Rungano Zvobgo

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BornRungano Jonas Zvobgo
(1949-12-27) December 27, 1949 (age 73)
Masvingo, Zimbabwe
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe
OccupationVice Chancellor
EmployerGreat Zimbabwe University

Professor Rungano Jonas Zvobgo is a Zimbabwean academic who is the current Vice Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University (GZU). He was the Midlands State University's (MSU) Pro-Vice Chancellor for thirteen years from 1999-2012.


Prof. Rungano Zvobgo was born on 27 December 1949 in Masvingo, Zimbabwe.


Universities attended and Qualifications obtained:

  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education – University of Edinburgh (UK) (1977 – 1980)
  • M. Phil in Education – Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) (1976 – 1977)
  • M.A. in English – University of Delhi (India) (1994 – 1995)
  • B.A. (Hons) Degree in English – University of Delhi (1971 – 1974)
  • Grad. C.E. University of Zimbabwe.
  • Certificate in Educational Administration and Management – George Brown College’Toronto (1990)


Employment and Experience

  • Currently Vice Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University (2012-date)
  • Thirteen years as Pro Vice Chancellor of the Midlands State University (1999 -2012)
  • Four years as Principal of Gweru Teachers Training College (1996 – 1999)
  • Seven years as Principal of Mutare Teachers Training College.(1989 – 1995)
  • One year six months as Vice Principal of Masvingo Teachers Training College (1987 – December


  • Five years as Vice Principal of Mkoba Teachers Training College (1982 to 1987)
  • One year six months as Principal Lecturer in Charge of Zintec Programme in the Midlands Province (1981 to December 1982)

Professional Experience

Rungano Zvobgo is the second Vice Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University from 2012 to date. His tenure was extended by the then Chancellor, the late former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe in 2017 for another 6 years.[1] He is responsible for the efficient administration of the University and provision of essential services in the areas of academic service, administrative service and discipline. He is the founding Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Midlands State University from December 1999 to 2012. He is also the founding principal of the Degree Programme at Gweru Teachers College in association with the University of Zimbabwe from January 1997 to December 1999.



  1. Transforming Education – The Zimbabwean Experience 1986 College Press, Harare.
  2. Colonialism and Education in Zimbabwe 1994, Sapes Trust Harare.
  3. Fundamental Principles of Management 1995 UNICEF, Harare
  4. State Ideology and Education 1997 Mambo Press, Gweru
  5. The Post Colonial State and Educational Reform – Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana 2000 Zimbabwe Publishing House, Harare.
  6. The Organization and Administration of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe 2004 Zimbabwe Open University Harare
  7. Contextualizing the curriculum – The Zimbabwean Experience 2007 College Press Harare
  8. Contemporary Issues in Education- 2014 College Press Harare

Papers published in accredited journals

  1. “The Impact of ESAP on Education in Zimbabwe” The Zimbabwe Bulletin of Teacher Education Journal Volume 12 Issue No. 2. 2003.
  2. “Reflections on Zimbabwe’s search for a relevant Education Curriculum” The Dyke Journal of the Midlands State University Vol.1 No. 1. 2004
  3. “After School then what?. Government and Private Sector Intervention in Youth Job Training in Zimbabwe” The Dyke Journal of the Midlands State University 2008.
  4. “Education and the challenge of Independence” Ibbo Mandaza (ed) Zimbabwe – The Political Economy of Transition 1980 – 1986 Dakar Codesria 1986.
  5. “Education and social-Economic Development” Education in Zimbabwe Past, Present and Future. ZIMFEP. 1983 The Dag Hammerskjold foundation Harare
  6. “Post Independence Reform Initiatives in Zimbabwe: Reform of the Education Sector” Mike Beveridge, Kenneth King, Rob Palmer and Ruth Wedgwood Reintegrating Education Skills and work in Africa Towards Informal or knowledge economies? Towards Autonomy or Dependency in Development? Centre of African Studies University of Edinburgh 2005.

Conference papers

  1. “Zimbabwe – The Education Dilemma” Paper presented at the SIDA Conference on Education and Development held at Sheraton International Conference Centre, Harare 19 October, 1995
  2. Educating for Peace - Curriculum Development Workshop for peace and leadership Education in Universities in Zimbabwe Montclaire Hotel Zvobgo, R.J. and Ndawi, O.P. 14 – 17 February, 2006
  3. The Management of Higher Education in Development : Paper read at the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Universities held at the River Nile Resort hotel, Jinya, Uganda June 24, 2003
  4. "The nexus between Africa's natural resources, development and security" paper presented at 10th Conference of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2013


  1. 2nd Prize winner of the Zimbabwe Book Publishing Association Award for Non Fiction – Academic writing for the year 2000
  2. Winner of the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association Literary Awards: Best Academic, Humanities and Social Science for the year 2007
  3. First Runner Up, Zimbabwe Institute of Management (ZIM) Manager of the year 2012- Bulawayo Region.
  4. Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Transformational Leader of the year 2012- Midlands Region.
  5. The LASOF Career and Leadership Legacy Builder Award , Harare, 2013
  6. Megafest Harare Region Top 20 Influential men in Business, 2013.
  7. The Manager of the year Award, European Association of Rectors, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2013.
  8. Best Quality Leadership Award 2014, Las Vegas USA
  9. The Global Award for Perfection Quality and Ideal Performance, 2014, Berlin, Germany.
  10. Masvingo City Council Quasqicentennial Awards- Outstanding Contribution to Masvingo.
  11. African Leadership Magazine, African Leadership Medal of Honour, United States of America, 2016.
  12. African Leadership Magazine, Induction into Hall of Fame for Pioneering Excellence and Innovation in Tertiary Education in Africa, Atlanta-Georgia, USA, 2016.
  13. Megafest Vice Chancellor of the Year 2016.


  1. George Maponga, [1], The Herald, Published: 21 September, 2017, Accessed: 8 April, 2020

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