Last year’s theology students and their wives in front of Hefsiba’s main building at Vila Ulónguè

 

On 2 August this year the GSM (Gesamentlike Sendingkommissie vir Mosambiek) had a zoom meeting to discuss important matters concerning the three IRM synods and the well known Hefsiba Institute for Christian Higher Education at Vila Ulónguè in Northwest-Mozambique.

The Instituto Superior Cristão (Hefsiba – ISC) was created to respond to one of the great challenges in Mozambique – the elevation of morality in the existing social and spiritual needs for the church and society in Mozambique.

The headquarters of ISC-Hefsiba is located at Vila Ulónguè and also has two campuses in the province of Zambézia, in the districts of Milange and Mocuba. Over the years, Hefsiba-ISC has taught several courses linked to four faculties, namely: Theology, Psychology, Economics and Management, and Law.

This year a total of 410 students were enrolled at Hefsiba-ISC in the four faculties. The Faculty of Psychology has the highest number of enrolled students, representing 61% of the total number of students. The faculties of Law and Theology are those with the lowest number of candidates with 20 and 19, respectively.

  • The Faculty of Psychology has 258 students distributed across the three campuses, namely: Ulónguè (60), Milange (82) and Mocuba (116) attending the Clinical, Educational and Organizational Psychology courses, assisted by a a number of part-time lecturers.
  • The Faculty of Economics and Management has 121 students who attend various modules in Business Management and Accounting, School Management and Human Resources Management. The Milange Campus has the largest number of 85 students representing 70.25% of the student population enrolled in this faculty. A big number of part-time lecturers are teaching in this faculty at Ulónguè and Milange.
  • The Faculty of Law operates at the Ulónguè and Milange campuses and have 20 students assisted by 5 lecturers in Ulónguè and 3 in Milange.
  • The Faculty of Theology has enrolled 19 students for this year. At Ulónguè 16 students were enrolled of whom 14 is doing their Diploma/Bachelor’s Degree and two their Honours Degree. At Mocuba, 3 students are enrolled for the Honours Degree. These students are mostly assisted by ministers of the Reformed Church.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Hefsiba’s customary academic practice was not carried out in 2020 and will not take place in the current academic year of 2021. This pandemic caused the greatest constraint for the normal course of academic activities.

Hefsiba-ISC, like other higher education institutions, had to reinvent itself by embracing the hybrid teaching model (face-to-face and online) to safeguard the teaching and learning process. In this context, Hefsiba-ISC has carried out regular training for all lecturers on the use of the Moodle student platform and the Academic Management System (SIGA) at all three campuses at Ulónguè, Milange and Mocuba.

Despite the constraints and challenges imposed by COVID-19, Hefsiba has managed to keep up its responsibility towards its support of morality in the social life of in Mozambique.

The challenges Hefsiba has to tackle are:

  • Completion of the unfinished classroom block
  • Computer equipment to assist students in assessing the student-platform and internet
  • E-books for the library
  • Scholarships for teachers at Master’s level to meet the demand of the Government of Mozambique
  • Mobile phones for Theology students for the use of internet studies
  • Recruitment of students for the Master’s level faculty for the academic year 2022
  • Photocopying machine for the production of study materials and papers for exams and other texts

Contact Dr Manasse Matiquele, the director of Hefsiba, for more informations at manassefulasitala@gmail.com