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Centre for Population Studies

Chairperson

Prof Marvellous M. Mhloyi

Ph.D. in Demography (Pennsylvania), M.A (Pennsylvania). BSc. (WEST Chester). BA. (Logos).
Key Research Areas: Reproductive Health including Fertility and Family Planning, Health Intervention Programmes, Population Policy and Development, HIV/AID interventions monitoring and evaluations, Mitigating and Enhancing Effects of Gender.
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Chairperson's Welcome

Welcome to the Centre for Population Studies. The history of Centre for Population Studies (CPS) at the University of Zimbabwe can be traced back to 1982 when the University successfully negotiated an agreement with the Fullbright Programme for services of a demographer who arrived in May 1983. Prior to the arrival of the Fulbright scholar however, teaching of Substantive Demography had already started with the assistance of part-time lecturers drawn mainly from the Central Statistical Office.

At the request of the University, UNFPA assisted with funding of population studies having observed the critical shortage of demography expects in the country. Thus, in 1984 a senior demographer/lecturer joined the Sociology department and jointly worked with a national demographer, who had just been hired by the University, for the teaching and expansion of training in the area. The department proposed a second course in population studies which was approved and taught as from 1986. Based on a Needs Assessment which was undertaken in October of 1986, the Department of Sociology recommended further training in population studies at graduate level. Since population studies are a “service” type discipline, its training has to draw candidates with varying training backgrounds. Such candidates will, upon completion of the degree, work as technical demographers, who can incorporate population variables in their planning. Convinced of this gap in our training, the University asked the Sociology Department to submit a proposal for possible funding of a teaching programme in population science to the Ford Foundation through the Population Council. The Ford Foundation provided funding for the staff development, scholarships for the graduate students, micro-computers, library books and journals and transport for about six years. The Masters training programme has been offered since 1989 under the Sociology Department.

However, in 1997, Centre for Population Studies became a fully-fledged stand-alone department. Since then, it has become the first such Centre in Southern Africa which drew its students from all over the region. The Centre has become increasingly interdisciplinary over time, drawing students from Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Public Health, Social Work, Geography and Statistics. The energy and intellectual curiosity of the Centre's researchers, fostered by the strong research environment and leavened by their interaction with visitors and students at all levels, is a major source of Centre momentum. To date, about 200 students have graduated from the Centre. The majority of former Master in Population Studies students now occupy influential positions, not only in regional and local academic institutions, government departments and non-governmental organisations, but in international organisations such as UNFPA, UNICEF and USAID. Eight of them are now Ph.D holders, one is a Professor while about 15 are registered Ph.D candidates with leading Universities. 

Mission
To train demographers who are able to make meaningful contribution to sustainable development in Zimbabwe. This is achieved through providing high quality education and training services to our students.

Vision 
To be a leading department in the provision of Teaching, Research and Community services to our clients.

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