About National University of Science and Technology (NUST)

Historical Evolution of NUST

The concept of establishing a second university in Zimbabwe emerged in June 1982, spurred by concerns over high failure rates at the University of Zimbabwe during 1980 and 1981. It wasn’t until late 1987 that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor W. J. Kamba, initiated discussions about the need for a feasibility study on a second university. The resulting Commission recommended the establishment of a “Second University with a Science and Technology bias” in Bulawayo, admitting its first students in 1993.

The Government of Zimbabwe, after receiving the Commission’s report in 1989, endorsed the recommendations, except for the timing of the first student intake, which was later set for May 1991. Despite challenges and delays, the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) officially opened its doors in April 1991 with three faculties: Commerce, Industrial Technology, and Applied Sciences.

NUST’s inaugural academic year saw 270 students and 28 academic staff, marking the beginning of a transformative journey. The University’s mission to become a leading institution in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, and globally became evident in its emphasis on cultural values, fair-mindedness, understanding, tolerance, and respect.

On May 19, 1991, Professor P. M. Makhurane assumed the role of the first Vice-Chancellor, with Mr Lameck Sithole and Mr Michael Kariwo appointed as the first Bursar and Registrar, respectively. The University continued to grow, with a significant public ceremony held on October 28, 1991, to install its first Chancellor, President R. G. Mugabe, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Phinias Makhurane.

NUST’s commitment to academic excellence was showcased in the 1992/93 academic year, admitting an additional 300 students and expanding to over 1200 students by 1995. The first Graduation Ceremony in 1995 marked a historic moment, conferring the Doctor of Technology honorary degree upon President R.G. Mugabe.

The University faced challenges in its construction phase, with a generous donation from the Bulawayo City Council and government funding facilitating progress. The official campus move occurred on August 1, 1998, with the Faculty of Commerce and Administration Buildings hosting the first lectures on August 17, 1998.

Acknowledging the contributions of dedicated individuals who served on sub-committees and in various capacities, NUST’s journey reflects a commitment to shaping the future of higher education in Zimbabwe.

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