Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education Removes Seven Universities from Accreditation List Amidst Scandal

by Judith Matanire

In a significant development that has sent shockwaves through the education sector in Zimbabwe, authorities have taken the decision to remove seven foreign universities including Parul University (India), which recently appointed popular musician Gemma Griffiths as its brand ambassador, from the accredited list

The decision, announced in a statement on Monday, came after a thorough review of foreign higher education institutions, with no specific reasons disclosed for the removal.

“This notice serves to inform the public that the following institutions are no longer accredited with ZIMCHE; Girne American University (Northern Cyprus), Sharda University of India, Parul University (India), Near East University (Northern Cyprus), University of Kyrenia (Northern Cyprus), The European University of Lefke (Northern Cyprus) and University of Nicosia (Northern Cyprus).

ZIMCHE emphasized the importance of verifying the accreditation status of foreign universities, cautioning that studying at unaccredited institutions could lead to financial loss and adversely impact academic qualifications and career prospects.

Recently, ZIMCHE invalidated dubious IIP awards bestowed on various Zanu PF apologists and benefactors including Kambucha Beverages director Eric Francis Niyonsaba, socialite Mudiwa Hood, controversial businessman Delish Nguwaya of Drax International and Geo Pomona Waste Management. The council declared IlP’s awarded degrees as unrecognized within Zimbabwe and warned the public against using titles from unregistered institutions.

ZIMCHE highlighted the importance of maintaining rigorous standards in higher education and emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in accrediting foreign institutions. The affected universities have been instructed to cease all academic activities in Zimbabwe immediately and are barred from enrolling new students.

The decision to remove these universities from the accredited list has sparked widespread discussion and debate within the education community, with many calling for increased oversight and scrutiny of foreign institutions offering education in Zimbabwe. Nhau/Indaba

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