Media Release

 

teaching/learning to continue online 

Nashville, TN - March 24, 2020—Africa University is moving its teaching, learning and related activities online to ensure that students' academic progress continues uninterrupted. The university ceased normal operations and had its students leave the main campus on March 24 in adherence to a directive closing all colleges and universities, issued by the Government of Zimbabwe on March 19. University staff in roles that are deemed essential are reporting to work at the  main campus at Old Mutare.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at Africa University. On March 23, Zimbabwean authorities announced that one of the two individuals in the country who were confirmed to have the coronavirus had died. Those two cases were located in the resort town of Victoria Falls and in the capital, Harare. National health officials are  working to  identify everyone with whom these two individuals may have come into contact.

Africa University has been proactive in building its capacity to deliver instruction to its students online. Most of its programs are accessible via online distance learning.

Being pan-African in nature, Africa University is collaborating with the relevant embassies in Harare to address the welfare of its students from outside Zimbabwe. A number of students are facing challenges in returning to their home countries due to travel restrictions and financial constraints.

Precautions and  practices to combat the  spread of the coronavirus outbreak—as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the  Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—have been implemented on the  Africa University campus. These protocols are being updated on an ongoing basis.

Africa University’s  rapid response team is providing daily updates to stakeholders. Health professionals on campus, including the staff of the  Bishop Alfred Norris Health Clinic, are working closely with local and national health authorities on protocols to safeguard the health of the community.

"The Africa University community—students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni in Africa and around the world—is in prayer and intercession on behalf of those already impacted for their healing, those in mourning for their consolation and all nations, that God will intervene, help us contain this virus and save lives," said Munashe Furusa, vice chancellor and chief executive officer of Africa University.

The Africa University Development Office (AUDO)  is open and fully operational. AUDO staff are available during normal working hours (Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8am CDT, Fri: 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  CDT) to update the university’s friends and stakeholders and address its institutional advancement priorities.

The move to “remote work” by the AUDO is a temporary measure that currently extends to April 5. It is in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); and the declaration of a public health emergency by health officials in Tennessee. Authorities have stressed that limiting group interaction and the use of large shared spaces are crucial steps in slowing the spread of the virus.