His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia will tomorrow [Friday, May 17, 2013] lay a foundation stone for the construction of the Palabana University.
This is barely two weeks after the Head of State laid a foundation stone for the construction of Chalimbana University.
President Sata says the birth of Chalimbana and Palabana universities will shortly be followed by the upgrading of infrastructure in other universities that have been created so far.
“I am proud to announce that government has already completed the transformation of the Nkrumah College of education in Kabwe into a fully fledged university of Social Sciences. Government has further completed the transformation of the Copperbelt College of education in Kitwe into a fully fledged Mukuba University of Natural Sciences,” President Sata says.
“The establishment of these universities underscores the PF government’s determination to increase access to tertiary education especially for our young people who are currently competing to go to the only three public universities, being the University of Zambia, Copperbelt University and Mulungushi University.”
In addition, the President says government is completing construction works at the Robert Kapasa Makasa University of Science and Technology in Chinsali district in Muchinga province.
President Sata says government is determined to establish a university in each of the ten provinces.
“It is with dismay that regardless of the growing population, Zambia has for the past 49 years of independence, lagged behind in the expansion of tertiary education especially at university level, due to the limited number of universities in the country. It is for this reason that the Patriotic Front (PF) government is determined to change this scenario,” the Head of State says.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS