Raised eyebrows as Grace Mugabe gets PhD

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Zimbabwean President's wife, Grace Mugabe raises her fist as she addresses at a rally in Harare on July 28, 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, defied all odds when she graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) at the University of Zimbabwe on Friday.

Grace reportedly completed her first degree in the Chinese Language in 2011.

She was part of the 3 274 grandaunts who were capped by Mugabe, who is the Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).

The first lady graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the Faculty of Social Studies.

Vice-President Joice Mujuru, was also capped, and graduated with a PhD under the Faculty of Commerce.

Grace registered for her PhD with the Univerisy of Zimbabwe but there is still uncertainty surrounding when she had registered.

Grace obtained her first degree through distance learning with the People&39;s University of China.

It could not be established if she completed the pre-requisite post-graduate degree course to enable her to register for a PhD.

Education experts say a PhD is an academic apprenticeship that proves that one is an academic expert in that area of study and that it could take anything from three to seven years to obtain a Doctorate degree.

It is also reported that Grace dismally failed most of the examinations that she had written for a University of London Bachelor of Arts (English) degree in 2001.