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Midlands State University: Synopsis of the University

Synopsis of the University

Strategic Goal

To establish a fully semesterised University with ten faculties, 18 000 students,
900 teaching and 550 support staff, with the requisite services and infrastructure
by the year 2015.

Administrative Systems

The University is administered through the committee system embedded in the statutory
instruments that govern the operations of the University. The system through collective
decision-making ensures transparency and good governance. This democratic dispensation
has been reinforced through the involvement of all stakeholders, including the
university students.

Flexible Packaging

The degree programmes on offer have been strengthened through flexible packaging
of modules. Flexible packaging allows students studying for a particular degree
to make themselves more marketable by including in their learning package modules
‘shopped' from other programmes. This is a new method of teaching and learning
in Universities, which is meant to satisfy the specific requirements of the students
and their chosen professions. The packaging of modules dissolves the regimentalisation
of the older educational curricular, hence students come out flexible and well
equipped for the special needs and diversity of the actual world of work. The
main purpose of flexible packaging is to enable students to overcome professional
rigidity so that they can respond positively to new situations, possibilities
and challenges of industry, especially within the rapid changes dictated by new
technologies and economic environments.

Fully Semeterised and Modularised University

Midlands State University is a fully semesterised and modularised University.
Subjects are broken down into units (modules) that are taught and examined at
the end of each semester. This approach allows for focus on specific subject areas.
There are two semesters in a year and enrolment takes place in March and in August.
Modules offered at any level in a semester are available at the same level during
the next semester. This arrangement gives an opportunity to those students who,
at the end of a semester are required to 'carry' or 'repeat' failed modules to
do so in the next semester.

Work Related Learning

The structure of our four-year and five-year undergraduate degree programme is
unique in that at the third level, all our conventional and full-fee paying students,
regardless of their programmes of study, leave the university for a whole academic
year to go for assessed Work-Related-Learning at various organizations and institutions.
The Work-Related-Learning module is compulsory and examinable. This training philosophy
and methodology, which results in the absence from campus of all third level students,
is a contemporary approach to teaching and learning, whereby the student applies
theoretical principles and knowledge to real work situations. This experience
broadens the students’ understanding and gives them adequate preparation
for the world of work. The concept strives for relevance of the curriculum through
partnership and consultations, which involve the student, the University and the
employer.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is an integral part of every degree programme offered at MSU.
The University has seriously taken up the appeal that has always been made that
students should graduate from educational institutions equipped with skills to
generate employment so that graduates can either be formally or self employed.
Students also have the option to do self-employment projects relevant to their
field of study during the Work Related Learning year to encourage entrepreneurship.

Learning Facilities

The University has made great strides in the provision of information in both
print and electronic format. To address space needs while at the same time improving
on access by users, the library has been decentralized to strategic locations
namely:

  • The Main Campus Library
  • Batanai Library
  • Graduate School of Business Leadership Library
  • Law Library and
  • Hellenic Hall Library.

Due to the vast sea of information found on the Internet, the University has
also various electronic learning resource centers both on campus and in the
branch libraries. MSU remains committed to the use of ICT and the virtual classroom
as principal teaching and training modes of delivery and research. In a bid
to maximize the use of ICT in research, teaching and learning, the University
has made efforts to establish, at strategic points, Internet access computer
laboratories for students and staff. In addition to the electronic libraries
several teaching and learning computer laboratories are also available. In total
the university has nine computer labs across its campuses.

Gender Equality and Equity

In line with the University’s Mission Statement, the institution has developed
a Gender Policy, which has seen the University responding positively to gender
concerns. This has been done through the establishment of a Gender Centre responsible
for the teaching of a gender module across the curriculum. A gender committee
also monitors the implementation of the University’s Gender Policy through
affirmative action in the admission of students and the recruitment of staff.
The University is aiming at achieving a male to female ratio of 48-52 in he
staff and student population in order to match the national population ratio.