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Arrupe College – Curriculum Review and the Future!

Gilbert Mardai SJ | Arrupe College

Following the invitation of Fr Adolfo Nicolás (then Superior General of the Society of Jesus) to carry out a Curriculum Review, Arrupe College embarked on that exercise. A lot of work was put into it and in March 2017 that review was submitted to JESAM and in turn JESAM would submit it to the General.

At the same time, given that Arrupe College is an Associate College of the University of Zimbabwe, we had to submit our curriculum review to the Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy, of the Faculty of Arts, University of Zimbabwe.

With this communique we are pleased to let you know that the Acting Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy notified Arrupe College that the Departmental Board 'sat and approved [our] Curriculum Review Programmes.' The notification went on to say that the Department was pleased to note that 'the review was in line with the current market demands'. This is indeed very good news and we are going to start the new academic year 2017-2018 by implementing the changes made in our curriculum. It noteworthy to recognize the roles played by the different parties in the College to carry out this all important exercise.

In a special way, gratitude is to our Dean, Fr Evaristus Ekwueme SJ, who tirelessly followed up this process and to ensure that it was completed in time, and for holding a number of meetings with the Department at the University of Zimbabwe under which Arrupe College falls.

In the meantime, Arrupe College needed to renew its Associate Status with the University of Zimbabwe. This process normally takes time. But again, we are pleased to announce that the Acting Deputy Registrar (Academic) – University of Zimbabwe (UZ) – sent us a five-page Memorandum of Agreement for Associate Status, signed by the Registrar and the Vice-Chancellor of UZ. This Memorandum was also duly signed by the Rector and the Principal of Arrupe College.

The first paragraph of the document states: 'Memorandum of Agreement for Associate Status between the University of Zimbabwe (herewith referred to as "the University") and Arrupe College (hereinafter referred as the "associate Institution") for administration of University-approved courses and University-conferred diploma and degree programmes of study in Religious Studies for the period 21 June 2017 – 20 May 2022.'

Bear in mind that we are in the process of seeking accreditation from the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) to become an independent degree awarding institution. While this process is going on, it is important that we can still continue to operate under our current status with the UZ and that is why it was important to get our status renewed. We thank the Principal, Fr Kizito Kiyimba SJ, for all the running up and down seeking appointments and audiences with the relevant authorities of the UZ in order to get our status renewed.

Please keep us in prayer as we start our new academic year. This is going to be a crucial year for us as we expect to be visited by ZIMCHE, who will assess us and determine whether we meet the standards required to be granted the accreditation to become an independent degree awarding institution. We shall keep you posted on how things evolve.

Thank you!

 

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