Midlands State University

Midlands State University


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Is online application functional? I did an online application but I haven't see any response?
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To grow the University to 10 Faculties with 35000 students by 2023; which growth would be supported by appropriate teaching, learning & research facilities

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

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The planned countrywide outreach for our May 2022 onsite admission has been postponed until further notice. New dates will be communicated in due course through our official platforms. Any inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.





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MSU Vice-Chancellor visits Zvishavane campus
Midlands State University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa visited the University's Zvishavane Campus on the 6th of April 2022 on a working visit to ensure that the academic staff understands the Education 5.0 philosophy to enable them to contribute effectively to the development of the university.

The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by the Registrar Mr Tinashe Zishiri and Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor Professor Hazel T Ngoshi.

After meeting with staff members, the Vice-Chancellor took time to visit the ongoing construction projects such as the Clinic, the Campus Radio Studios, the Media Department Laboratory and the Coal Tar project.


MSU Innovation Hub goes International

It is a new chapter for the Midlands State University’s Innovation Hub as it goes beyond national boundaries to become the first Zimbabwean university research unit to be accepted to participate in the annual “Teknofest” competition on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to be held in Samsun, Turkey in September 2022.

Following its acceptance into the competition, the MSU Innovation Hub team dubbed, “Team One Engineers” will make its maiden appearance at this global and prestigious event.

An infusion of seven students from the departments of Telecommunications Engineering, Information Systems, Materials Engineering, Aircraft Engineering and Physics and Instrumentation will make up the team.

Each of the students plays a specific role; wherein Morelife Zibayiwa will be responsible for Aircraft Communications, Aircraft Board Design will be handled by Talent Chigwagwa, while Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design will be the responsibility of Prince Sanya.

Courage Manzwei, Anthony Khumalo, Philip Kwendesa and Blessed Zinaka will handle UAV Programming, Aerodynamic Development, PCB Development and UAV Programming, respectively.

Team One Engineers, is headed by Mr Harry Mafukidze from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Instrumentation.

The team uses the Innovation Hub facilities for design work, research, prototype development and technology transfer.

The Midlands State University Vice-Chancellor Professor V. N. Muzvidziwa applauded the robust team that mentors ‘Team One Engineers’.

The mentors include Faculty of Science and Technology Executive Dean Dr Nechibvute, Chairperson of the Department of Applied Physics and Instrumentation Dr Nyamhere, and Mr Taruvinga, a Technician in the Department of Applied Physics and Instrumentation.

Professor L. Chikoko, the Executive Director, Research and Innovation indicated that MSU values innovation and technology development. Considering emerging disruptive technologies now pervading the academic landscape, the Turkish competition is an appropriate avenue to showcase the MSU techno-savvy innovators.

MSU Deputy Director Research and Innovation Professor U. Guyo, together with Sabbatical Fellow, Dr. P. Muredzi buttressed Professor L. Chikoko’s view that the MSU Innovation Hub team’s participation in the competition will be a first for Zimbabwean universities and that it marks the internationalisation of the MSU Innovation Hub brand.

The competition is designed to foster interest in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS); stimulate interest in UAS technologies and careers, and engage students in a challenging mission.

This competition demands the participants to complete a series of tasks that are linked together to create a simulated real-world mission.

Annually, the tasks in the competition change in reflection of the fundamentals of the UAS industry.

During the competition, the students will be required to design, integrate, report on, and demonstrate a UAS capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote sensing via onboard payload sensors, and execution of a specific set of tasks.

Three major graded components constitute the competition.

A Technical Journal Paper is one of the components and it describes the systems engineering approach and the UAS design.

Secondly, there is a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) where teams describe their mission readiness and the testing mechanism which gives them confidence, and thirdly, a Mission Demonstration where the team is evaluated on performance.

The Hub considers this competition as a platform to showcase the prowess of techno-savvy innovators nurtured by the University.

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Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Hon Vangelis Haritatos' visit to the Midlands State University stand at the Midlands Horticultural Expo 2022 currently underway at Gresham School Grounds in Zvishavane


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Wishing you the best in your exams

Understanding that you are feeling overwhelmed, unsure and nervous, just know that you are not alone. Team MSU is with you till the end of your journey.

As a member of The Team, just know that the entire Team MSU is thinking of you and wishing you nothing but success.

Needless to say that MSU students are hardworking and committed to their cause, we are confident that you will make it in your exams. A huge potential lies inside of you, all you need is to tap into it.

Your future is determined by how much of yourself you give in the coming days. As you sit for your exams, know that you owe it to yourself to succeed.

So, give it your best and thereafter give it a rest.

We are confident of your competence and ability to succeed.

Never Give Up, Stay Focused, be diligent and win the race.

Best Wishes

Team MSU

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MSU partners Japan International Cooperation Agency

On the 30th of March 2022, Midlands State University hosted a workshop with delegates from Japan International Cooperation Agency Zimbabwe (JICA) in a partnership move that will see the University hosting volunteers from the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Programme.

In his welcome remarks, Executive Dean of Science and Technology Dr Action Nechibvute highlighted that the University’s modus operandi is driven by the parent ministry's Education 5.0 philosophy.

As such, its ultimate goal is not only the promotion of industrialisation and commercialisation but also to produce graduates that are internationally employable and relevant.

Dr A. Nechibvute appraised the visiting Japanese delegation of the University's multiple campuses in Gweru, Zvishavane, Harare and Kwekwe with a student population of no less than 26 000.

JICA Zimbabwe Deputy Resident Representative Mr R.Shiga provided a brief background about JICA Zimbabwe.

He averred that the Japan International Cooperation Agency Zimbabwe (JICA) is an agency under Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that aims at providing technical cooperation with low-income countries.

Mr Shiga said that he hopes the University will participate in the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Programme in which the institution will host Japanese volunteers in technical areas.

He also thanked the University for hosting a volunteer who contributed to the institution as a Volley Ball coach.

JICA Program Officer Mr C. Ndlovu highlighted that their Agency has so far dispatched more than 500 volunteers in Zimbabwe since 1989.

Currently, Zimbabwe is hosting six volunteers across the country working in various fields such as Information and Communication Technology, Physical Education, Tourism and Sports.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Grace Mugumbate offered language and culture training to the JICA volunteers at the University’s National Language Institute.

She pointed out that the University has interests in Pharmaceuticals and industrialisation.

Delivering his vote of thanks, Dr Reginald Matchaba-Hove the Executive Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences thanked JICA for extending a call for a potential partnership with the University.

He highlighted that the University is keenly interested in working with JICA in all the areas that the delegates highlighted.

The JICA Zimbabwe-MSU cooperation workshop was hosted by the Midlands State University Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Grace Mugumbate, Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor Professor Hazel Ngoshi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Mrs Mirirai Mawere, Deputy Registrar Dr Kudzaishe Mudzingwa, Executive Dean of Business Sciences Dr Miriam Mugwati, Executive Dean of Education Professor Efiritha Chauraya, Executive Dean of Student Affairs Mrs Fadzai Chakauya, Language Researcher Dr Vincent Jenjekwa and Grants Officer Dr Ivan Manyonga.

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MSU hosts rural industrialisation brainstorming session

Midlands State University(MSU) hosted a rural industrialisation brainstorming session at the University’s main campus in Gweru on the 29th of March 2022.

The event was attended by university personnel, officials from the ministries of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Climate and Rural Development, Mines and Mining Development, Industry and Commerce as well as representatives from the Forestry Commission and small-scale miners.

Delegates sought to map a roadmap towards rural industrialisation in line with the national development vision as espoused in the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
In his address outlining the objectives and outcomes of the meeting, Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in the Midlands Province Mr Abiot Maronge underscored the importance of NDS1 in driving the President's Vision 2030 aimed at creating an empowered and prosperous upper-middle-income society by 2030.

The brainstorming session identified priority areas and created a roadmap for the province’s rural industrialisation initiative.
In addition, the Permanent Secretary said that the members present also needed to scan the environment to identify focus areas where available resources could be allocated to exploit opportunities in the province.

The Permanent Secretary also noted that there is need to come up with a smaller team that is going to lead the initative with set timelines.

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor. Grace Mugumbate reiterated the importance of laying out a roadmap with clear timelines for the industrialisation of rural areas in the province.
MSU Enterprises Development Unit Executive Director Mr. A. Mukwembi said that when Vision 2030 was launched, universities had to revise their way of doing business. The mandate of the university shifted from strictly learning to include innovation and industrialisation.
He added that in line with the new trajectory towards innovation and industrialisation, MSU established the Enterprises and Development Unit.
This Unit houses the Chemical Manufacturing, Clothing and Textiles, Pharmaceutical and Food Processing and the Press and Publications Unit.
Mr Mukwembi also pointed out that rural industrialisation in Zimbabwe is possible only if the nation makes a mindset shift that accommodates the rural folk in national development since 67.76% of the population lives in rural areas.
He cited that the President, Cde. Dr Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is on record saying that national development will not leave anyone behind.
He then defined industrialisation as the establishment of physical space which is conducive for the mass production of goods.
That is the type of industry that will lead to economic development, Mkwembi added.

Mr Mukwembi highlighted that that some of the strategies that can be applied for the industrialisation of rural communities include the establishment of market gardening cooperatives; food processing, decentralisation of manufacturing plants and ensuring that products are everywhere; using appropriate equipment and establishing small industries in rural communities.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lecturer Dr Alphonce Tavona Shiri led a session under the theme, “Environmental Scanning-Resource Endowment and Comparative Advantages,” in which he underlined the pathways that can lead to rural transformation.
Dr Shiri gave examples from the mining and dairy industries to emphasize that the endowments in the province can serve as a springboard for rural industrialisation.

The brainstorming session was attended by MSU principal officers and delegates among them MSU Registrar Mr Tinashe Zishiri and Director of MSU Marketing and Public Relations Mirirai Mawere.

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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.

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Undergraduate and Post-graduate programmes in Arts, Commerce, Education, Natural Resources Management and Agriculture, Law, Medicine, Mining Engineering,Science & Technology and Social Sciences





General information

Historical Note

The idea of a University in the Midlands dates back to the foundation of the National University of Science and Technology when Gweru, which was identified as a possible site for a second university campus in the country, lost its bid to Bulawayo. Two other opportunities to host institutions of higher learning (the Open University and the Catholic University) were also missed by the Midlands Province, when the two universities went to Harare instead. It was in the midst of such disappointments that two initiatives gradually converged to give birth to what has since become the Midlands State University. His Excellency, the President R G Mugabe, on the nudging of the Provincial political leadership of the Midlands, accepted to the idea of a national university being built in the Midlands. This coincided with the then Ministry of Higher Education and Technology's policy of devolution, which was aimed at expanding access to higher education by converting teachers and technical colleges into degree granting institutions. It was through the process of devolution that beginning in 1998 Gweru Teachers College started to enrol students studying for the Bachelor of Commerce with Education and the Bachelor of Science with Education degrees offered by the University of Zimbabwe.

Establishment of the University

In the meantime, although the devolution policy inaugurated an irrevocable process of bringing university education to the Midlands, there was a strong feeling, especially in the Province, that what was being done did not quite amount to the President's promise of a fully fledged state university in the province. Responding to these feelings, but without losing sight of constraints imposed on Government by declining national funds, the Minister of Higher Education and Technology transformed the devolution project at Gweru into Zimbabwe's third state university by means of the State University in the Midlands Act of April 1999.

The new University, whose name was later changed to the Midlands State University, was to be initially housed at the Gweru Teachers College premises. The mandate of the institution was contained in its broad objects which are the advancement of knowledge, the diffusion and extension of arts, science and learning, the preservation, dissemination and enhancement of knowledge that is relevant for the development of the people of Zimbabwe through teaching and research and, so far as is consistent with the objects, the nurturing of the intellectual, aesthetic, social and moral growth of the students at the University.

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