The future of higher education in Zimbabwe: a constantly moving target
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Higher education in Zimbabwe began in the 1950s with the establishment of the University of Zimbabwe (then known as the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland) being the first institution to offer university education. Since then there has been a rapid growth of universities, particularly after in 1990. What can be discerned from this growth of tertiary education is that the practice of imparting education to students is a consistently changing process in every society. What used to be traditional methods of imparting knowledge and skills to students are evolving, and Zimbabwe is not an exception to this change. The common brick and mortar institutions associated with modern education are now disrupted and at the same time complemented by new technologies. This disruption began with open distance learning. This article proffers insights into how the higher education (HE) system in Zimbabwe should continuously tap into this disruptive innovation initiated by new technologies. By constantly integrating new technologies in HE, Zimbabwe can maintain high standards associated with her globally renowned education system.