Women's University in Africa
Women's University in Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe
WUA is a private institution that was co-founded by two visionaries Professor Hope Cynthia Sadza, a former Public Service Commissioner and Dr Fay King Chung the former Minister of Education in Zimbabwe. It was established in 2002 and granted a Charter by the Government of Zimbabwe in 2004. It has satellite campuses in Bulawayo, Marondera, Kadoma and Mutare in Zimbabwe and an Open Distance Learning programme for students in Malawi and Zambia and it counted 5,600 students in 2021.
WUA’s vision is to be the best University in Africa in the promotion of gender equity. Its mission is to provide quality tuition, research, service to the community, innovation and industrialisation to empower mostly female students for leadership and developmental roles. WUA is guided by its core values which are honesty, integrity, professionalism, accountability and teamwork. WUA seeks to enhance women’s capacity through the provision of higher education which enables women to fulfil political, economic, social and leadership roles free from the gender based violence.
WUA is the only women’s university in the region that is directly tackling the problem of women’s access to university education. Its enrolment policy of 85% women and 15% men is contributing towards the 50:50 gender participation ratio enunciated in the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The University considers the empowerment of women to be absolutely critical for substantive economic growth and improved democratic governance. WUA is developing as a multi-disciplinary institution focusing on fostering gender equality and reducing gender disparity in higher education, through empowering women in a variety of fields.