Government says the University of Zambia needs to be restructured to make it a more profitable public university in the country and the region.
ZANUIS reports that Minister of Higher Education Nkanu Luo said the University of Zambia needs to transform its management, staff and labour union in a bid to come up with solutions to address challenges currently facing the university.
Professor Luo was speaking in Lusaka yesterday in a speech read on her behalf by her Ministry’s Director for Vocation Education and Training Alex Simumba during the 46th graduation ceremony held in Lusaka today.
Professor Luo challenged the private sector to take keen interest in the operation and running of the University of Zambia.
And speaking on behalf the students Silvia Hamaabwe thanked government for offering bursaries and student loans to the students to complete their studies.
Meanwhile, Government has advised the University of Zambia (UNZA) management to make a follow up on the career progression of its students after they have graduated.
ZANIS reports that Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo, said this in a speech read on her behalf by her Ministry’s Director of Vocational Education and Training Alex Simumba during UNZA’S 46th graduation ceremony in Lusaka yesterday.
Professor Luo noted that the follow up will help UNZA know the rate at which the market is absorbing its graduates and appreciate the relevance of the programmes and academic services that the institution offers.
“You need to begin to conduct an annual tracer study of your students so that you know what employers of your students are saying about the skills and competencies of your graduates,” said professor Luo.
The minister stressed that the success of the nation is determined and will continue to be driven by the intellectual capital that universities and other institutions of higher learning institutions produce.
Professor Luo said that it is for this reason that the nation must invest more in education and set up the right governance structures for financing of infrastructure for Researchers and Teachers.
And Silvia Hamabwe, who spoke on behalf of other graduates said the degrees that they have acquired will be used for the success and development of the nation.
Ms Hamabwe said the graduates are resolved to uphold the values of UNZA and promote the institution’s image locally and abroad.