The Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) is visiting the Harare Institute of Technology for a physical assessment of the institution following its application for accreditation of 17 new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from 25 – 26 January 2023.
The ZIMCHE delegation is headed by the Council’s Chief Executive Officer Professor K.P Dzvimbo who is accompanied by the Chief Director for Quality Assurance, Practices and Procedures, Professor R. Chireshe, Chief Director Life and Health Sciences, Professor F.Z Gumbo, Dr C.T Mandizvidza who is the Director for Registration and Accreditation, Dr G.T Hapanyengwi, the Director for ICTs as well as other ZIMCHE staffers and a team of Peer Reviewers.
In his opening remarks, Professor Dzvimbo reiterated the importance of this ZIMCHE Physical Assessment Site Visit saying it is a critical purpose towards the accreditation of the new academic programmes that HIT has submitted to ZIMCHE.
He also reminded the Peer Reviewers that they are here to assist HIT to come up with functional academic programmes. “We are here to make sure that HIT is going to come up with academic programmes that are going to be functional in the future, fulfilling the goals of Heritage Education 5.0, the National Development Strategic Plan One (NDS1) and Vision 2030,” Prof Dzvimbo said.
The Chief Director for Quality Assurance, Practices and Procedures, Professor R. Chireshe also added that the Peer Reviewers are here to verify what HIT has submitted to ZIMCHE in its applications for accreditation. “This is a peer review process and we would like to come up with programmes that are good for our children such that they would appreciate enrolling at our local higher learning institutions like HIT,” he said.
The ZIMCHE delegation is meeting with HIT staff which includes the Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Mr W. Gwarimbo, HIT Registrar Mr H. Njonga, the Librarian Mr. J.L Maenzanise, Director for Quality Assurance, Mr L. Kusema, Director for ICTs Mrs M. Chahuruva, Deans, Departmental Chairpersons and Schools’ administrators.
In an effort to increase its competitiveness and global recognition HIT has submitted some new postgraduate programmes to ZIMCHE for accreditation. These new academic programmes under review for ZIMCHE accreditation include Master of Technology Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, Master of Technology in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Master of Technology in Materials Technology and Engineering, Master of Technology Degree in Machine Design, Master of Technology Degree in Industrial Automation, Master of Technology Degree in Telecommunications and Wireless Systems, Master of Technology Degree in Polymer Process Engineering and Applications, Master of Technology Degree in Petrochemicals, Master of Technology Degree in Plant Process Design Engineering, Master of Technology Degree by Research in Engineering, Doctor of Technology in Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Master of Technology Degree in Industrial Biotechnology, Master of Technology Degree in Food Processing Technology, Master of Technology Degree in Data Science and Analytics, Master of Technology in Forensic Accounting and Auditing, Master of Technology in Financial Engineering. Master of Technology in Electronic Commerce and Master of Technology Degree in Ultrasound.
Speaking at the end of the Peer Review Session, ZIMCHE Deputy CEO, Professor W. Parawira expressed the Council’s gratitude to HIT for coming up with good and futuristic programmes for the country like petrochemical. “As ZIMCHE we want to improve these postgraduate programmes by assuring that they are quality programmes that contribute to the development of our country. Let me also thank the Peer Reviewers for working hard towards the improvement of these new programmes. I encourage HIT academics to also apply to become peer reviewers. i AM ALSO URGING hit to respond positively and timely to the recommendations from the Peer Reviewers,” he said.
HIT Acting Dean of Academic Affair, Mr W. Gwarimbo assured the Council that HIT has taken note of all the recommendations from the Peer Reviewers and will work timely and positively to make sure that they are implemented so that the new postgraduate programmes can start soon.