Research and Internationalisation Office


Director Research and Internationalisation Office

Dr Thembekile Ncube is the Director for Research and Internationalisation Office. She is the first female academic to hold the post. Previously she was the Chairperson of the Department of Applied Biology and Biochemistry, where she has been lecturing and supervising undergraduate and MSc students since 2003. Dr Ncube holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Limpopo, MSc in Microbiology (University of Fort Hare), a BSc Honours in Applied Biology and Biochemistry (NUST) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (NUST). In May 2009, she was a Trainee in Fermentation Technology Unit at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr Ncube has also lectured Food Hygiene and Food Microbiology to Diploma students at the Bulawayo Polytechnic College. She is the Founder and Vice-Chairperson of NUST Women in Science, Technology and Leadership group, which is concerned with the advancement of womenacademically as well as in research, innovation and leadership. She is also the Founder and team leader of the Environmental Biotechnology Research Group whose focus is application of microbes in cleaning up polluted environments, utilization of waste materials for biofuels, bio-fertiliser production, and bio-mining technologies. She is the Co-Founder of the Girls Support Girls initiative, which motivates the girl-child in STEM- related careers as well as girl-child related health issues. Dr Ncube is an award-winning researcher and reviewer of several journals including the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Zimbabwe Journal of Science and Technology and International Journal of Environmental Science. She is a recipient of the Presidential Postgraduate Scholarship, PhD Africa Scholarships (National Research Foundation), 2019 IVLP Women in STEM leadership award (US) and Research grant from Research Council of Zimbabwe (2020-2022). Dr Ncube is a member of various boards including the NUST Council, Pig Industry Board and Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology Society of Zimbabwe. 



  • Design, develop and review academic research and innovation strategic plans, policies, procedures and systems.
  • Introducing an enhanced research support and management structure that can deliver the strategic plans with a coherent and effective approach.
  • Identify and exploit alternative sources of research funding.
  • Develop a focused University wide interdisciplinary research culture and agenda.
  • Deliver and disseminate impactful research and introduce research mentorship programmes for junior academic staff and early career researchers.
  • Identify research output so as to encourage entrepreneurship and commercialization.
  • Provide leadership on the internationalisation of research activity at NUST with institutions within the SADC region and abroad.


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