Below is a testimonial shared by a ZOU alumnus at the Mashonaland Regional Campus Fundraising Dinner Dance held on 08 September 2017
I welcome you all to Zimbabwe Open University- one of the finest universities in the region and beyond that provides an opportunity to learn and work at the same time. When I say I am a former ZOU student, I say it with pride and confidence because the university has helped not only me, but a lot of us to realise our dreams.
There is a misconception about distance learning and to be more specific, about ZOU. At the Zimbabwe Open University, various prestigious degrees are awarded and these are recognised nationally and internationally. Personally, I completed the following programmes, MBA and PGDE with this prestigious university. These qualifications have met international standards with various awarding bodies. Most of my colleagues are now sitting on powerful positions in various countries using their ZOU qualifications. This university has given us new insight. We have gained the promotion we wanted and personal development.
Allow me to take you through what my colleagues and I experienced as we studied with this university
Benefits of studying with ZOU
I, like many others have found that open distance learning comes with many benefits not only to the individual studying, but to the companies employing these individuals and to the country as a whole.
It doesn't matter where you live – you can gain a degree from anywhere in the country.We believe distance education is all about convenience and flexibility. You can plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments, so you’re only studying at times convenient for you. This has helped to maintain high levels of literacy in the country. Plus, you can improve your education without having to attend classes at a physical location. A lot of elderly working people with the passion to develop their careers have managed to do so through open distance learning.
Studying by distance learning, allowed us to develop our career without having to leave employment. It also meant that we could apply new knowledge and insights to our working life which is for the benefit of the company.
This is on the job training without companies having to pay for the training of their employees.
Open distance learning is way cheaper than other conventional universities because of low overhead costs.
The university offers several courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies internationally. Students are also exposed to a lot of research which sharpen their research skills.