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|Solusi College (1894–1990)|
|Affiliation||Seventh-day Adventist Church|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Joel Musvosvi|
|Campus||Rural, 12,000 acres (49 km2)|
|Colors||Burnt orange and white|
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Solusi University is a coeducational private university in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Initially established in 1894, the institution received the authorisation of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe through an act of Parliament to operate as a university in 1994. 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 Solusi University. The university follows American grading and business, research, and liberal arts curricular patterns. It is owned and run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.
Solusi University was founded in 1894 as one of the first of hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist mission stations. It was named after Chief Soluswe, the leader whose lands were taken by the colonial settlers led by Cecil John Rhodes.
In 2006, the university had an enrolment of over 4000 students from over 16 countries.
Solusi University is approximately 30 miles (50 km) southwest of the city of Bulawayo on approximately 12,000-acre (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 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 eight instruction buildings, the Student Center, two single-sex residence halls, and 10 complexes.
The student hostels on campus are Palmer Hall, Morning Side and Sweden Hall, the women's hall, Ralley Hall, the undergraduate men's hall, and the Married Students quarters (primarily for men who are married, graduate or seminary students). The residence halls strictly enforce a curfew depending on a student's age, as well as a visitation policy that does not allow students of the opposite sex in dorm rooms at any time. Students living on-campus are required to attend a number of worship services.
The university is made up of five schools/colleges, offering 60 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate majors from the faculties of Theology, Business, Science & Technology, Arts, and Education.
Faculty of Business
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
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
- Department of Graduate Programmes (Theology)
- Department of Theology & Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts & Education
- Department of Fine Arts
- Department of Humanities
- Department of Languages & Communication
The university has 178 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 7:1.
The international population includes 885 students representing seven countries. It is first in the nation for largest proportion of international students and first in the nation for campus diversity.
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- Charles Mhlauri, former Zimbabwe national football team coach
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