MULUNGUSHI University is off to a good start and its vision is to be a centre of academic excellence and a leading institution of higher learning in Africa, Professor Vernon Chinene has said.

Prof. Chinene who is the Vice Chancellor of the institution said this in Kabwe today when he addressed students of the newly opened university.

“The mission of Mulungushi University is to provide high quality education and generate knowledge and technological innovations relevant to national and regional development goals,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor said that Mulungushi University would make every effort to provide quality education which would empower students to be competitive in any given field of specialisation.

He urged the students to rise up to the challenge and get as much out of their lectures as possible and exhibit high performance standards in their academic endeavours.

“In April 2008, we expect to admit the first students to undertake diploma programmes of the university. This will be followed in September by the admission of first undergraduate students of the university” Prof Chinene said.

He added that the advertisement of undergraduate programmes was expected to be launched in June, 2008 or earlier, depending on the preparatory arrangements which were currently going on.

The Vice Chancellor said other planned academic programmes would be developed during the course of the development of the university and that the certificate courses would be beefed up in their syllabus and courses extended from six months to one year.

“With regard to the future of certificate courses, let me take the opportunity to reaffirm that Mulungushi University plans to continue offering them by virtue of it being a multi-level curriculum university,” he said.

Prof Chinene told the students that 30 per cent of the places in the academic programmes would be reserved for women while the remaining 70 per cent would be competed for equally between male and female applicants.

He said Mulungushi University had been established on the understanding that it would be a 100 per cent fee paying university which would be expected to be self sustaining financially.

And in a vote of thanks, IMIS Diploma student, Sylvester Hakalaki said that it was a honour to have a third university which would offer higher education as the other two were not sufficient to cater for the whole population.

Hakalaki quoted Psalms 127 which stresses that unless God builds, the builder builds in vain.

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66 COMMENTS

  1. I only hope this new university will be run properly. This is because in my view we have failed to efficiently and effectively manage UNZA and CBU.

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  2. HI ZAMBIA!

    EDUCATION!

    THE TONE OF THE ZAMBIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM MERITS SERIOUS REVISIT! ONE THING WE ARE TAUGHT FOR INSTANCE IS TO COUNT MONEY AND NOT HOW TO MAKE MONEY…

    THERE IS NEED TO MOULD THIS GENERATION TO BE LEADERS AND NOT FOLOWERS… EMPLOYERS AND NOT EMPLOYEES…

    ITS ABOUT TIME THAT ZAMBIA TOOK CHARGE OF ITS AFFAIRS! LETS RAISE TO THE CHALLENGE, TAKE THIS BULL BY ITS HORNS!

    LETS GET OFF OUR SHELL AND TAKE CHARGE OF OUR COUNTRIES’ DEVELOPMENT!

    ZAMBIA IS OURS AND WE ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN DEVELOP IT!

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  3. 100% university fees.Is it a public university or private.I dont if enough ground work has been done to warrant mulungushi university to be a university.If the Govt has failed to run the two universities i wonder if they will manage to run a third university,.

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  4. How do you ask a diploma student to give a vote of thanks if you are going to be a center of excellence. shame on you Chinene

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  5. Known, does it demean the university if a diploma student gives a vote of Thanks? By the way what departments does this university offer?

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  6. Chinene is a failure. This world is not short of such people. They are plenty. This is why he was picked up from the gutter to run a gutter university. If those in authority really mean well for Zambian education, why waste resources on something new when the existing institutions, UNZA, CBU and other colleges are rotting due to lack of attention?

    Shame of Levy and his crooks.

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  7. Hey !! Mulungushi University!!!hahahahahaaaa…we all thought it was so just some mere rhetoric but hey!!it has come to pass..make sure the University becomes a place to attain knowledge not whwre some mini marriages and improve on number of street kids in Kabwe..we really need such places and instititions in Zambia.Carry on Chinene..

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  8. Willard # 1….the vice chancellor has indicated that the university will be self sustaining………so no need to worry as to whather it will be run properly

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  9. Congrats for this One anyway! it’s there finally, but teh cost for the students will be enomous. am sure after one year there will be no books at campas. with limited internet access many students will drop out coz of bad grades.
    it’s really a shame to to even rise up and say ‘Natukwata university’ when we look at Tanzania, they have almost over 20 univesrities since independence.
    anyway lets take this one as a start. I wish we could propose that each province has its own universities with money coming from tax payers.

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  10. What a joke! A university offering diplomas! The whole conceptualization of that institution is a sham and I’m not so hopeful. A university is a serious undertaking and you do not just wake up and create a university.

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  11. Indeed 100% fee paying. Who is been target at this university, the rich or the intelligent. I believe it will be who manages to pay the fees and not who qualifies to study. I feel so sad for the Zambian poor. Our politicians should know if things were that case in their times, most of them would not have seen the inside of UNZA as thez came from poor families including Levz himself. Whose going to manage 100% fees. Education and health should be a right and not a service limited to a rich few. Shame upon the whole thing. Does anzone know how it feels studing hard but not knowing whether you would come back the next academic year bcos of fees. Think twice. Takuli ekotuleya. Such things will j

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  12. I think there was no need to even call it a university.a university should meet certain criteria such as the number of proffesors and the degrees on offer.The statusquo of the institution should have remained the same but offer degrees along side diploma courses.In the western world colleges also offer graduate courses.

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  13. Its a good thing to have a university in Kabwe,but the question is,has the powers that be ensured that the infrastrcure isup to university standard,do the lecturers and those put in charge of the institution have the capacity to run it.what is there background.we do not want see the mess we are seeing at UNZA nd CBU.hope it wont be another wasted idea.

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  14. True # 12, actually teacher training colleges like Nkwame Khruma, Kitwe Teachers, COSECTO, etc…shd be upgraded and start offering degrees, so that UNZA is decongested…or rather abolish the school of eductaion…..On the diploma programmes….international universities do offer diplomas, even CBU offers diplomas……!!!

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  15. Why give students diplomas? Selfishness in Zambian education system is very retrogressive. It is time we recognised students from grade 12 as equally competitive. Please stop this waste of talent. You have done it to many college graduates before who are now stuck with these diplomas despite their academic prowess. Please stop the rote.

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  16. That is what we need …more educational opportunities? This is long oever due? a more educated populace means, ” kuya bebele king cobra”. he strong base is ba kaponya?

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  17. Another small college nicknamed a University! Guys lets be serious. Remember ZIT, haa haa haa. Competive programmes and faculty are what matters. If they are not in place forget it.

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  18. A university in my town of birth Kabwe? That is goog news. where is it located, PCC? Listen everyone, diploma, full fees etc are all besides the point. A lot of our brothers and sisters will have an education. They should have opened it earlier and I wouldn’t be in this Asian infested place. good luck and what a good job.

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  19. Mulungushi should have first been called Mulungushi university college for two to 4 years before calling it mulungushi university. Let’s learn from our friends in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana on this in order to preseve university standards. 100% tuition fees is a joke for a so called govt uniniversity. If it is a private university, then it is not a grzt university. As a grz university, grz should put in 50% money towards student fees so that students from poor families can also benefit. 100% tuition should be for international students.

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  20. Hi Zambians,what faculties does Mulungushi university offer?What is there official site?Please help.We gonna support you if see any positive growth and improvement.

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  21. 100% tution,Diplomas,less/low quality lecturers few infratrature and u call it university? Hey be serious. Is this why we pay tax ? This university different from the other two. It must be a propoor university. The university must be 100% funded by govt.

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  22. Zambia better come up or otherwise our movement will move to Zambia and educate the little girls and guys.

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  23. It sounds promising though we shall see in the long run of the whole thing.

    Try to advertise – create a website etc.

    All the best and welcome to the whole of challenges Mulungushi University.

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  24. People must not just wake up and comment on things they do not even have knowledge about, the idea of turning NCMDS into a University was not something that happened from the blues. There were many consultations from many stakeholders before the college was turned into a University. There is nothing wrong with the new University. The former college was feeing paying, therefore there is totally nothing wrong for it to continue being fee paying.

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  25. Your country is good and has pontential to develop. But the mentality of local people and leaders retarded the development of such beautiful country. My appreciations goes to His Excellency President Mwanawasa, at least in his ten years he has achieved something. I hope the next president will have the heart of people like him. One University additional to the existing ones and many minning industries now and many discoveries under his administration i admire his spirit.

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  26. The idea of a university in Kabwe or any other town in Zambia is brilliant. However, diploma programmes should not be the core business of such higher institutions of learning. Please infuse higher academic programmes and degrees of international repute into this university as a matter of urgency and stop wasting time. We need more university graduates to run the affairs of Zambia.

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  27. Hai Zambia,
    The honour goes to president mwanawasa for guiding our country to open a third public university even though the poor will not manage to enter into this university,l urge the coperate world to help the govt to sustain this noble cause.Prof chinene we love you, show them that u deserve the title by leaving a legacy of your age to many zambians has first mulungushi university v/chancellor,l think its yo honour.

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  28. The idea of a third university is brilliant. Qualified human capital is vital to our country’s social, political and economic development.

    Hats off to the brains behind this. Just ensure the poor but intelligent Zambian has access to the education that you will be offering. No exclusion on financial basis but grades. The fees should be within the reach of the poor masses out there.

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  29. It think it is really a great idea. But Government should reconsider the decision of the university being 100% self sustaining, until it passes the teething stage. With support it can tick. Bravo Levy.

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  30. We hope and pray that mulungushi university will be under capabale management as opposed to our other institutions.It doesn’t matter how we start, we will get there some day.Bigup prof Chinene.

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  31. Zambians are very good at critisizing ideas before they analyse the impact they may make on the nation. The problems are the already existing universities is not the govenments alone but most the students, parents and lecturers are to blame. How can you blame the govt for students who use corrupt means to enter university and or pass exams. The number of leakages at secondary school level is a testimony that we are passing on unworthy stunets to university, can we honestly lump all this on the govt, please Zambians be real all talk and no change will just make us resounding gongs, making nothing but noise.

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  32. CRITICS ARE IMPORTANT IN SOCIETY BUT WHEN THEY CANT PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE THEY SHOULD KEEP QUITE. ITS A GOOD THING. WE CAN RELY ON MULU-VERSITY.NEXT WE NEED NORTEC TO BE TURNED INTO ANOTHER VERSITY.KEEP ON UGRADING UNTIL THERE IS ONE IN MY VILLAGE

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  33. Students of the former NMDS who graduated with distinctions, should be given special chance to pursue degree programes.

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  34. Why u people being all negative about it? When you should be happy? Thats just how progress starts!! Things are going to improve with time!!

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    • Upon reading all comment, only are the wise one I salute u sir for your positive atitude about m.university, jst as u said this time around mulungushi is almost on the same level as cbu and unza interms of accdemic perfomce and graduate products while slightly behind interms of infrustructure only. Viva mu

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  35. The idea is brilliant. People should not just be arm chair critics. If you think you can contribute positively please join the team and come up with brilliant ideas. The nation and the new university needs leadership with entreprenueurial minds. There is no way you can say that you failed when you never even gave it a try.All failures talk about obstacles. Lets work together and bring glory to the proud nation of Zambia.Remember, Greece was not marble in a single day.

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  36. just a concerned student from cooperative college pursuing a 2year diploma in agribusiness management.want to find out if degree programme in agribusiness is being offered? and if at all, when does it start and how much are the fees? the idea of opening another university is brilliant.as for me am happy and in support.looking forward to its success.

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  37. The idea is good, our country is growing, but we can’t have a University offering Diplomas only, this is a joke.

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  38. SHAME ON YOU ZAMBIANS. THATS WHY WE WILL NEVER EXCEL BECAUSE OF UNREASONABLE PEOPLE LIKE YOU. I HAVE NOTICED THAT WHENEVER SOMEONE COMES UP WITH A BRILLIANT IDEA ALL YOU DO IS SIT AND TALK RUBBISH INSTEAD OF APPRECIATING THE GOOD WORK BEING DONE!WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOU TO SIT AND START CRITISISING THIS UNIVERSITY? WE SHOULD CHANGE OUR ATTITUDE I.E TALK LESS AND DO MORE AND OUR CHILDREN WILL FIND THIS COUNTRY BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

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  39. SHAME ON YOU ZAMBIANS. THATS WHY WE WILL NEVER EXCEL BECAUSE OF UNREASONABLE PEOPLE LIKE YOU. I HAVE NOTICED THAT WHENEVER SOMEONE COMES UP WITH A BRILLIANT IDEA ALL YOU DO IS SIT AND TALK RUBBISH INSTEAD OF APPRECIATING THE GOOD WORK BEING DONE!WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOU TO SIT AND START CRITICISING THIS UNIVERSITY? WE SHOULD CHANGE OUR ATTITUDE I.E TALK LESS AND DO MORE AND OUR CHILDREN WILL FIND THIS COUNTRY BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

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  40. Its really a pity that some people are so negative about the upgrading of this college into a University. Dear country men and women, its not a new thing to upgrade an institute. There are many institutions that have been upgraded here in Europe in a few years and these schools now have been supported effectively and doing very well. Equally Mulungushi University must be supported by all stake holders and shall continue doing well just like it has been before. All the best to the new management in insuring that the new University progresses and produces students of high caliber that will contribute to national development.

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  41. Its a very BRILLIANT IDEA!!!! But the fact that it is ofering 100% fee paying is as good as saying it is a university strictly built for the well to do, however over 50% of zambians are not in that state,FREE EDUCATION has been translated to EDUCATION FOR THE RICH! If only they can introduce busaries/gov’t loans, moooooooost of us can contribute powerful ideas to the new university..nevertheles keep up the gud work,just ensure that right procedures are used in admision and university standards are met..

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  42. This is a very positive move by opening a third biggest learning institution in the country this is s significant sign that the country is truly developing but this doe not mean that unless the institution provides the learning standards and the competence that are supposed to be provided by a high learning institution like this..we can have thousands of universities but if they are not there for its intended purpose we might as well not have it…prof chinene show them how it is done kobalangihya mbochichitwa Mudala…respect goes to you good luck.

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  43. The Mulungushi University is a good idea, but please let government reconsider the fees maybe party sponsorship till the it can sustain itself. The fees are too high for an average zambian.

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  44. You know now I understand why God asked the people at Jericho to march around the city walls and NOT TALK as they marched – because they would have complained and stirred up a lot of grief by being negative and doubtful that God was gonna come thru. We create alot of our own prisons by the words that come out of our mouths. They hold the power of life and death. Call on those things that be not as though they are people! God doesn’t move on our behalf because we complain and doubt his promises, He moves on our declaration of faith in Him no matter what the circumstances.

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  45. It is a very good idea of opening up another University. But my worry is the standard of education which has kept on going down on the two Universities we currently have. We have witnessed unprofessionalism from the lecturers who seem to take pride in failing students, which is Unethical and i hope the new University will address this. One thing we should understand is that, most students fail as a result of lecturers due to their luck of technique and in worst cases due to luck of viable communication tools. The luck of industrial working experience by most lecturers is a draw back on their lecturing. They lecture whats in the books and cant vividly explain in class.

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  46. Education is the key hence fee’s should be regulated by government to enable all ambian afford higher institutions of learning.

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  47. Zambians let us not be people who just critisise without providing solutions.Let us be happy that we had leaders like Mwanawasa who even thought of setting up a big institution in Zambia such us this one.Talking nothing wont help us.This is a sign of development lets be glad

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  48. MULUNGUSHI IS A GOOD START,THERE IS NEED TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS THOUGH.ITS UP TO US ZAMBIANS TO SUPPORT IT.CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS WELCOME JUST REMEMBER TO OFFER SOLUTIONS.GOVT SHOULD PROVIDE BURSARIES LIKE IN OTHER UNIVERSITIES!!

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  49. MULUNGUSHI IS A GOOD START,THERE IS NEED TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS THOUGH.ITS UP TO US ZAMBIANS TO SUPPORT IT.CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS WELCOME JUST REMEMBER TO OFFER SOLUTIONS.GOVT SHOULD PROVIDE BURSARIES LIKE IN OTHER UNIVERSITIES

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  50. Why should a Degree programme run for 6 years? Its good that the Gov has considered puting education as a first priority. My worry is y should one go to Mulungushi University and spend another 6 years after studing Human Resource Magt at Evelyn Hone and yet one already has a Diploma obtained from Evelyn Hone(Three year programme). They should consider exempting those with Diplomas from recognised institutions. Just a Degree one shud spend 9 years!!!!!!! No its not acceptable, Mgt shud rescind that decision. From a concerned citizen of Zambia-Lusaka

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  51. i think it is a step in the right direction ….if at all it can become what it is capable of remains to be seen . big schools any where in the world all have humble beginning….and i think its a little premature to rule out the possibility that the school might just become one of Zambia’s best  . schools like Harvard  and Yale  did not become what they are known to be over night .as for the high cost , i think it is only necessary that those who can manage to pay get the worth of their money … of course the larger majority wont be able afford it , and yes it is not fair  but such is life . if we are going to move in the capitalist economy ….each of us must own our own summit . 

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  52. The campus itself has top notch infrastracture and more is being constructed.massive state of the art library is omost done,lecture theatres that will b adequate.so far it has omost 300 bed space.single rooms that is.however most pipo feel that chinene is not the ryt person to push the university foward.very soon they’ll have alot of problems because chinene is a wrong person for the job.i hope the govt does somethin soon or else we’ll have another white elephant in kabwe just lyk mulungushi-china textiles.

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  53. Zambia you have scored another first. But I have this to say to Vic Chancellor; dont take to long to introduce Engineering degree courses and please let us avoid all possible unrest from the Students. This is usually due to mismanagent of affairs and this can easily tarnish MU and bring it to he ranks of CBU & UNZA. We have had enough of our children graduating after seven years as opposed to 4 years.

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  54. The problem with most zambians is wanting to down grade other qualifications.It s unfortunate for people to think a university should not offer diplomas.most universities AROUND THE WORLD if not all do offer diplomas.In fact diploma holders perform better in most cases than degree holders due to level headedness.pls lets respect each others qualification as we need one another for an organisation to run smoothly.The cleaner of the company is as important,, s/he that does not have a degree.BRAVO MULUNGUSHI UNI.

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  55. :Bravo Mulungushi University!What a nice Place-a paradise on its own! modern structures! excellent libraries! excellent infrastructure! splendid student rooms! Superb university cafeterie1 excellently qualified lecturers! Excellent surroundings! Modern luxurious coaches! state of the art Library! The biggest graduation square in the country! is it really in zambia or it is a US university in Zambia? Comeon everyone,lets flock to MU-the best university in Zambia! Bravo Professor Chinene, Bravo all the lecturers! Bravo all students! mulungushi University- what an earthly paradise!

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  56. Kindly introduce degrees and remove those diplomas. Recruit lecturers who have masters and PhDs, if you really want to be a centre of excellence. There is need in your university to invest in the library and IT. International relations is still at diploma level. No wonder we have diplomats who know nothing.

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