Seventh-Day Adventist Church: Solusi University
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
In 1991, subsequent to the creation by the Zimbabwean Parliament of the National Council for Higher Education, Solusi College submitted an application for establishment as a fully accredited private university. In March 1992, an on-site inspection by members of the National Council, and continuing dialogue of church and college administrators with the National Council and the Ministry of Higher Education led to the gazetting by government, in July 1994, of a charter establishing Solusi University.
On May 4, 1995 in a colourful ceremony attended by hundreds of guests and visiting dignitaries, His Excellency, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, officially presented the Solusi University Charter, and the instruments of authority to the newly installed Chancellor, Dr I.D. Raelly. His Excellency then became the first graduate of Solusi University as recipient of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, in recognition for his personal and public commitment to education, his national and international leadership, and the Christian attributes so evident in his life of service.
In a ceremony on 11 June 1995, at which Dr Ignatius Chombo, Minister of Higher Education, was the honoured guest, Solusi University celebrated its first graduation with seventeen graduates who had transferred from Andrews Degree Programme. In his graduation address Dr Chombo announced that the Solusi University students who are Zimbabwean citizen would, in the future, be eligible for government grants and loans to assist them in their education.
With the establishment of Solusi University as a private university, the granting of Andrews University degrees on the Solusi campus was phased out in August 1998. However, it is expected that some form of linkage with Andrews University as a sister institution will continue for the mutual benefit of both universities.