Peter Dzvimbo is the current Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research) at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in South Africa. Prior to his appointment to the VUT in October 2014, he was the founding Executive Dean of the College of Education (CEDU) at the University of South Africa (UNISA). By the time of his departure, the CEDU was the largest College/Faculty of Education on the African Continent with over 80 000 students. Professor Dzvimbo was a Deputy Executive Dean in the College of Human Sciences (CHS) at UNISA where he was responsible for College marketing; research, and community engagement. During his tenure in the CHS at UNISA, Professor Dzvimbo was seconded by UNISA to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in Pretoria where he worked as part of a small team to conceptualize the establishment of the Centre for Continuing and Professional Teacher Development in the DBE.
Professor Dzvimbo is the past Chief Editor of the Africa Education Review Journal (SA); the past Africa Regional Editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (USA); and a past member of the editorial board of Teaching in Higher Education (UK). He was appointed in 2014 by the Director General of Unesco to be a member of an international Board for the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education based in Moscow for five years. The Board meets annually in Paris and Moscow to conduct “Futures” research on the use of ICTs in higher education globally. Prof Dzvimbo represents the African continent in that board. This is his second appointment by the Director General of Unesco on an Internal board.
Prior to his appointment to UNISA, Professor Dzvimbo was a Senior Professor of Education Management and later Head of the Department of Education Management at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. In 2003, Professor Dzvimbo became Rector of the African Virtual University (AVU) based in Nairobi, Kenya for five years from the World Bank in Washington, DC where he was a Senior Education Specialist in tertiary education and training. While in the World Bank, he provided higher education sector support in the Caribbean, Ghana and Mozambique. He also worked on a major study on “The international migration of human capital globally”. In 2004, Professor Dzvimbo and the team he led in the AVU were among the first educational institutions globally to coin the term Open Distance and eLectronic Learning (ODeL). As Rector of the AVU in Kenya, he worked with almost 60% of the major universities on the African continent in the field of ICTs in education. During that time, he gained valuable experience in working in education development at the tertiary level in Francophone Africa (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal); and in Lusophone Africa (Mozambique); and Anglophone Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Somaliland, Swaziland, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe,). He was responsible for strategic direction and leadership of the AVU and its activities on the African continent and its partners in Canada (University of Laval), the USA (The World Bank) and Australia (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Curtin Universities). One of his legacies in the AVU was to set up an office in Dakar, Senegal to service Francophone African countries in particular and the establishment of Teacher Education program in STEM for ten African countries with funding (US$10 million) from the African Development Bank. Under his leadership the AVU set up e-learning centres in ten African countries including Zimbabwe (University of Zimbabwe).
While in the World Bank, he worked in the fields of strategic planning and management, sector studies, program evaluation and monitoring, ICTs in education, education policy and planning, tertiary education and training, capacity development at national levels and teacher education in Barbados, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, St. Lucia, Tanzania, and Trinidad and Tobago. He also provided sector support to a number of higher education projects globally including the international migration of human capital. During his tenure at the World Bank he also set on the board of the London based Borderless in Higher Education organization.
Professor Dzvimbo was the founding Vice-Chancellor of the Zimbabwe Open University, in Harare Zimbabwe. Prior to that appointment, he was a Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Zimbabwe responsible for open and distance learning, research, student affairs, international relations, honorary degrees, the Associate Colleges program in Teacher Education and curriculum reform. Professor Dzvimbo was a Dean in the Faculty of Education at the University of Zimbabwe for four and half years.
He has experience working with Presidents, Prime Ministers, the African Union, Ministers of Education, Ministers of Finance, the G12 Shapers (Foreign Ministers of the G12 Countries) and managers of government parastatals in development, finance and human resources development on the African continent and the Caribbean. He has also worked as an educational consultant for UNESCO, UNICEF, DfID, USAID, AED, and the Southern African Development Community projects in education on the African continent. Professor Dzvimbo held teaching positions at the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria); the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) from ; the University of Zimbabwe as a Senior Lecturer; the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa as a Senior Lecturer; the Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa as an Associate Professor; and the University of Johannesburg, South Africa as a full Professor. He was a deputy principal of a secondary Technical Teachers College in Zimbabwe from 1983 to 1985 and was one of the early managers of the Zimbabwe Integrated National Teacher Education Course (ZINTEC). His first teaching career was as a secondary school teacher in Freetown, Sierra Lone. During his tenure at the RAU from 1995 to 1998 Professor Dzvimbo worked as a consultant and part time lecturer in educational planning in Mozambique for the Ministry of Education in Mozambique and for the Royal Netherlands Embassy as an educational consultant. During that period, he was one of the key education consultants that helped to conceptualize the reform of the Mozambican Teacher Education system especially at the Primary and Tertiary levels. As a consultant for the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique, he took part in the training of senior managers on how to reform the Mozambican education system. He also assisted as a consultant in setting up the Faculty of Education at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique (UEM).
Professor Dzvimbo obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA); a Master’s degree form Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria; a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone; and a BA from the same university. He has also studied French in Aix En Provance, France and Portuguese in Madison in the USA. Professor Dzvimbo did his post-doctoral studies at Stanford University in the USA and attended a course in the use of ICTs in Educational Planning at Harvard University in the USA. He has worked in over 20 countries on the African continent in teacher education; change management in education; the use of ICTs in higher education and ODeL since 1990 for organizations such as the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, DfID, The Southern African Development Community, The Southern African Regional Universities Association (in establishing an ENREN in Zimbabwe), the British Council, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in South Africa and Zimbabwe, USAID, and the Swedish International Development Agency at INDE in Maputo, Mozambique.
His main areas of interest are basic and applied research in ODeL; qualitative research methodologies; and strategic educational leadership and management, the economics of education, educational planning, education for women and the girl child; international migration of human capital, and transformation in higher education. He has presented papers on strategic planning and management, change management, leadership and policy making in the public sector; the use of ICTs in tertiary education and training and other topics in education in a number of African countries such as: Burundi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Botswana, Gabon, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi; in Austria, Australia (at Curtin University as a key note speaker at a graduation ceremony), University of Southern Queensland and the RMIT University); Canada; the Caribbean; England (Cambridge University as keynote speaker, the Open University and University of Sussex-as a keynote speaker); France; Germany; India; Israel; Japan-Tokyo (as a keynote speaker), Mexico; the Russian Federation; Scotland; Singapore (as a keynote speaker); Sweden; The Seychelles; and at a number of conferences in the USA where he did a seminar on qualitative research methods at Columbia University. From 1990 to 1998, he worked throughout the South African provincial education departments training education officials in leadership, strategic planning and curriculum development for bilateral and multilateral agencies.