memberlogin

Arrupe College Breaks Ground

K2The transformation of Arrupe College into a fully fledged university is expected to open avenues for internationally acclaimed Jesuit professors to be attached to the Jesuits Institution. 

Aruppe College is an affiliate of the University of Zimbabwe but has since applied to the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education for university status. The College will be the second Jesuit University in Africa after Loyola University in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Jesuits are a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church.

In an interview with The Sunday Mail Society, last week, Aruppe College Principal, Father Kizito Kiyimba said their institution will be part of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) network of 300 Universities worldwide which boasts of professors who specialise in various academic disciplines. "This is not only our (Arrupe College) initiative as you might be aware that the Society of Jesus is one of the world's largest and most influential Roman Catholic religious orders. Our world Jesuit leader Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal is aware of this development.

"When we become a university, we will automatically belong to a global network of Jesuit universities meaning we will be in a position to attract Jesuit professors from all over the world. "As Jesuits, we operate by obedience. If a Jesuit is instructed to go anywhere in the world he can't resist. That is part of our oath and this is how we operate. "We are guaranteed that Jesuit professors will come here and they will not be teaching at Arrupe only but at any other Zimbabwean university," said Fr Kiyimba.

He highlighted that Zimbabwe was among the few African countries that have many Jesuit administered schools at primary and secondary level. "The university will create a platform of continuing with the Jesuit education not only to Catholics but to every Zimbabwean. "It will operate like our Jesuit schools that include; St. Ignatius College, St. George's College, St. Peter's Mbare, St. Peters Kubatana, Makumbi, and Musami . "The schools have been producing world class students over the years hence the university will continue with the good work," he said.

Fr Kiyimba expressed confidence in the quality of education that they provide as they await approval from Zimche. "We are more than ready to provide Zimbabweans with quality Jesuit education under a friendly environment. Everything is in place and we are ready to hit the ground running anytime. "We will not be giving out degrees easily (and) this is according to our philology. We will by all means encourage hard work and group work. "Our focus is not only on intellectuals, we will not only take the best and do the obvious but we will also consider the average and the weak and help them realise how good they are," said Fr Kiyimba.

Dean of Studies at Arrupe College, Dr Evaristus Ekwueme said locals will benefit immensely from Arrupe University. "So far we have a well furnished state of the art language library and an online examination centre, the first in Zimbabwe. Before the centre, people used to go to South Africa for online examinations but now it's nearby.

"Our main thrust as an institution is to bring the world to Zimbabwe and taking Zimbabwe to the world through our world class programs and infrastructure," he said. Last month, at the institution's 20th academic assembly, the College Rector, Fr Gibson Munyoro, announced that the institution will soon become an independent university as part of its growth strategy.

The event saw 59 students graduating, 20 with BA Honours in Philosophy, 12 Masters in Philosophy and 27 short courses on Ignatian Spirituality and Practice of prayer.

 

by Desire Ncube | Sunday Mail

News and Events

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

August 14, 2017

Celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with Zambuko House

Celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with Zambuko House

The Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province joyfully celebrated the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with over 400 congregants, on th... Read more

August 14, 2017

Père E. Foro, SJ:« Heureux d'avoir servi, heureux de servir»

Père E. Foro, SJ:« Heureux d'avoir servi, heureux de servir»

Honoré Onana Olah, SJ Le père Emmanuel Foro, SJ vient de passer six années à Hekima College, une institution jésuite ba... Read more

August 14, 2017

Burkina-Faso: Ordination presbytérale de Alain GOURANE, SJ

Burkina-Faso: Ordination presbytérale de Alain GOURANE, SJ

Basile OUEDRAOGO, SJ "Nous avons 7 nouveaux prêtres !" Telle était l'affirmation de Monseigneur Léopold OUEDRAOGO Evêqu... Read more

August 10, 2017

Père Paul BERE : Maître de Conférences au CAMES !

Père Paul BERE : Maître de Conférences au CAMES !

Le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l'Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES), sur présentation des dossiers de candidature par ... Read more

August 10, 2017

From the President's desk: Announcing a JESAM Self-Assessment

From the President's desk: Announcing a JESAM Self-Assessment

One of the mandates of GC 36 to the Conferences of the Society of Jesus was to undertake a study of their way of proceed... Read more

August 10, 2017

JASCNET in ANW: Annual Meeting of Social Apostolate

JASCNET in ANW: Annual Meeting of Social Apostolate

                                  &... Read more

August 10, 2017

Updates from Loyola House - AOR Province

By Fr. Lawrence Kyaligonza, SJ Just in a span of three days, we enjoyed two superb celebrations. On 29th July, Fr. Tria... Read more

August 10, 2017

From ANW Province: Vows and Ordinations

From ANW Province: Vows and Ordinations

By Eyrah Foli, SJ                             &nb... Read more

August 10, 2017

From ZIM Province: Three Jesuits Ordained

Three Zimbabwe-Mozambique Jesuits Ernesto Graciano SJ, Inos Chimire SJ and Clemence Mutimutema SJ were ordained to pries... Read more

Featured Articles

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

January 21, 2016

Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – This update originally appeared on the JRS International website. Yesterday, Pope Franc... Read more

January 20, 2016

South Sudan: from Lost Boys to leaders

JRS Eastern Africa Juba, 8 January 2016 In the late 1980's and early 1990's, more than 20,000 boys and girls who fled S... Read more

April 17, 2015

Ongwen’s Surrender and its Implications for Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

By Magara Ibrahim Sakawa- Extract from the Peace Dialogue HIPSIR Since 1989,Northern Uganda has suffered from armed con... Read more

April 13, 2015

Web launching of edujesuit.org

Web launching of edujesuit.org The Society of Jesus and the right to education for everyone: Madrid (Spain), April... Read more

March 11, 2015

JRS: Ethiopia: Photos from Mai Aini refugee camp

Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia is home to more than 18,000 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. (Images from C... Read more

March 11, 2015

Jesuits Martyrs in Africa

Jesuits have a tradition of working in some of the most dangerous places and in Africa they can be very often be found i... Read more

March 11, 2015

Aids in Africa: An overview by AJAN

On 5 June 2011, the world marked an unhappy anniversary: 30 years since the first diagnosed case of what would later bec... Read more

Copyright © 2017 JESAM - Jesuit Superiors Of Africa and Madagascar. You may not produce , reproduce, publish, broadcast, rewrite in full or part or communicate any of the content on this website, images, including files downloadable from this website, without the permission of the copyright owner Jesuits Africa and Madagascar. All Rights Reserved. Powered By Heartbit