The Reformed Church University has appointed renowned academia professor Obert Maravanyika as the university’s vice chancellor with effect from beginning of this month, the university announced Thursday
Prof Maravanyika takes over from Prof Wiseman Magwa who left the institution of higher learning last year to join the Midlands State University.
In accepting his new found home Prof Maravanyika said he was aware of the limited financial resources that the university is currently facing and pledged to work tireless towards making RCU a unique and influential brand in higher learning .
“I accept this appointment well aware of the challenges that the reformed church university is facing.
“Limited financial resources in the face of huge infrastructural development commitments its a challenge that is not unique to this university alone………i am conscious of the need to introduce new market driven programs to stimulate growth of revenue and to support the sustainability of the institution.” Prof Maravanyika said.
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He added that working as a team between the church regulators government university council and the management board will ensure the university will achieve its vision of being relevant leading world class center of excellence in inclusive education.
“We need to work together in coming up with partnerships with various stakeholders who can activeily get involved in many facts of university life including infrastructural development of the university.
“If we are able to work as a team we will also be able to establish ourselves as a unique and influential brand,” he said.
Prior to this appointment Prof Maravanyika has vast experience in the academic area and university administration having been a chairman of department at the University of Zimbabwe,an acting dean and an acting pro Vice Chancellor for the same institution.
Prof Maravanyika was the founding vice chancellor of Masvingo State University before it was renamed to Great Zimbabwe University in 2005 the position he held until he left the institution in 2012.