school and education




Vice Chancellor


Professor Levi Martin Nyagura

BSc (London) UK, Grad CE UZ, BSc (Special Hons) UZ, MSc (UNISA) South Africa,   PhD (SIU) USA.                                               

Professor L M Nyagura was appointed on a five year contract as Vice Chancellor of the    University of Zimbabwe in January 2003. His contract as Vice Chancellor was extended   for another five year term in 2008. He is currently serving a third term, spanning the period 1 January 2013 to December 2017.

Professor Nyagura is a highly qualified and respected academic of high personal and professional integrity with a proven track record in leadership and innovation, evidence being:

Leadership and Innovations

1.Vice Chancellor, University of Zimbabwe, 1 January 2003 – present.

2.Chairman of the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education Committee on Accreditation and Quality Assurance 2010 – present.

3.Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Zimbabwe from 12 October 1998 to 31 December 2002.

4.Chairman, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).

5.Guided the development of the Bindura University College of Science Education now Bindura University of |Science Education.

6.Guided the development of Chinhoyi University College now the Chinhoyi University of Technology.

7.Guided the development of the Masvingo University College now Great Zimbabwe University.

8.Currently guiding the development of University of Zimbabwe Marondera College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

9.Negotiated with Hanban, China and developed the University of Zimbabwe Confucius Institute now offering Bachelor of Arts degree courses in Chinese Language and Culture.

10Guided the development of the University of Zimbabwe Campus Wide Network based on Ethernet Network Technology structured on a star Topology internally and bound by a Ring Topology externally.

11.Guided the development of the Wi-Fi cloud system on the University of Zimbabwe main campus.

12.Guided the development of the pilot Science and Mathematics Odel degree programme in three associate teachers colleges.

13.Development of Quality Assurance systems such as the Strategic Plan Implementation and Monitoring system; Academic Staff Hiring and Promotions Benchmark System; Degree Programmes and Internal Structure and Benchmarks; PhD Staff Development system.

14.Initiated a cost-effective laptop scheme targeting academic staff and students and also support staff to increase access to electronic academic resources.

15.Spearheaded the construction of two water reservoirs each of capacity two million five hundred thousand litres to enhance water availability to the institution.

16.Initiated the development of a Science Laboratory complex for the University of Zimbabwe Marondera College of Agricultural Science and Technology.

17.Initiated the teaching of the Korean Language and Culture at the University of Zimbabwe.

18.Negotiated with the University of Dar es Salam, Tanzania, for the development of Swahili Language at the University of Zimbabwe.

19Established several productive partnerships with universities in China, Kenya, South Africa and the Republic of Korea.

20.Transformation of the University of Zimbabwe Farm to run on commercial basis.

21.Assisted in the development of the National Defence College in Harare which is hoped to transform into the National Defence University.

22.Working towards the establishment of the High Performance Computing Centre at the University of Zimbabwe.

23.Working towards the establishment of a Minerals Beneficiation and Value Addition Institute at the University of Zimbabwe.

24.Development of a GIS Satellite Centre in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

25.Development of the Tele – Education Centre to interactively collaborate with selected universities in India.

26.Development of the University of Zimbabwe School of technology to train key Operatives in the Information Technology sector in Network Engineering, Software Engineering and Hardware Engineering.

27.Development of Technical Education Programmes and Department at the University of Zimbabwe.

28.Vice Chairman, Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC), September 1995 – 2008.

29.Director, Human Resources Research Centre, January 1990 – September 1995.

30.National coordinator of Central Africa Research Awards funded by IDRC (1995).

31.Chairman, Curriculum Studies, October 1986 – December 1989.

32.Chairman, Technical Education, October - December 1989.

33.Member of the HRRC Executive Committee, 1986-1990.

34.University of Zimbabwe Co-ordinator for the MA in Technical education project run at Universities of Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden, 1988-1989.

35.Project Supervisor, BEd Technical Subjects Projector, 1986-1989.

36.Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education, 1982-1983.

37.Chairman, Associate College Centre, 1982 – 1983.

38.Vice Chairman, Principal’s Failure Rate Committee, 1982.

39.Member of Faculty of Education Committee of Inquiry on Restructuring of the Faculty (1981).

40.Chairman, Associate College Centre, 1982-1983.

41.Chairman, Education Technology Unit Sub-Committee, 1981-1982.

42.Editor-in-Chief, ZJER, 1990 to 1995.

43.External Examiner in Maths Education, University of Zambia, 1990 to 1991.

44.External Examiner, University of Brunei 1999 to 2000

45.Professor Nyagura is a full Professor in Mathematics with over 35 publications which include.

Research and Publications

1. Nyagura, L.M. (1998). Impediments to Girls’ Education on Large-Scale commercial Farms in Zimbabwe. In cutting the Gordian Knot: The Benefits of Girls’ Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ann Cotton & Richard Synge (editors)). Cambridge : CamFed. pp53-57.

2. Nyagura, L.M. (1996). The Impact of Contextual Factors on Students’ Academic Achievement   in Secondary School Mathematics. In the Proceedings of the Southern  African Association for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (SSRMSE) Conference, 23-28 January 1996, University of the North, South Africa (1996).

3. Nyagura, L. M. (1996). Educating Science Teachers for Lifelong Learning: Trends, Problems and Prospects in Southern Africa. In the Proceedings of the Regional   Conference onImproving Science and Mathematics Teaching: Effectiveness of Interventions   in Southern Africa, 11-14 December 1995, Windhoek, Namibia, 31-40.

4. Nyagura, L. M. And Ridell, A. R. (1993). Primary School Achievement in English and Mathematics in Zimbabwe: A Multi-level Analysis. The World Bank: Education and Social Policy Department. WPS1208.

5. Nyagura, L.M. (1993). Quantitative Developments, Quality and Equity Concerns in Zimbabwean Primary and Secondary Education Sectors. ZJER, 5(1), 21 - 40.

6.Nyagura, L.M. (1992). School effectiveness and improvement in Zimbabwe.      International Network News, Vol. 2 No. 3, ICSEI.

7.Nyagura, L.M. (1992).   Multilevel Methodology in studying the quality of Education with an Application to Mathematics Education in Zimbabwe’s Primary Schools. ZJER, 4(1), 49 - 70.

8.Nyagura, L.M. (1991). A comparative Analysis of the Quality of Primary Education in Zimbabwe by School Type, ZJER, 3 (3), 208-224.

9.Nyagura, L.M., Dorsey, B J and Matshazi, M. (1991). Review of Education and Training in Zimbabwe. Harare: CIDA. 202p.

10.Nyagura, L.M., Lockheed, M.E. and Riddell, A.R. (1991). School Type Effects on   Mathematics and English Achievement in Secondary Schools in Zimbabwe. The     World Bank: Population and Human Resources Department.

11.Nyagura, L.M. (1991). Multilevel Investigations of Effects of Schools, classrooms and student characteristics on Academic Achievement in Primary Schools in Zimbabwe,     HRRC, University of Zimbabwe.

12.Nyagura, L.M. and Riddell, A.R. (1991). What causes differences in achievement in Zimbabwe’s secondary schools? The World Bank: Population and Human Resources Department. WPS705.

13.Nyagura, L.M. (1991). A comparative Analysis of Student Achievement by School type in Zimbabwe Secondary Schools. ZJER, Volume 3, No. 1, 43 - 61.

14.Nyagura, L.M. (1990). Accomplishments of Zimbabwe Education Sector. In Final Evaluation: Basic Education and Skills Training Sector Assistance Program (BEST). Harare: USAID.

15.Nyagura, L.M. (1990). The 1990 Zimbabwe Structural Adjustment Program and its implications to the Education Sector. HRRC, University of Zimbabwe.

16.Nyagura, L.M. and Reece, J.L. (1990). Curriculum implementation in Zimbabwe Secondary Schools. ZJER, Vol. 2, No.1, 25 - 51.

17. Nyagura, L.M. and Reece, J.L. (1990. Teacher Quality in Zimbabwe Secondary Schools. ZJER, Vol. 2, No. 3, 211 - 238.

18.Nyagura, L.M. (1990). Analysis of Working Team of machine Operators in the Blow and Injection Moulding Sections, Saltrama-Plastex, 16P.

19.Nyagura, L.M. and Jaji, G. (1989). An Investigation of Mathematical Competencies Attainedby Form 1 Pupils in Zimbabwe (1981). Occasional Paper No. 5, HRRC, University of Zimbabwe, 52p.

20.Nyagura, L.M. (1989). An Algebraic Approach to Polynomial Hypergroups. In the Proceedings of SAMSA, 7th Symposium, University of Malawi, Zomba, 19p.

21.Nyagura, L.M. (1989). Evaluation Research Report on Zambia Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Project (ZAMSTEP), 72p.

22.Nyagura, L.M. and Reece, J.L. (1989). The School Head as an Instructional Leader in Zimbabwe Secondary Schools, Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 1 No. 3, 304 - 341.

23.Nyagura, L.M. (1989). An investigation into Current Educational Practices in Zimbabwe Secondary Schools: A Collaborative Study, Research Board Publication, Issue No. 2, 36 - 38.

24.Nyagura, L.M. and Chikombah, C.E.M. (1989). Research, Policy and Quality Education in Zimbabwe, ZJER, Vol. 1, No. 3, 407- 409.

25.Nyagura, L.M. (1989). Principles of Assessing Psychomotor Skills with Special Reference to Agriculture Practical Work, Bulletin of the Department of teacher Education, Vol. XXV, No. 2.

26.Nyagura, L.M.(1989). Axiomatic and Mathematical Structure:  Implications for  Teaching. Bulletin of the Associate College Centre, Vol. XXV, No. 1, pp. 1-13.

27.Nyagura, L.M. and Jaji, G. (1989). Attained Mathematics Curriculum in Zimbabwe Primary Schools. ZJER, Vol. 1, No. 2, 147-160.

28.Nyagura, L.M. (1988). An overview of Curricular Issues in Zimbabwe. In the Book Education in the New Zimbabwe, 27-34, Michigan State University.

29.Nyagura, L.M. (1987). Evaluation Research Report on Technical Teacher Education in Zimbabwe. Faculty of Education, University of Zimbabwe, 78-118.

30.Nyagura, L.M. (1987). Duals of Hypergroups: A survey In the Proceedings of the SouthernAfrican Mathematical Sciences Association, 6th Symposium, Arusha, Tanzania.

31.Nyagura, L.M. Jaji, G. and Robson, M (1986). Support for Tutors Utilizing Video and   Printed Modules. In the Book Studies in Mathematics Education (Robert Morris, ed.)  Unesco, Vol. 4, 153-158.

32.Nyagura, L.M. (1983). Applied Education in the Certificate in Education Programme.   Bulletin  of the Associate College Centre, Vol. XIX, No. 1, 27-32.

33.Nyagura, L.M. (1982). Mathematical Structure in the Primary School. Bulletin of the  Associate College Centre, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, 20-23.

34.Nyagura, L.M. (1981). Problem Solving in Mathematics (Part 11). Bulletin of the Associate College Centre, Vol. XVII, No. 3, 149-157.

35.Nyagura, L.M. (1981).   Problem Solving in Mathematics (Part 1). Bulletin of the Associate College Centre, Vol. XVII, No. 1, 38-49.

36. Nyagura, L.M. (1981). Common Types of Mathematical Proof. Zimbabwe Mathematical Digest, No. 9, 11-16.

Books, Research Reports and Instructional Materials

1.Review of Education Sector Analysis in Zimbabwe (1990-96). By Nyagura, L.M., C.E.M. Chikombah, B.R.S. Chivore, O.E. Maravanyika and Sibanda, I.M.

2.Strategies to Improve Motivation in Education. Nyagura, L.M. and Chivore, B.R.S. UNESCO, Harare, 1996 (49 pages).

3.Quantitative Methods in Educational Research. HRRC, University of Zimbabwe, 1992. (98 pages).

4.Using WordPerfect 5.1. HRRC, University of Zimbabwe, 1992. (57 pages).

5.A Basic Guide for Using SPSS/PC+ Versions 4.0 and 5.0, HRRC, University of Zimbabwe, 1994.

6.Informatics as a Subject Matter. Unesco, Harare. 1993 (47 pages).

7.Training Needs of Informal Sector Entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. International Labour Office, Harare. 1993 (63 pages).

8.A Socio-Cultural Study of Population Education in Zimbabwe. Unesco, Harare. 1993(210 pages).

9.Educational Research Capacity and Training Needs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Harare: HRRC, University of Zimbabwe. 1993 (64 pages).

     10.A Study of the Factors Affecting the Education of Women and Girls in Commercial Farming Areas of Zimbabwe by L.M. Nyagura and A.C. Mupawaenda, 1994 (197 pages).

     11.A synthesis of National survey on Basic Education in Eastern and Southern Africa. Prepared for UNESCO Sub-Regional Office for Southern Africa. UNESCO: Harare. 1995; (30 pages).


In recognition of his excellent and visionary leadership and management skills, Professor Nyagura received the following awards:

i. the Zimbabwe Institute of Management Public Services Manager of the Year for 2005.

ii. the Zimbabwe Institute of Management Harare Regional Public Services Manager of the   Year for 2012.

iii.the Zimbabwe Institute of Management Public Services Manager of the Year for 2012.


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