Chinhoyi University of Technology

THIS UNIVERSITY is one of several that have come into being in the last two decades as a direct result of Zimbabwe’s deliberate policy of higher education expansion and devolution. The town of Chinhoyi is situated approximately 120 km along the main road to Lake Kariba and the Zambian border; and the Chinhoyi University of Technology has grown out of the Chinhoyi Technical Teachers’ College that was founded in 1991. The first-degree programmes were offered in 1999 under the control of the University of Zimbabwe. Soon afterwards, in 2001, the institution gained full university status.

Today, the university provides undergraduate courses in the fields of agriculture, engineering, and business sciences. Technical teacher education and creative art and design are offered through the university’s single institute, the Institute of Lifelong Learning. With nearly 3 000 students and an academic staff of 163, the university describes itself as ‘a small but highly selective institution’.

But there are serious problems in the current economic climate that relate to quality and, indeed, to sheer survival. For example, it has been reported 99 that the entire student body shares only three computers. In the same report, mention is made of ‘a massive (commercial) agricultural
project in conjunction with the Zimbabwean National Army’, that the university has been obliged to embark upon, using its own experimental farm.

In spite of these difficulties, the Chinhoyi University of Technology soldiers on. A Strategic Management postgraduate masters programme was introduced in 2005, and ‘continues to flourish’, a claim that warrants respect when the records show that 62 masters degrees were conferred in 2008, alongside the nearly 700 undergraduate degrees. In addition, a new school is being planned, the School of Hospitality and Tourism, which as part of its academic programme will run a hotel existing on the experimental farm as a commercial venture.

Facts and Figures at a Glance1

All of the students at Chinhoyi University of Technology are contact students (2,807) the majority of whom are full-time students (2,291). All students, except one, are Zimbabwean nationals, that student being from a non-SADC country.

Table 1: Chinhoyi University of Technology - Summary of Enrolment Numbers (Actual data, 2008)

   

Number of students enrolled per level of study

Major Field of Study

Total Number of Students (Headcount)

Under- graduate degree/ diploma Post-graduate degree/ diploma Masters Degree Doctoral Degree
Science, Engineering & Technology 941 941 0 0 0
Business, Management & Law 1,509 1,282 0 227 0
Humanities and Social Sciences 357 0 0 357 0
TOTALS 2,807 2,223 0 584 0

Source: Chinhoyi University of Technology questionnaire response

Table 2: Chinhoyi University of Technology: Academic and Research staff (Actual data, 2008)

Major Field Of Study

Total Number (headcount)

Science, Engineering & Technology 33
Business, Management & Law 64
Humanities and Social Sciences 38
Other (Institute of Lifelong Learning) 28
TOTALS 163

Source: Chinhoyi University of Technology questionnaire response

[1] All data presented in this section is headcount data.