Presentation on theme: "Internationalization and the Promotion of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Zimbabwe: The Case of the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre."— Presentation transcript:
Internationalization and the Promotion of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Zimbabwe: The Case of the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Womens Law (SEARCWL) University of Zimbabwe firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Zimbabwe Vision for prosperity, peace and dignity in Zimbabwe and beyond. To be (and be recognized by others as) a leading University working for prosperity, peace and dignity in Zimbabwe and beyond.
University of Zimbabwe Mission Enabling our clients and customers to make meaningful contributions to sustainable development in Zimbabwe. To this end, we provide high quality education, training and advisory services on a needs oriented basis. We guarantee the above by maintaining excellence in Teaching, Learning, Research and Service to the community.
Strategic Thrusts Emphasis on ICT competence; Emphasis on postgraduate programmes; Emphasis on development in addition to research; Emphasis on Sports; Increased industrial and community attachments; Increased attention to entrepreneurship training, and Improving internal management efficiencies
Emphasis on Postgraduate Programmes Major Areas of Focus Major areas for critical analysis in University business include human resources, learning, research and information and communication technology.
Human Resources The success of the University depends on its human force- the vision, creativity and ingenuity of its academic staff. People of the highest calibre are needed if the University has to succeed in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and ultimately apply the knowledge to enrich and improve the quality of life for present and future generations.
Learning The University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of teaching and research in order to provide a learning environment that will inspire and enable students to grow intellectually, recognize their social responsibilities, be prepared to live and work in a global community, and achieve personal self-actualization.
Research The discovery of new knowledge through research and scholarly activities is a critical part of intellectual life and learning experiences that must be nurtured at the University. There is overwhelming agreement world-wide that research enriches the classroom experience for students and gives them access to the excitement of venturing into new territory. To that end, effort should be directed at increasing research partnerships with, among others, other universities, local and international.
Internationalization and the promotion of postgraduate studies Guiding principles oThe University of Zimbabwe is part of a network of learning that stretches around the world; oThe University believes that it will be foolhardy to presume that any professor could be the sole source of knowledge on any subject; oThe University should therefore be actively involved in the development of teaching, learning and research that strengthens its links to other learning communities worldwide in order to produce citizens who think globally and advance international scholarship and research.
The Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Womens Law (SEARCWL)
Link Title:Cooperation in Womens Law ActivitiesPostgraduate Teaching and Research in Womens Law Participating DepartmentSouthern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Womens Law, University of Zimbabwe Cooperating PartnersInstitute of Womens Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi, Kenya Faculty of Law, Chancellor College, Malawi
Duration:2003 to Date Funding:Norad and University of Zimbabwe
Activities Research: As part of the link, particularly in terms of South South and North South cooperation in publishing, the Centre has to date published extensively in the following thematic areas: (a) Power relations and transformation in plural legal mechanisms (b) Gender analysis of legal frameworks (c) Linking legal form to lived realities (d)Effective research skills and methods in womens law (e) Human rights, local governance and resource access and control
Staff Exchange: Since the establishment of the Centre, staff from the participating institutions have taught on its Diploma and Masters programmes, taking responsibility for the stipulated optional courses as stated in the Agreement. The staff exchange component of the cooperation in teaching has significantly enriched the link and student exposure to a variety of perspectives from across the region and internationally.
Student Exchange : There are no direct student exchanges save to mention that since the programme is regional, the student body isdrawn from Eastern and Southern Africa. Over the years, students have largely been drawn from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Sudan,Cameron, Swaziland and the host country, Zimbabwe
Graduate Statistics Diploma Total Students91 Masters Total Students135
LIST OF PROMINENT STUDENTS Rebecca Kadanga Deputy Speaker, Uganda Esme Chombo High Court Judge, Malawi Doroth Nyasulu Chairperson, Human Rights Commission, Malawi Mwanaisha Kwariko High Court Judge, Tanzania Jessie Majome Member of Parliament, Zimbabwe
Evaluation: The link, since inception, continues to grow from strength to strength and could clearly be used as an example of best practices in terms of cooperation linkages and South South and North South initiatives at postgraduate level. The programme has not only produced quality graduates but has also raised the profile of the University of Zimbabwe and the country at large internationally. Both internal and external
Evaluation reports, as well as evaluations by the Norwegian Embassy in Zimbabwe attest to the success of the Centre as a model for international cooperation and the promotion of postgraduate education.