SARUA’s aim is thus to strengthen the leadership and institutions of higher education in the southern African region
The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Like South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, Zimbabwe’s post-colonial experience was different from most countries in sub- Saharan Africa. Zimbabwe gained independence from its British colonial masters in 1980 after a long period of resistance. Post-independent Zimbabwe enjoyed a growing economy in the decade that followed, becoming one of the strongest economies on the continent. This was before the current political and economic crisis, which struck the country at the turn of the millennium. Zimbabwe has an estimated population of 12.8 million people, with a significant part of the population residing in Botswana, South Africa, the United Kingdom and several other countries due to socio-economic and political unrest (Makumbe 2009), natural crises (such as droughts) and poor social, macro-economic policies (including land reform policies and limited freedom of speech and democracy).