The Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities, Arrupe College has transformed to a fully fledged independent university called Arrupe Jesuit University in response to community and societal developments and needs.

The institution becomes the second Jesuit university in Africa after Loyola University in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A colourful ceremony that saw the Chancellor of the university being installed, the calling of the university council, Vice Chancellor and the Pro Vice Chancellors, the unveiling of the university shield as well as the unfolding of the Arrupe flag was conducted at the institution’s campus in Mount Pleasant, Harare this Saturday morning. 

Chancellor of the Arrupe Jesuit University, Dr Orobator Agbon-Khian-Meghe said the transformation of the college into a university is a historic moment in the progress of the African continent.

The Deputy Director for Education Programmes in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Ms Maria Adriano said the transformation is in line with the vision of the country’s leadership. 

For the past 26 years, Arrupe has been an associate college for the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and was instrumental in equipping academics with not only intellectual skills but conscience and compassion inspired by the catholic faith.

In his congratulatory message, UZ Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura implored the new university to break new ground as a dynamic and revolutionary centre of excellence in philosophy and all its dimensions.

The Arrupe Jesuit University, which enrols diverse students drawn from various nations, becomes the seventh private university in the country.

Other private universities include Africa University, Women’s University in Africa, Solusi University, Reformed Church University, Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University and Catholic University.

Arrupe Jesuit University Vice Chancellor, Dr Kizito Kiyimba and Arrupe College Rector, Father Gibson Munyoro also attended the inauguration ceremony.