RCU Wins Three Prestigious Awards in a Row

The Reformed Church University (RCU) which is in the final stages of the construction of the $2 million phase one project of its Main Campus in Masvingo, recently bagged three prestigious awards in less than two weeks.

The University, whose Main Campus is taking shape with the near completion of teaching and learning facilities as well as the administration building won the Award for Digital Financial Services Innovation, Christian University of the Year Award, and the RCU Vice Chancellor won the Academic Leader of the Year Award for 2017.

The Award for Digital Financial Services Innovation titled, ‘Best Promoter; Digital Financial Services,’ in the academic institutions category, was conferred to the University by the Agent Banking and Digital Financial Services Conference in recognition of RCU’s ‘continuous progressive efforts in promoting, adopting, investing and supporting the use of Digital Financial Services pursuant to sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation in Zimbabwe, in Harare, on 14 July 2017.

Barely ten days later, the RCU, which is owned by the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ), bagged the Christian University of the Year Award, being special recognition for the University in Christian Leadership Excellence & God principled Business Ethics in the Higher & Tertiary Education Industry. The award was conferred to the University in Harare at Rainbow Towers by the Christian Business & Leadership Awards (CBLA) on 24 July 2017.   

At the same event, the RCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Wiseman Magwa, won the Academic Leader of the Year Award for 2017, in recognition of his Christian Leadership Excellence & God principled Business Ethics in the Higher & Tertiary Education Industry, completing a phenomenal treble for the University.

On receiving the awards, the elated RCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Magwa said he was humbled and at the same time inspired by the important recognition that had been accorded to him, the University and the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe community as a whole.

He added that, “these awards are special in that, they are coinciding with the current drive of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, of transforming Zimbabwean universities’ institutional structures and culture in order to effectively drive industrialisation and modernisation of the nation’s economy through research, innovations and business enterprise development.”

The Vice Chancellor noted that the RCU had embraced this call, and furthermore, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) driven pedagogy had been at the heart of the University curriculum.

“In 2016, the University keenly embraced the policy thrust on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. 

Focusing on STEM helped the University produce useful research throughput, and encouraged more learners with and without disabilities to acquire relevant skills that made them competitive on the job market as well as being job creators in their own right.” Professor Magwa noted.

The RCU Council Chairman, Dr. Augustine Mazvuru, who was present at the awards ceremony applauded, the entire Reformed Church in Zimbabwe community, University Council, Vice Chancellor and Management team, members of staff, students and all RCU stakeholders for the sterling performance.

Dr.Mazvuru highlighted that, in strategic terms, the University which is in the process of transforming from the establishment to the growth mode, shall address academic growth through increased enrolment as well as reinforcing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the University curriculum in order to effectively drive industrialisation and modernisation of the nation’s economy through research, innovations and business enterprise development.

He added that, “supported by a comprehensive staff development programme, the RCU shall develop new demand-driven undergraduate degree programmes, post graduate degree programmes and a disability resource centre, as it further diversifies its service offerings.”

In its five years of existence, the RCU has reaffirmed its market position as the most promising university through a series of phenomenal achievements as follows: Third Best university in research and innovation at the Research and Intellectual Outputs Science, Engineering and Technology Expo (RIO-SET) 2016; Second Best in the civic organisations category in partnership with the City of Masvingo, at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) 2015 and 2016 in a row; Second Best in the universities category at Masvingo Agricultural Show 2015 and 2016 in a row; and the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education which was conferred to the RCU Vice Chancellor in India, in 2013.

 

Stephene Chikozho

Director-Business Development, Information & Public Relations

RCU Wins Three Prestigious Awards in a Row

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