Civic Honour for Vice Chancellor
The Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvobgo was on Friday, 08 April, conferred with Civic Honours by Masvingo City Council for rendering long and meritorious public work, and bringing distinction to the City.
In a citation read by the Mayor of Masvingo, Councillor Hubert Pfidze, it was revealed that the City had resolved to honour Professor Zvobgo as its appreciation for his contribution towards Education and Training Development and public work in Masvingo over a period of many years. With the honour, Professor Zvobgo ‘s name was entered into Masvingo City Council’s Civic Honours Book. The Vice Chancellor also signed the Civic Honours Book and was presented with a certificate and casket containing the scroll on which the citation for the Civic Honours is inscribed.
The full citation reads: “CIVIC BOOK OF HONOURS: Where as the Council of the City on the 17th day of November 2015 resolved to record the names of those citizens whom it considered to have rendered long and meritorious public work in the City or had distinction to it.
“Now these presents witness, that in pursuance thereof and of a resolution of the Council Duly passed on the 17th day of November 2015 the name of: Professor Jonas Rungano Zvobgo is now inscribed in this Book of Civic Honours as a mark of the City’s appreciation towards Education and Training Development and public work in Masvingo over a period of many years”.
Since October 2012, when he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Great Zimbabwe University, Professor Zvobgo through sheer imagination and great determination has helped transform the University from a little known institution into a leading national and international academic brand.
As part of its enormous transformation, the University bought and renovated buildings in the City and turned them into state of the art facilities. The University also built from scratch new buildings such as the Hebert Chitepo Law School and the upcoming Robert Mugabe School of Education. The result of the renovations and construction of the new buildings added a fresh and colourful look to the look and ambience of the city. Besides the buildings, the rapid growth of the University in terms of student and staff population, from 5 500 in 2012 to the current 16 000, has brought with it vast economic benefits to enterprising residents and businesses.