Institute of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies
Chinhoyi University of Technology


Professor Joseph Zano Zvapera Matowanyika

(PhD, Geography, University of Waterloo, Canada; MA Environmental Planning for Developing Countries, University of Nottingham, UK; BA Hons. Geography, University of Reading, UK; Postgraduate Diploma, Planning Management and Evaluation of Rural Development Projects, Pan-African Institute for Development, Eastern and Southern Africa, Kabwe, Zambia)

The Institute of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies (ILLDS) is the successor to the Institute of Lifelong Learning in existence at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) from the university's inception in 2002. From its inception CUT saw the importance of providing a platform for scholarship that promotes a holistic understanding of lifelong learning and knowledge creation. Lifelong learning represents the continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of individuals from experiences encountered in the course of a lifetime. In this context, learning is formal, informal and non-formal for all age groups in varied contexts beyond formalized situations such as universities. In order to reflect this outlook, the Institute's vision is:


To become a hub of excellence that advances the ideals of technological innovation and entrepreneurship embedded in a culture of lifelong learning that is informed by Zimbabwe's heritage


To provide teaching, learning, research and knowledge dissemination for enterprising individuals and communities founded on lifelong learning.

In the customary mix of teaching, research and community service, there is an emphasis toward research and community engagement. Further, degree programming is biased to postgraduate levels at taught Masters, MPhil and DPhil levels. Undergraduate degrees will still be developed to reflect the growing needs of Zimbabwe especially in the areas of communication and language and area studies. The Institute will:

  • Research on ideas and issues that promote lifelong learning in the technology development of Zimbabwe;
  • Promote an ethos of a futuristic and innovating university institution; and
  • Promote eclecticism and an inter-disciplinary approach in its work.
Informed by the country's policy directions, such as the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation (ZIMASSET) and other national development blueprints, its research and teaching activities include:
  • Lifelong learning and development
  • Technology innovation and community development
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • National and foreign languages
  • Human language technology
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Living heritage
The Institute is made up of a directorate and three centres:
  • Centre for Development Studies;
  • Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Living Heritage; and
  • Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Community engagement within and out of the university and community skills development form bedrock of the Institute's work

International Conference, 2-5 August 2016

Call for Papers

THEME: Interfacing Technology, Language And Knowledge Management With Sustainable Development

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