ZAOU admitted 450 of the 700 applicants and enrolled its first 254 students in February 2005. Actual number of students grew to 369 before the end of the first semester and in 2006 the number increased to 1,500. At the beginning of 2007 the number rose to 3,500 students and in January 2009 the student population reached 7,500.

Admissions Criteria and Justification

The University admits students on merit and without discrimination based on disability, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, race or political affiliation. In admission, greater emphasis is given to Basic education, Higher education, Adult education, Development studies and Law.

There is a fairly good number of Grade 12 school leavers, teachers with certificate and diploma qualifications who are eligible to study for degree programmes but are handicapped by the small number of places available at existing universities. Annually, over 20,000 students apply and only about 2,000 are admitted.

The University offers the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degrees in Adult Education, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Guidance and Counselling and Special Education; Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies (BA); Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Master of Education (M.Ed) in Literacy; Master of Laws (LLM); PhD studies in Education, Law, Sociology of Education and History. In 2009 the School of Media, Fine and Performing Arts admitted its first students. At a later stage the institution will offer degree programmes in other fields in response to demands by the labour market.

Entry Qualifications

Undergraduate studies

The decision about entrance requirements is entirely the discretion of the University. The University sets minimum entrance requirements for each degree programme. In addition, the University spells out specific requirements for individual programmes. In every case, the minimum entrance requirements are five ‘O’ Level credits. Other qualifications are diplomas taken from other high institutions recognized by the University. Foreign qualifications are assessed against the stipulated entry requirements.