The Board of Directors of the Zambia Open University has appointed Professor Francis Yamba, a prominent Engineer and senior scholar, as the university’s chancellor.
Zambia Open University (ZOU) Board Chairperson, Dennis Wanchinga said Prof Yamba becomes the first Chancellor of the University and would soon be installed at ZOU’s first graduation ceremony.
In a press release made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr Wanchinga said Prof Yamba’s vast academic qualifications and massive work experience will add value to his work at the University.
“The Board of Directors at its 22nd meeting held on 3rd July, 2009, appointed Professor Francis Yamba, a prominent Engineer and senior scholar as Chancellor,” he said.
Prof Yamba holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow Auto Mobile and Road Construction Institute and a PhD in Combustion in Gas Turbine Engines from Leeds University of the United Kingdom.
He has worked for the University of Zambia as a lecturer, is former Indeco Technical Executive Director and also worked as Managing Director for Engineering Services Corporation, among many other work experiences.
Dr Wanchinga also disclosed that the Board of Directors also appointed Dr Henry Kaluba as the new Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University.
Dr Kaluba was until his appointment the Acting Director in the Social Transformation Programme Division, a department that deals with Education, Gender and Health Departments at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
Dr Kaluba holds a Masters and a PhD from the University of London, a B.A with Education from the University of Zambia and a diploma from Nkrumah Teachers’ College.
He taught at UNZA in the School of Education and has published widely in the field of Education.