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Great Zimbabwe University At A Glance




Brief History of the University

Great Zimbabwe University, then known as Masvingo State University, was established through the recommendations of the Chetsanga Report of August 1995 which proposed the devolution of Teachers and Technical Colleges into degree awarding institutions that would eventually become universities in their own right. Consequently, the devolution of Masvingo Teachers’ College into a University started on 01 June, 1999 when one hundred and twenty (120) students were enrolled for the two-year in-service Bachelor of Education Primary degree under the Masvingo Degree Programme which was under the University of Zimbabwe. The programme started with six lecturers, three of whom were in Curriculum Studies while the other three were in Educational Foundations.

In the year 2000, the Masvingo Degree Programme saw its first output of one hundred and eighteen (118) students who had completed the two-year Bachelor of Education Primary degree. In the same year, the Masvingo Degree Programme changed its name to Masvingo University College but still under the University of Zimbabwe. On December 21 2002, Masvingo University College became Masvingo State University established by an Act of Parliament Chapter 25:24 Number 11/2002. In 2003, the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education discontinued the devolution status of Masvingo Teachers’ College, leaving Masvingo State University to operate independently of the Teachers’ College. In September 2004, the former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chancellor of State Universities, Cde R.G. Mugabe, highlighted the need for a state institution of higher learning named after the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. Thus, in July 2007, Masvingo State University was renamed Great Zimbabwe University following the passing of the Masvingo State University Amendment Act (2007) in Parliament.



Vision and Mission


Towards an exceptional Pan African university championing heritage based scholarship and modernisation/industrialisation.



To contribute towards industrialisation and modernisation of society through heritage-based teaching, research and innovation

Core Values

• Unhu/Ubuntu
• Excellence
• Integrity
• Results Focus
• Quality

University Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe,

Sustainer of  humanity, Source of life, strength and wisdom.  We praise and worship you, eternal and Almighty God.

We pray for this University that it may be development-oriented in pursuit of its vision and mandate.

We pray that you instill in us deep understanding, knowledge, courage and wisdom to effectively uphold the core values of our institution and that its graduands may be an inspiration to our nation and the international community through their technical competences and social values.

Grant us your grace, love, peace and assurance of the Holy Spirit that we may act according to your will, now and forever more


Vice Chancellor

Professor Rungano Jonas Zvobgo is the Great Zimbabwe University Vice Chancellor… Read more

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