute meaningfully to Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Most importantly, MSU strives to be unique, creative, adaptive, innovative and pace-setting with a view to maintaining a caring environment for all its internal and external stakeholders including students, staff, alumni, friends and the communities that it serves.
In its quest to pay special attention to both inside and outside the lecture room learning for its principal client, the student, MSU aims to produce well-rounded graduates that are much sought after in and outside Zimbabwe.
MSU is not an ivory tower institution but offers leadership through incubating affiliate colleges as well as nurturing associate ones. Additionally, MSU also benefits immensely from collaboration with sister institutions in Zimbabwe and in the region through staff development programmes and other academic initiatives.
As MSU expands and grows, we take infrastructure development, entrepreneurship, community engagement and post-graduate studies, research in its various forms and publications and citations very seriously to produce fence-cutting innovations that assist us to establish techno-parks, as well as generate both knowledge and third stream income for our business continuity and self reliance. To buttress our academic endeavor, MSU has developed very robust Information Communication Technologies for our students and staff, which have facilitated the compilation and usage of an admirable electronic resource collection. Our current bandwidth stands at 1 800 mbps across all our campuses.
At MSU, quality assurance and customer care across all levels of the institution take centre stage as we aim to be judged by our stakeholders and not by ourselves. As we tackle national development imperatives, we do not lose sight of the critical need to penetrate world ranking systems. For instance the January 2017 MSU webomatrics ranking stood at 147 on the African continent.
In line with national aspirations, our stemitised University Council, which provides strategic oversight, is fully awake of the importance of higher education as an engine for socio-economic development. In Zimbabwe, the popular acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which dovetails with the provisions of our motto,
Our Hands Our Minds Our Destiny!