Welcome To The

Department of Statistics & Operations Research

Our staff continues to strive at developing and making use of the expertise of our students for the benefit of society such that each of them acquires an unbeatable interplay of skills.
Philimon Nyamugure

Philimon Nyamugure: Chairperson

The Department started operating independently in 2012. It had a staff complement of 9 Lecturers, 1 Teaching Assistant, 1 Senior Technician and 1 Senior Secretary. Four Degree Programmes were being offered and these are: BSc. Hons. Degree in Operations Research & Statistics, BSc. (Special Hons.) Degree in Operations Research & Statistics, MSc. in Operations Research and PhD in Operations Research & Statistics. Previously, these programmes were offered under the Department of Applied Mathematics.

Operations Research has wide applications in: Business, Industry, Boardroom and Executive Offices, Manufacturing and service operations, Finance and Control, Marketing Research and Forecasting, Agriculture, Health Systems, Information Systems and Statistical Data Analysis, Econometric modeling, Engineering, Research and Development, Government and Military Organisations, Complex Scheduling, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Distribution Management, Telecommunications, Transportation, Public Sector.


Expected Benefits of using Operations Research:

  • Increased Revenue
  • Increased Market Share
  • Reduction in Costs
  • Greater utilisation from limited equipment, facilities, money and personnel
  • Manage and reduce risk
  • Improve quality
  • Increased speed and throughput
  • Provide a better basis for forecasting and planning
  • Good governance practices
  • Quantify and balance qualitative considerations
  • Asses the likely outcomes of decision alternatives and uncover better alternatives
  • Demonstrate feasibility and workability and assist with training
  • Gain better control; achieve turn-around
Provide a solid foundation in quantitative analysis and business decision analysis to our students and other stakeholders, by providing excellence in teaching, research and community service.
Operations Research has wide applications in: Business, Industry, Boardroom and Executive Offices, Manufacturing and service operations, Finance and Control, Marketing Research and Forecasting, Agriculture, Health Systems, Information Systems and Statistical Data Analysis, Econometric modeling, Engineering, Research and Development, Government and Military Organisations, Complex Scheduling, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Distribution Management, Telecommunications, Transportation, Public Sector.


Expected Benefits of using Operations Research:
  • Increased Revenue
  • Increased Market Share
  • Reduction in Costs
  • Greater utilisation from limited equipment, facilities, money and personnel
  • Manage and reduce risk
  • Improve quality
  • Increased speed and throughput
  • Provide a better basis for forecasting and planning
  • Good governance practices
  • Quantify and balance qualitative considerations
  • Asses the likely outcomes of decision alternatives and uncover better alternatives
  • Demonstrate feasibility and workability and assist with training
  • Gain better control; achieve turn-around


The Department of Statistics & Operations Research (SORS) inaugurated in 2012, has a high international and multidisciplinary profile. The main topics of research are:

  • Integer programming
  • Networks
  • Forecasting
  • Impact modelling
  • Non-Deterministic polynomial Hard problems
  • Decision Analysis
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Computational Statistics
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Extreme Value Theory
  • Discrete time Event and Continuous time Event Simulation Modelling
  • Stochastic Modelling
  • Derivatives
  • Option Pricing
  • Financial Risk Modeling/Analytics
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Survival Data Analysis
  • Reproductive Health Issues

For more details on these research topics contact the individual staff concerned.

Our Degree Programmes

BSc. Hons. in Operations Research & Statistics

The programme is governed by the University General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Honours...

MSc. in Operations Research & Statistics

The programme is directed at graduates in science, commerce or engineering with a strong mathematics background, at least equivalent...

Departmental Staff

Philimon Nyamugur
Philimon NyamugurChairperson
Prof. Brian Jones
Prof. Brian JonesProfessor
Mr. Amon Masache
Mr. Amon MasacheSenior Lecturer
Mr. Hausitoe Nare
Mr. Hausitoe NareLecturer
Mr. Peter Mlilo
Mr. Peter MliloLecturer
Mr. Desmond Mwembe
Mr. Desmond MwembeLecturer
Ms. Precious Mdlongwa
Ms. Precious MdlongwaLecturer
Mr. Constantine Mupondo
Mr. Constantine MupondoLecturer
Mrs. Isabel Moyo
Mrs. Isabel MoyoLecturer
Mrs. Fadzayi Ndlovu
Mrs. Fadzayi NdlovuLecturer
Ms. Sinanziwe Sibanda
Ms. Sinanziwe SibandaTutorial Assistant
Mr. Shingirai Mubaira
Mr. Shingirai MubairaTutorial Assistant
Mr. Michael Chirume
Mr. Michael ChirumeTutorial Assistant
Mr. Thandolwethu Silongwe
Mr. Thandolwethu SilongweSenior Technician
Mrs. Senelisiwe Thenga
Mrs. Senelisiwe ThengaSenior Secretary