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Department of Governance and Public Management



Dr Tawanda Zinyama 

Qualifications: PhD (Social Studies, Public Administration), MPA, HAD (UZ); Public Sector Accountancy Course Trainer of Trainers (Public Service Commission and Public Accountants and Auditors Board); Certificate in Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring (Rhodes University), Certificate in National Accountancy (HEXCO); Diploma in Salaries Administration (Stallone Consultancy); Certificate in Research Methodology Training (Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) and University of Zimbabwe (UZ)) and certificates in Introductory Course on Competition Law and Economics (Competition and Tariffs Commission of Zimbabwe).

Key Research Areas: Public finance management, Public policy formulation and analysis, organisation Theory and Management, Local government management, Government auditing and budgeting, Contracting out/ public-private partnerships, Democratic governance
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Chairman's Welcome

The Department of Governance and Public Management is a leading public affairs research and innovation Department at the University of Zimbabwe in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and offers undergraduate, masters and D.Phil. degree programmes.  The Departments mission is to become the leading center for governance and public management needs, research, innovation and industrialisation.

The Department has a long and illustrious history since its establishment during the early years of the University’s existence when it was still a College of the University of London. It was then called the Department of Government and it offered a Bachelor of Science Economics degree. In the early 1970s when the University gained full University status and became the University of Rhodesia the Department changed its name to Political Science. The degree it offered was also changed to the Bachelor of Administration. Candidates were required to take a minimum of four courses in political science and another minimum of four in public administration. In 1982 the Department changed its name to Political and Administrative Studies and renamed the degree BSc Politics and Administration (Honours) degree. In 2004, the degree programme was separated into two: Political Science and Administration. In 2020, in pursuit of Education 5.0, the Department of Governance and Public Management was birthed in place of the old, offering relevant and outcome-based learning.

The Department of Governance and Public Management offers the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Science (hons) in Government and Public Management; and
  • Bachelor of Science (hons) in Political Science and Diplomacy.
  • Masters of Science in International Trade and Diplomacy,
  • Masters of Science in Politics and International Relations
  • Masters of Science in in Public Policy and Governance.
  • MPhil
  • DPhil/PhD

The Department offers a scholarly and business environment with rich expertise in staff and a well advanced infrastructure. Our programmes are a stepping stone into a wide array of careers in government, business, international organizations and NGOs among others. The Department is strategically networked and located within a global and local network that exposes students to real life scenarios, bureaucratic positions and international trends. Its scope of research and innovation is in policy and practice at various public and private spheres.

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