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Tertiary Education institutions are the hub of national manpower skills development and in the execution of that mandate; their role is to produce the requisite manpower for national development. The tendency in most tertiary institutions has been to focus, almost exclusively on the development of cognitive and psycho-motor skills, the hard skills, which enable graduates to manage their job roles. The modern trends in employment circles have however broadened the concept of employability to include skills other than these technical aspects of the job requirement in their package of what they consider as constituting eligibility for hiring as workers. Demonstration of possession of technical skills of the requirements of the job is no longer the be-all and end-all of employment eligibility. Employers are now looking for a rounded individual with skills which transcend the technical requirement of any job, skills that are transferrable from one job setting to another.

In view of this development in man-power skills development, the University of Zimbabwe has realised that life-skill development in general and soft-skills development in particular, can no longer be left to chance and treated as peripheral to the focus of student development. Cognitive and psycho-motor skills can no longer be treated as the bed-rock of man-power skills development at the expense of other aspects of student development like the spiritual and affective domains. This, in the view of the thinking at UZ, can be achieved by ensuring that social-skills development is mainstreamed and becomes an integral part of the education curriculum in the institution.

The University has come up with a Student Attributes Guide, a document which speaks to the institution’s vision in as far as the type of graduate it envisages to produce through the academic and social programmes it offers is concerned. The Student Attributes guide incorporates both the academic and social skills targeted for development during the course of every student’s life at the university so that the product of the institution’s efforts is a well-rounded graduate prepared to take his/her place in both the social and economic spheres of national development. To further operationalise the document mentioned above, the Quality Assurance Department of the University of Zimbabwe has also come up with a Student Social/Academic Advisory document in which the different academic and non-academic departments are assigned to different areas of both social and academic aspects of the life-Skills development program.

The University of Zimbabwe’s view on its graduates’ attributes has placed its Student Affairs Division in a position where it has identified its role in the development of a total graduate the institution endeavours to produce and Life-Skill development has come up as one of its flag-ship interventions in this regard. Through its interaction with all its stake-holders in manpower development, the Division has learnt that for life-long education and training, the lecture-room is everywhere and the teacher is everyone. Soft skills development is an integral part of the total education the institution wishes to expose all its graduates to so that they leave the university equipped to face the challenges of life after school.

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To provide (and be known for providing) students an environment that is conducive for development of habits, attitudes and forms of thought that are oriented towards wealth creation, peace, integrity, dignity and diligence regardless of gender, creed, race, religion or social class.


The Division endeavours to nurture responsible and full grown adults by modelling efficiency and effectiveness in the excellent delivery of :

  • Counselling and Advisory Services
  • Student Health Services
  • Sports and Recreation Services
  • Chaplaincy and Ecumenical Services
  •  Accommodation Services
  • Support Services for students with disabilities and other conditions.
  • Life Support Skills


The Student Affairs Division is an arm of administration that is responsible for creating and providing an environment that promotes good learning and social skills. To achieve this, the Division offers the undergraduates a broad network of social and academic support and activities that are designed to assist them realize their goals and enjoy their University life.


Since undergraduate life is a blend of academic, social and co-curricular activities, the Student Affairs Division provides high quality and user-friendly facilities and services that include counselling and advisory services, career guidance, on and off campus residential facilities, sports and recreational facilities, high quality health care and health education, disability services for students with special needs, spiritual guidance through Chaplaincy and Ecumenical services, and guidance on scholarships and fees support schemes.

Should you have academic, financial, spiritual, psychological or social problems and are not sure where to go or what to do; the Dean of Students’ office is open to give you advice and guidance on how to deal with your situation. Feel free to approach the Dean of Students for help at any time. The Student Affairs staff members are here to look after your welfare and make your life at the University comfortable and an enjoyable experience.

Deputy Dean of Students’ Office

The Deputy Dean’s office is situated in the Student Service Centre. Students facing challenges in raising their educational fees can access the government cadetship loan facility administered through the Loans Office which is located in the Deputy Dean’s Office. Also under the Deputy Dean’s office is the Life Skills Centre which is responsible for directing policy on life skills development and the administration of a wide range of student clubs and associations on campus (including leadership and governance, gender, HIV/AIDS related issues, entrepreneurship, etc.). Students are encouraged to join at least one club of their choice.

Counselling and Advisory Services Department

Students facing social, psychological, career or educational challenges should approach this Department for counselling, advice and guidance. We have Clinical Psychologists at your service. Also on offer in this Department are peer education programmes and career guidance. The Department is located in the Student Service Centre.

Disability Resource Centre

The University of Zimbabwe enrolls and caters for students with special needs. The Disability Resource Centre is responsible for taking care of those members of our family who are living with disabilities, assisting them with all their academic and social needs and making their stay at University a pleasant and comfortable experience. Students with special needs are encouraged to register with the Disability Resource Centre. All students are also encouraged to visit and familiarize themselves with activities of this Department. The Department is located in the University Teaching and Learning Centre Building.

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