University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Vice-Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura has had his appointment extended by another two years. Critics have been calling for Nyagura’s head for conferring a suspect Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree on former first lady Grace Mugabe in 2014 and bringing the UZ’s reputation into disrepute.
Allegations have been made that the wife of the former Chancellor of all State Universities, former president Robert Mugabe, did not take the required period of time to complete the degree or defend her thesis. Grace’s thesis was only released last week, almost four years after graduation. However, the release of the thesis has reignited debate and generated further scrutiny on Grace’s degree as there seems to be evidence of plagiarism and academic cheating. The thesis also appears to have been done well into 2016, even though the degree was awarded in 2014. The lecturers in the UZ’s Sociology Department have disavowed any knowledge of the former first lady fulfilling any of the requirements for completing the degree and have called for an investigation into the matter.
We publish a notice from the UZ below in full.
EXTENSION OF APPOINTMENT AS VICE CHANCELLOR: PROFESSOR LEVI MARTIN NYAGURA
The Chairman of the University of Zimbabwe Council, Ambassador BD Mothobi is pleased to announce the extension of appointment of Professor Levi Martin Nyagura as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe. The extension is for a period of two (2) years, with effect from 1st January 2018.
Professor L M Nyagura holds a wealth of experience in higher education spanning over 40 years, almost half of them at the macro-level of administration at the University of Zimbabwe. Under his expert diligent leadership, the University of Zimbabwe has registered exponential growth in infrastructure, and international recognition. Professor Nyagura’s reformation, internationalisation and modernization agenda has seen the University building more than a dozen lecture rooms, laboratories and refurbishment of residential and learning facilities without external funding. He has also guided the University through a metamorphosis characterised by robust curriculum reviews, the introduction of rigorous academic programmes, unfettered staff development and unparalleled growth in research capacity through the intentional deployment of resources towards research and innovation.
As the Chief Academic, Administrative and Disciplinary Officer of the University, Professor Nyagura transformed the University into a tranquil citadel of intellectual enterprise. He has entrenched an ethos deeply rooted in standards of excellence, a culture of service, efficiency, effectiveness and institutional relevance, culminating in the conferment of Centre of Excellence status for various at the University. Through his leadership, the University has also facilitated the incubation and growth of several State universities in the country. His appointment to regional and international academic boards attest to his impeccable and illustrious career.