Vice Chancellor's Department

Professor Pardon K. Kuipa (Vice Chancellor)

Educational Qualifications

Prof. Kuipa holds an Msc Degree in Chemical Engineering (with Distinction) from Ivanovo Institute of Chemical Engineering (Russia) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Bradford University (UK). He is a Chartered Engineer, registered with the Engineering Council (UK) and with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe.

Work Experience

Prior to his appointment as Pro Vice Chancellor for Chinhoyi University of Technology, Prof. Kuipa was a Senior Lecturer and Dean respectively (Faculty of Industrial Technology) at the National University of Science and Technology.

Research Interest

His research interests cover: Solvent Extraction Fundamentals, Industrial Effluent Characterisation and Treatment, Membrane Extraction (Liquids) Electrical Dehydration of Water in Oil Emalsions, Beneficiation of Kaolin clays, Transesterification of oils/fats using solid catalysts to produce biodiesel and saleable glycerol. Prof. Kuipa has supervised over five M. Phil students, who have successfully completed their theses and graduated. Currently he is supervising four PhD students at Chinhoyi University of Technology. He has over twenty nine publications.

Dr Nomathemba Ndiweni (Pro Vice Chancellor)

Dr Ndiweni holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Biochemistry (UZ)Graduate Certificate in Education (UZ), M. Phil in Biochemistry (Cambridge) and PhD in Biochemical Immunology from the University of Bristol. She also holds several certificates in Supervisory Management and Higher Education Management.

Until her recent appointment Dr Ndiweni was a Dean and Senior Lecturer at the Medical School, Division of Basic Medical Sciences at the National University of Science and Technology. Previously, she has served as a Lecturer (Veterinary Biochemistry) and Staff Development Fellow in Veterinary Biochemistry at the University of Zimbabwe. She has also sat in various Boards including : Mpilo Central Hospital Research Council of Zimbabwe and the Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe. She is also an External Examiner for several Universities. Dr Ndiweni’s research interests cover: Antioxidant status and health; Variation of vitamins A and E in various human diseases, Xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes in wildlife; Charaterisation of ostrich and crocodile enzymes, Metabolic regulation in trypanosomes; Regulation of transformation from the bloodstream form to the procylic trypomastigotes, Vitamins A, E/Selenium biochemistry; effects on health and productivity of cattle.

Dr. Getrude Nyakutse (Assistant to the Vice Chancellor)

Dr. Getrude Nyakutse holds a PhD in Education from Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria), a Masters degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Psychometry from the University of Georgia (Athens, USA).  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (London) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (UZ).

Prior to appointment at LSU as Senior Lecturer, Acting Pro Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor, Nyakutse had served as Dean of Faculty of Education at the University of Swaziland and as a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University.  Other work experiences include teaching at a Teachers’ Training College and secondary schools.

Research interest is mainly in the area of teaching and teachers; characteristics that make one an effective teacher as well as identifying conditions in the school environment that constitute a basic minimum requirement for schools to be effective.  The objective is to come up with a template to help schools achieve the desired results.

Currently Nyakutse serves in four local Boards in the Bulawayo community.

Mr Vusumuzi Maphosa (I.C.T.S Director)

The Information and Communications Technology Services (ICTS) department is the sole provider of ICT services at LSU to ensure sound administration, teaching, and research based learning. The department therefore aims to develop a network infrastructure that enables the university harness knowledge to improve its teaching and enhance its research endeavours.

Vision

The vision of the ICTS Department is to provide a facilitation role to the institution in the application of information and communication technology so that LSU is ranked among premier universities in sound teaching, research and learning.

Mission

The mission of the ICTS Department is to acquire, install, coordinate and maintain communication technology and information resources to meet the needs of the university community and its stakeholders.

Objectives

In carrying out its mission, the ICTS department will always endeavour to

  • Coordinate the provision of ICTS to support and drive LSU’s strategic plan.
  • Apply information technology to enhance, develop and accelerate provision of services that support staff and students in executing their daily work.
  • Provide security and manage risks associated with the use of ICTS systems to facilitate efficient and accurate access to information
  • Provide appropriate information technology training to university staff so as to improve utilization of new information and technologies.
  • To continually improve the university’s network infrastructure, hardware and operational information systems so that the university is abreast with other regional institutions.

Mr Z. Dhlamini (Director)

This is the information hub as well as the custodian of the corporate image of Lupane State University. The Information and Public Relations office is in the Vice Chancellor’s office and its functions permeate the entire University. The core responsibilities are:

  • University spokesperson
  • Marketing
  • Community and schools liaison
  • Management of Lupane State University’s corporate image
  • Production of Publications and marketing materials
  • Public Relations
  • Fund raising and Development
  • Internal and External events management
  • Media Management and liaison

Vision

To create a brilliant future for Lupane State University in which both internal and external stakeholders thrive and benefit mankind, a future in which Lupane State University is the recognised leader among Universities in research based knowledge, teaching and learning.

Core Values

  • Ubuntu
  • Passion
  • Integrity
  • Customer Focused Excellence
  • Continuous improvement
  • Public Responsibility

Mr H.B. Ndlovu (Director)

The department is still very small both on construction management and technical staff in maintenance. The LSU Campus is still under construction but the institution is presently housed at the NRZ training centre. This department is tasked with planning any future projects, managing current projects and the general estates. The Department has four main areas of focus and responsibility:

Project Management

As a fairly new university the Campus is still very much under construction. This is the core critical function of the department. The functions here are project design, supervision and contract management. To date under this function the department has completed the university master plan, project briefs for all buildings and only one building (Faculty of Agriculture) has started construction.The construction is actually to be done in phases.Phase one consist of this Faculty, Senior Staff Houses(in part), Junior Staff Houses(in part) and the Vice-Chancellor's House.

Maintenance and Renovations

The department is responsible for maintenance of all university buildings and infrastructure. Presently the Department relays on outside contractors to do all maintenance works but will soon employ its own skilled personnel who will be available full time. These will include carpenters, electricians, plumbers etc. We will set up workshops for each trade in the future.

Facilities Management

This section is tasked with managing the available space in the university. As a campus that is still under construction, there is the perennial problem of space shortage, sharing of space, time tabling problems, demand for specialised space etc. To date this has been the greatest challenge the Department has faced more so with increase in programmes.

Transport and Vehicle Maintenance

This section of the department is tasked with acquisition and maintenance of the university fleet which will eventually comprise of a wide range of vehicles – buses, trucks, saloons, pick-ups, coaches and motor bikes. We order our own fuel and oil in bulk to save cost. We have a Transport officer who runs the fleet with drivers. The departmental establishment is still very small. It comprises the Acting Director, Clerk of Works, Site and Transport Officer,Carpenters, Senior Secretary, Drivers, and grounds staff.

Mr. J. Tapera (MIODZ)  (Acting Director)

The Quality Assurance Directorate was established in March 2016 with the core mandate of formulating and implementing quality assurance policies that facilitate a continuous improvement of academic provision within Lupane State University. The Directorate was also mandated to develop a framework that would facilitate its interaction with other units within the University and external stakeholders in implementing the various quality assurance interventions.

Quality Assurance Directorate Mission Statement

To create consciousness of quality standards and best practices, and promote adherence (compliance) thereto for the efficient and effective delivery of teaching, learning and research, and overall governance of the University in order to safeguard and continuously enhance the quality and standards of Lupane State University awards.

The Quality Assurance Directorate Mandate

The scope of Quality Assurance Directorate’s work includes the following:

  • Developing quality assurance processes and procedures to ensure that the quality of academic provision and standards of University awards are maintained;
  • Setting clear and explicit performance standards in all aspects of University functions. These standards are points of reference which will guide quality reviews;
  • Monitoring the implementation of QA processes as per the set standards;
  • Spearheading and coordinating internal self-evaluation of both academic and support provision in the University.
  • Analysis of self-evaluation reports and identification of issues arising therefrom that need attention for improvement;
  • Facilitation of external evaluation of the University and accreditation of academic programmes by statutory and professional bodies;
  • Monitoring implementation of recommendations arising from internal and external evaluation;
  • Monitoring trends in QA matters regionally and internationally and advising the University.
  • Synthesis of new approaches to QA matters informed by research in higher education matters.

The detail of how this mandate is to be achieved is set out in the Lupane State University Quality Assurance Policy, which is available here:

Introduction
The Internal Audit Section was established in April 2014 in an effort to comply with good corporate governance. The Section reports to the Vice-Chancellor administratively and functionally to the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Council. It assists the Council and the University management in discharging their governance responsibilities by:
a. Performing reviews of the University’s governance processes.
b. Performing objective assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management and internal controls.
c. Systematically analyzing and evaluating business processes and associated controls, and
d. Providing a source of information regarding fraud, corruption, unethical behavior and irregularities

Role of Internal Audit
The role of internal audit derive from the definition of ‘Internal Auditing’. Internal auditing is defined by the Institute of Internal Auditors as, an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. This is achieved through bringing a systematic, objective and disciplined approach in the evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. From the definition two distinct activities, assurance and consulting activities, can be noticed. These activities define the role of internal auditing. International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing define Assurance activity as a ‘service which involves the internal auditor’s objective assessment of evidence to provide an independent conclusions regarding a process, system or other subject matter. The nature and scope is determined by the internal auditor. While consulting activity is defined by the same standard as a service which is advisory in nature generally performed at the specific request of an engagement client. The nature and scope of the engagement is subject to agreement with engagement client. The role of Lupane State University is therefore to provide the two types of services to the Council and the executive management. Assurance service is generally provided to the Council through the Audit and Risk Committee. The objective of assurance service is to assure the Council on the integrity of information, systems and governance processes while consulting service is generally performed at the specific request of the executive management. In executing its role, the internal audit is guided by a Council approved Internal Audit Charter.

OBJECTIVE OF INTERNAL AUDIT

The objective of Internal Auditing is to assist the Council and executive management in the effective discharge of their responsibilities. To this end, the Internal Audit function furnishes management with analyses, appraisals, recommendations, counsel, and information concerning activities reviewed. To achieve this objective, Internal Audit will have free and unrestricted access to all University functions, records, physical facilities and personnel.
Authority of Internal Audit

As stated in the Lupane State University’s Internal Audit Charter, the Internal Audit function reports administratively to the Vice Chancellor and functionally to the Audit and Risk Management Committee. More detail regarding the authority of the Internal Audit Function is explained in the approved Charter.
Internal Audit is a staff function and has neither direct responsibility for, nor authority over, any of the activities reviewed. Therefore, an Internal Audit review in no way relieves management of any assigned responsibilities.
Because performance of line responsibility may compromise objectivity and independence, the Internal Audit does not perform non-audit work except under unavoidable circumstances. The Internal Audit is assigned the responsibility for carrying out an internal audit program as defined under ‘Responsibility of Internal Audit’ paragraph. This responsibility includes coordinating internal audit activities with external auditors and others to best achieve organisational and auditing objectives.
All requests for special (unscheduled) audits will be directed to the Chief Internal Auditor.

Responsibility of Internal Audit

while the responsibility to prevent fraud and abuse of University resources, setting up of a control framework and compliance rests with the executive management, the Internal Audit function is charged with the responsibility to:
• Evaluate the University’s governance processes
• Conduct an objective assessment of the effectiveness of risk management processes and internal controls framework
• Systematically analyze and evaluate business processes and associated controls
• Assess risks of fraud, corruption, unethical behavior and other irregularities
• Report to the executive management and Audit and Risk Committee on the observed situations and recommendation thereof made.
For more information on the on the purpose, authority, and responsibility of the Internal Audit within Lupane State University, you are kindly referred to the attached approved Lupane State University Internal Audit Charter.

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