Africa University is an independent pan-African institution of higher learning located in Mutare, Zimbabwe. It received its Charter in 1992 and was established in March of the same year with support from the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The University was established to meet the need for an institution of higher learning with a pan-African profile as identified by the United Methodist Church during its 1988 Annual Conference debate on higher education in all areas of its operation throughout the world. By 1992, the General Conference had approved the University's location in Mutare. Operations started with the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Faculty of Theology.
The mission of the University is to provide higher education of the highest quality to students and trainees from all over Africa and equip them for leadership roles they are expected to play in the new millennium. In the 2000-2001 academic year, the University had a student enrolment of 900 from 16 African countries. It had an international academic and administrative staff of 22 nationalities representing a diverse intellectual orientation of African professionals. It also had staff from Asia, Europe and North America. Particular efforts are being made to attract more female staff. When fully operational, the University aims to have international students representing at least 60 percent of its total enrolment. Currently, female students account for approximately 50 percent of the total enrolment.
There are six operational faculties at the University namely, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management and Administration,Theology and Health Sciences. The seventh faculty, namely Science and Technology is expected to be operational soon. An Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance was approved by the Board of Directors to provide training, research and consultancy in peace, leadership and governance. The Institute among other things, offers post-graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The Institute enrolled its pionner students in March 2003 and now it opened its doors to the third set of students.
IPLG`s work is guided by an International board chaired by Salim Ahmed Salim,former Secretary General of the OAU. The purpose of IPLG is to train participants to develop ways to prevent and resolve conflict and to sustain global peace. IPLG has risen to the challenge a new kind of training is required to prepare the future leaders of Africa to deal with the shifting dynamics emerging from the social, political and ecenomic challenges of the new millenium.
Members of the Board of Directors of Africa University come from various parts of Africa, U.S. and Europe.
Africa University is poised to play a major role in forging social and economic transformation in Africa through its innovative and need-based curricula that addresses pressing and contemporary issues on the continent.