United College of Education
P. O. Box 1156
Old Falls Road Bulawayo
+263 292 201162
+263 292 211163
+263 292 210319

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UCE History

United College of Education is located in the second largest city of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, along the Old Victoria Falls Road. The campus with its unique buildings is nestled on the western edge of the city, six kilometers from the city centre. It occupies a tranquil site far from the sounds and activities of the city. The college was founded in 1968 after a realization that the small rural training schools which were run by the churches were grossly incapacitated in terms of resources, facilities and infrastructure to effectively develop a student to become a teacher. The churches which amalgamated in this dream were: Methodist, Church of Christ, Anglican Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church. Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United Congregational Church of  Southern Africa.



Through the Generosity of Christian in many lands. The United College of Education was founded in 1968 and donated to the government of Zimbabwe in 1982 by the Catholic Church, The Church of Christ, The United Congregational Church, The Methodist Church, The Salvation Army and the United Methodist Church


To be the centre of excellence in the production of highly qualified primary and specialist teachers for the country, region and the world.


To satisfy national educational needs by producing competitive primary and specialist teachers capable of adding educational value in socio-economic development and global competitiveness.


  • Patriotism
  • Professionalism
  • Creativity
  • Integrity/Ubuntu/Unhu
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Transparency
  • Innovation
  • Industry

Why study at UCE?

The United College of Education has maintained its national outlook by enrolling students from anywhere in the country– our student population hails from all corners of Zimbabwe and beyond. Choose UCE and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career.


All students who have confirmed their acceptance of a place at UCE are guaranteed college accommodation on campus throughout their period of study.

Career prospects

According to UCE career prospect over 80% of our postgraduate students who graduated in recent years have found a job or further study opportunity.

Inclusive Education

We prepare educators who will also coordinate the educational, psychological, behavioral, technological, and health initiatives to remove barriers to learning at all ages.

First-class facilities

UCE has a continual programme of investment and improvement so that our students enjoy best study, research and recreational facilities.

Strong academic community

We have a thriving intellectual community of students and staff is fundamental to UCE's position as a research-intensive university

A global outlook

From our collaborative research and international partnerships to our specialist teachers in the region, our global reach is ever expanding.

United College of Education Principal

Dr. A.L Luthuli

In this profile photo our Principal Dr. A. L Luthuli (right) poses for a photo with the Minister of higher Education, Prof A Murwira (left) at the 2019 Graduation Ceremony. About 422 teachers graduated at the 47th graduation ceremony which comprised 102 ECD, 278 General Course and 43 Special Needs graduates

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UCE Acting Vice Principal

MRS. R. Mavunga

Our Vice Principal advises and assists the Principal and provides leadership to the academic and academic-related units of the institute. Among the many responsibilities of the position, our Vice Principal provides overall leadership, direction and control in all academic areas; directing heads of departments including the Librarian in the evaluation and review of academic programs and curriculum development

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Interesting Facts About UCE

The unique name of the college derives from the unity of these churches in the vision which culminated in the establishment of this college.


The college was first housed at Msiteli  Primary School (now Msiteli Secondary School) and moved to the present site in 1970. Immediately after independence, in 1982, the churches donated the college to the new government and it then became a government institution.

Like other government colleges which train teachers, United College of Education is an associate college of the University of Zimbabwe. As the college community, we are proud to be associated with this heritage and we remain firmly committed to carry to fruition the vision of the churches and partners.

Half Circle Roofs

UCE is known to have one of the most beautiful campus settings in the country with its half-circle barrel roofs.

Special Needs

We are currently the Only Special Needs Education Teachers' College in Zimbabwe. A degree is on the cards

Disabled Students

We have currently offered 25 people with disabilities some of which are on wheel chair at the institute

Music Workshop

We have a workshop which manufactures traditional music instruments such as marimba, mbira and hosho.


We offer IsiNdebele, ChiShona, English, TjiKalanga, Tonga, Nambya and of course our niche ‘Sign Language.

Women Empowerment

UCE has a deliberate policy that is pro women as 76% of the last graduates were actually female