|Solusi College (1894–1990)|
|Affiliation||Seventh-day Adventist Church|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Ephraim T. Gwebu|
|Campus||Rural, 12,000 acres (49 km2)|
|Colors||Burnt orange and white|
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Initially established in 1894, the institution received the authorization 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 Mission was the first Seventh-day Adventist mission station in Africa. It was founded in 1894 on 12,000 acres of land given by Cecil Rhodes, prime minister of Cape Colony, to Pieter Wessels and Asa T. Robinson. On October 31, 1956, the Board of Regents of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists approved Solusi Mission Training School to become a college. In 1958, Solusi College was giving Bachelor's Degrees to church workers throughout southern and central africa to meet the needs of a growing church membership. Later on negotiations were made to receive affiliation with a Seventh-day Adventist university in the United States. In October 1984 Solusi College became affiliated with Andrews University. During the 10 years of affiliation with Andrews University, Solusi College grew rapidly. New courses were added and enrollment increased by 500%. In 1991 Solusi College submitted an application to become a private university. In March 1992 the National Council visited Solusi College. In July 1994, a charter established Solusi University. On May 4, 1995, His Excellency, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, gave the Solusi University Charter to Chancellor, Dr I. D. Raelly. His Excellency became the first graduate as recipient of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. With the establishment of Solusi University, granting of Andrews University degrees became obsolete in August 1998.
In July 2018 a bakery on the campus was gutted by fire, the destroyed property was worth $25,000.
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 Humanities
- Department of Languages & Communication
The university has 105 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 3:1.
- Professor Levi Nyagura, former vice-chancellor of University of Zimbabwe
- Charles Mhlauri, former Zimbabwe national football team coach
- Dr. Pardon Mwansa, Vice Chancellor, Rusangu University
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