As the Reformed Church University (RCU) Acting Vice Chancellor, I am privileged to welcome you all to the RCU Website. I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Reformed Church University stakeholders, students and staff for working as one to ensure quality results albeit Covid-19 induced challenges. You continue to show resilience, creativity and innovativeness as we adapt to the new normal during this global challenge. Your hard work and effort is remarkably noted.
The Reformed Church University was established from a rich historical background of the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ). It was formed out of the Charter given to the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) in 2010. This gave the Church the opportunity to start laying down concrete milestones towards the ultimate opening of RCU on 12 August 2012.
Our purpose as RCU is to provide a quality tertiary education experience that inspires our students to succeed. We devote ourselves to serve the community; our students are our number one ambassadors hence quality results are obtained from the institution.
The RCU’s Vision is to be a relevant world class centre of excellence in inclusive education, research and community service, innovation and industrialization embedded in Christian values. The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe being the founding fathers of the RCU had a vision from its inception in 1891 at Morgenster. One of the key principles in its vision was on inclusivity – eradicating the social, cultural and other barriers that created a band between different groups in society especially the differently-abled. Hence, the institution niche area of “inclusive education”. This niche bench marks on the background that from the start the RCZ catered for lepers, the deaf and dump and the blind. The university is therefore building on this legacy, hence our moto, ‘’Building A Legacy Through Inclusivity.’’
RCU has gained a national reputation for its inclusivity orientation and is set to be a global leader in this respect. Higher education is about improving lives, empowering people and transforming society through education as RCU’s leverage on its niche area of inclusivity, it has immediate plans to establish a National Institute of Inclusivity, Research and Rehabilitation which apart from teaching and research would be a hub for innovation, production and warehousing of assistive devices across a wide range of disabilities.
RCU mission goes beyond the traditional teaching, research and community service to include socialization of knowledge and targeting teaching and research towards sustainable socio-economic progress based on value addition of local natural resources. As such, RCU will continue to work in line with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science, and Technology Development’s 5.0 Philosophy to introduce innovations in our curriculum to unlock the wealth embedded within our natural heritage and spur the industrialization of our economy for global competitiveness.
This developmental matrix is based on deployment of local resources, human and material to address local development gaps and finding sustainable local solutions. Within this framework, the RCU emphasizes innovations and creativity for producing goods and services of relevance for local and global impact hence drifting from merely regurgitating theoretical bodies of knowledge.
RCU adheres to international best practice as explicitly expressed by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development through such documents as the Ministry’s Strategic Plan and The Skills Audit and the Qualifications Framework. RCU has established partnership arrangements with international universities such as Stellenbosch and is set to establish more partnerships with local, regional and international universities, government departments, and the private sector, development agencies and progressive individuals as it strides towards Knowledge, Equity and Excellence.
As the Reformed Church University we are privileged to be accredited by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development. Regional and International accreditation is another area the University is currently pursuing.
Finally, allow me to express my profound gratitude and fervent appreciation to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, University Council, staff, students and all stakeholders for the unwavering support you render to RCU.
I wish you every success in your chosen programmes and a fruitful interaction with the RCU.
God bless you, stay safe
Acting Vice Chancellor
Prof J. M. Ngwaru
Professor J. M. Ngwaru
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