The University of Zambia (UNZA) has launched an ambitious 5 year strategic plan whose implementation budget is estimated at KR 3.6 billion and is aimed at positioning the institution in contributing to both academic and national development.
And Government has implored UNZA and other tertiary institutions to help in the transformation of the public sector in line with the PF manifesto in a bid to deliver quality services to Zambians.
Speaking at the launch, UNZA Vice Chancellor Stephen Simukanga said the five year plan will focus on building on the successes of the previous plan by transforming challenges posed by an emerging competitive era.
Professor Simukanga explained that the plan would strategically poised UNZA for the provision of quality higher education and consultancy services to the needs of the country’s developmental agenda.
He further explained that the funding for the plan will come from both internal and external sources such as tuition fees, consultancy fees and other business ventures.
Professor Simukanga pointed out that UNZA is also forging viable and profitable joint ventures with both public and private sector under the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a source of alternative funding.
And speaking at the same function, Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Deputy Minister Nevelyn Wilombe bemoaned the poor work culture among Zambians.
Professor Willombe said Zambia has remained underdeveloped compared to countries that were far less developed than Zambia in 1964 because of poor work culture among Zambians.
He commended UNZA management and Senate for formulating a 5 strategic plan in line with the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP) and the Vision 2030 that are aimed at making Zambia a middle income country.
Excellent!! Repositioning UNZA to industrial realities and community transformation is long overdue….Hope not just academic, we await results
Hope the pressure to make money wont compromise the quality of service and products from UNZA through admission of DULL but RICH students. We hope that strategic plan includes the curriculum change to make it more competitive and less theoretical.
Welcome move indeed.Unza has a bigger role of re-educating the basics which lack in primary and secondary schools.Meaning that work culture has to be taught from grade one, inculcating in younger minds the idea that what is taught within the confines of four walls should apply outside school premises as well.Most graduates tend to be almost irrelevant to development as our education system lacks local application based on current challenges.Lectures should have dynamic focused plans for their lessons which should be way ahead of challenges the country is likely to face at least five years from the first semester in every course .Only this stimulation of mind will enhance projected national planing. Unza must be a source for future solutions with each graduate with a clear vision .
Bushe, what is this strategic plan……..no details given, are we supposed to guess sure????pathetic reporting
very right this kind of reporting is very shallow. Give us the details you lazy journalist
Thats ZANIS reporting so direct your dismay towards that entity. But wait, they are government funded and have the same fallacies UNZA is trying to fix; the lousy work ethic that lends to incomplete reporting. LT are merely aggregating the news here.
As regards the plan UNZA hopes to accomplish, I am as pleased as you are and truly hope that,UNZA / CBU do regain relevance and adjust to the pulse of Zambia’s needs. Might I suggest UNZA’s dept of Ed. draft a curriculum for primary and secondary schools ( not the BS plan Kabimba has) to get kids to embrace the new culture. Oh and teach ethics at every level ( it would be too much to ask for liberal arts education too so this is a compromise…maybe)
THATS WHAT I WAS EXPECTING TO READ (THE DETAILS OF THE STRATEGIC) WHEN I RUSHED TO READ THIS ARTICLE. BUT, ITS AN EMPTY ARTICLE AND A SHEER WASTE OF READERS’ TIME.
Seems to me CBU is doing much better!
Rent more accommondation for student outside UNZA so that they can study well. You can not study well with 6 people in one room.
AT LAST. MAKE SURE YOU ACHIEVE YOUR MEASURABLE GOALS WITH PROPER PRIORITIES. OTHERWISE WILL BE A FAILED STRATEGY. GOOD START.
What we need is solutions to failure of strategic plans and failure to fulfil promises.
This country if full of talk no action. Not even from the great man of action.
UNZA HAS GONE TO THE DOGS!!!!
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THAT 500,000,000 KRB DEBT?
WILL IT BE SWALLOWED BY REVENUE IN THE 5 YEAR PLAN?
is that a prison building? its terrible, i cant send my son to that sku, lecturers are paid less than 3000 us$ a month and you call it a university?
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