The mandate of the Geography Department is to promote the teaching and learning of all current and future programmes which include Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Development Studies, Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Disaster Management Sciences, Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sustainability, Master of Science Degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Master of Science in Disaster Risk Management and Master of Science in Sustainable Developemnt among other Geography related courses offered by the University. The teaching and learning processes embrace both the theoretical, the technical and practical aspects with internership to cement the development of knowledge and skills provided by the curricula. The outcome is to produce knowledgeable, skilled, innovative and entrepreneurial graduates through teaching and research innovation; and sustainably develop products and services for industrialisation and community transformation.
Thus, the Department endevears to pursue and achieve its mandate through scientific research and publication on current and topical issues as well as through collaborations, engaging in university and community extension services. Stakeholder involvement and participation through setting up of MOUs is being done to achieve the desired goals. Both staff and students are to be fully equiped with geospatial analytical skills some of which are acquired through some short courses introduced in the Department.
The Geography Department seeks to be an internationally renowned Department producing transformative and innovative graduates with geospatial analytical skills to sustainably develop communities.
To produce knowledgeable, skilled, innovative and entrepreneurial graduates through teaching and research innovation; and sustainably develop products and services for industrialisation and community transformation.
As Geography Department works towards achieving the set Vision and Mission, it embraces the following values for both staff and students:
- Integrity – Truthfulness, honesty, ethical
- Teamwork – Respect, trust, mutual accountability, tolerance, complementing, cooperation, caring, receptiveness, solidarity
- Student centeredness – Empathy, compassion, responsive, respect
- Commitment – Dedication, loyalty, sacrifice
- Diversity – Inclusivity
- Innovativeness – Originality
Geography Department is a vibrant Department that seeks to be internationally renowned producing knowledgeable, transformative, innovative and entrepreneurial graduates with geospatial analytical skills, to sustainably develop products and services for industrialisation and community transformation through teaching, research and extension. The department mainly consists of Doctors and Professors with a diversity of research experiences evidenced by numerous publications in high impact international journals. Research focuses on current and topical issues which include climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable environmental management.The Department develops and runs undergraduate programmes such as Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Disaster Management Sciences and Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Development Studies and Geosciences. Postgraduate programmes include Master of Science in Natural Resources Mangement and Environmental Sustainability, Master of Science in Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Master of Science in Disaster Risk Mangement. PhDs are also offered in relevant fields.
The Department promotes collaborative work both internally and externally. It scooped a DELPHI grant (2009-2012) worth eighty-nine thousand pounds during a collaboration with BRAC University (Bangladesh) and Northumbria Universities (UK). The grant resulted in two PhD graduates, the establishment of new programmes, a series of workshops and a successful International Disaster Management Conference. The Department is also collaborating with the World Vision in a grant project on ‘Enhancing Disaster Preparedness in Most Vulnerable Flood Prone Districts of Zimbabwe through Multi-Level Capacity Building – ECHO HIP Project (2018-2020). Other extension services done include ‘Disaster Education and Community Resilience to Flooding in Zimbabwe, Building Community Resilience in flood-prone communities of Zimbabweand Reducing Vulnerability to flooding in rural communities of Zimbabwe. The Department was also awarded a local Bindura Univerity of Science education Grant (ESG/01/18) for GIS based Municipality of Bindura Utility Management System, Zimbabwe and several other research awarded. Geography Department has strong GIS and Remote Sensing experts who lead in outreach programmes for capacity building including flood hazard mapping. Some collaborations are underway with the World Bank. The local BUSE Weather Station is providing weather information to local farmers and the national grid.