Solusi University

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Solusi University
Solusi University logo.png
Motto We serve
Established 1894
Type Private
Religious affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church
President Joel Musvosvi
Admin. staff 221
Undergraduates 14,000+
Postgraduates 518+
Location Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Campus Rural, 12,000 acres (49 km2)
Former names Solusi Collage (1894–1990)
Colors Burnt orange and white
Website solusi.ac.zw

Solusi University is a coeducational private university in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Initially established in 1894, one hundred years later, the institution received the authorisation of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe through an act of Parliament to operate as a university.[1]As a university it first opened on 4 October 1994, the first private institution of higher education in the country. Following the granting of the charter by the Government it was renamed to Solusi University to reflect the institution's expanded roles and academic offerings. The university follows American grading and business, research and liberal arts curricular patterns.[2] It is owned and run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

History[edit]

Solusi University was founded as one of the first of what grew to be hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist mission stations by a dedicated team of Christians in 1894. It was named after Chief Soluswe, the leader whose lands were violently taken by the colonial settlers led by Cecil John Rhodes.

Campus[edit]

Solusi University is located approximately 30 miles (50 km) southwest of the city of Bulawayo on approximately 12,000 acres (49 km²) of land adjacent to the Shelmar Dairy farm and 60 miles away from the town of Plumtree. Figtree is 35 miles away; because of the rural nature of the campus, almost the entire Solusi faculty members and student body reside on campus.

The 12,000-acre (49 km2) campus was originally designated as a farm which was later granted to the Adventist missionaries in the late 1890s by Cecil John Rhodes The campus maintains a variety of indigenous trees, especially around the quad in the center of the campus. The campus is composed of 8 instructional buildings, the Student Center, two single-sex residence halls and 10 complexes.

The two dormitories on campus are Sweden Hall, the women's hall, Ralley Hall, the undergraduate men's hall, and the Married Students qutaers, primarily for men who are either married,graduate or seminary students. The residence halls strictly enforce a curfew depending on a student's age, as well as a visitation policy which does not allow students of the opposite sex in dorm rooms at any time. Students living on-campus are also required to attend a number of worship services.

As of 2006, the University has an enrolment of over 4000 students from over 16 different countries in and out of Africa. It was named after Chief Soluswe, near whose home the Mission was founded.

Academic divisions[edit]

The university is made up of five schools/colleges, offering 60 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate majors.,[3] the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Science & Technology, the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education

Faculty of Business[edit]

The Faculty of Business first began to offer graduate education in business in 1994. It offers Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science in Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees. The school is a member of the Zimbabwe Association of Accounting Technicians. It includes the following departments: Department of Management & Marketing Department of Finance Department of Accounting Department of Computer & Management Information Systems

Faculty of Science & Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers 16 undergraduate degrees and one graduate program to more than 2,500 students, employing over 230 faculty. It includes the following departments:

  • Department of Agriculture & Agribusiness
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Family and Consumer Science

Faculty of Theology[edit]

  • Department of Graduate Programmes (Theology)
  • Department of Theology & Religious Studies

Faculty of Arts & Education[edit]

  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Humanities
  • Department of Languages & Communication

The university has a total of 178 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 7:1.

Philosophy[edit]

The educational philosophy of Solusi University recognises that true education has to do with the harmonious development of the whole person. To achieve this broad aim, the University provides an environment in which students are encouraged to develop and strengthen their commitment to Jesus Christ, experience personal and social growth, develop their appreciation for beauty, and develop a pattern of healthful living, as well as achieve academic excellence.

Diversity[edit]

The international population includes 885 students representing 7 countries. First in the nation for largest proportion of international students, and 1st in the nation for campus diversity.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Henry Oliver Hakulandaba-Directorships-Southern Sahara Group & Aurora Environment. CEO-Henry Oliver Photography & Events Management
  • Enock Kamushinda, Zimbabwe Businessman and former chairman of Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe Limited
  • Charles Mhlauri, Zimbabwe National soccer team coach
  • Pardon Mwansa, Vice-President, Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Evans Muvuti, President, Zimbabwe Union Conference, Chancellor, Solusi University
  • Asher Tarivona-Mutsengi, Former editor of the Zimbabwe Metro Newspaper
  • Kumbirai Nhongo, Former business editor of Zimbabwe Television
  • Kendra Tafadzwa Makoni, Senior Lecturer of Information Technology at [1] Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies (GIPS), Gaborone, Botswana
  • Ronald F. Murowe – Investor and Conglomerate Businessman (Southern and East Africa)
  • Professor Levi Nyagura – Vice-Chancellor of University of Zimbabwe
  • Willard Bradford Musale – Dean, College of Business, Rusangu University
  • Justice M. Dube – Prominent Banker in (South Africa)
  • Takunda S.Chiweta -CEO Chirasha Agricultural Consultants &Businessman
  • Simba Mudzengi – Chartered Accountant (South Africa)
  • S. Nyika – HOD Computer Science Department, Walter Sisulu University (South Africa)
  • Tsungai Chimuti – Transformation Management Consultant (South Africa)
  • Panganai H Mudoti: Former Financial Director Genuine Securities. ARO Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe Limited.
  • Thembinkosi Moyo – IT Director Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division
  • Ben Nxumalo Svondo - CEO: Mzansi Access (South Africa)
  • Timothy Tawanda Shava – Information & Technology security guru (Zimbabwe)
  • Richard M. Kahale CEO R.M.K Capital
  • Tongai C. Tanhara – Business Development Executive, Africa Online Zimbabwe (Member of Telkom South Africa Group)
  • Kevin Chiweta -Business Partner Chirasha Agricultural Consultants &Co founder Chiweta Logistics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adventist University in Africa : Solusi University
  2. ^ Education in Zimbabwe :: Solusi University
  3. ^ Academic Faculties  :: Solusi niversity

External links[edit]

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