Leader of the opposition UPP Savior Chishimba has charged that Zambia must urgently reform its university education and stop what he called witchcraft degree notion.
Writing after conducting a VIP study tour of Israel’s Ariel University which is known as the heartbeat of Israel, Dr Chishimba said the UPP shall place premium on transforming all universities into institutions that shall deliver applied research-oriented education.
He noted that Ariel University has 114 professors and 384 senior lecturers with another 1, 500 members of staff.
“Workers include Arab Muslims, Druzes, Christians, Jews and other minorities. The same is true for students. The university, with a student population of 15, 000, has 41 research laboratories. 13 more labs are under construction. Added to this, are 15 applied research centres. Interestingly, the university has a robust research and development functional unit,” he noted.
He said the evidence of applicative education is in the 25 new patent applications that the university makes every year from its new inventions.
“So far 36 patents have been granted with 76 active projects underway and another 80 active patent families. R & D has flourished because of the strong laws on intellectual property rights,” he said.
Dr Chishimba said there are many graduates today in Zambia who cannot even compete with a first year student at Israeli universities.
He charged that the country’s education must be aligned to national priorities.
“University education is not college education. Our universities must be renowned for new inventions. It’s shocking that at the time that Israel has produced graduates like the one who invented waze (the driving GPS App), which Google has bought for US$10 billion, our Ministry of Higher Education is talking about introducing a degree in witchcraft! Jokers!”
“Noteworthy, another Jew invented WhatsApp which has been sold to Facebook at US$18 billion. This amount is the GDP of Zambia. Jews invest heavily in education and that’s why there is no nation that can beat Israel when it comes to originality in inventions.”
He added, “I was later taken to the cyber centre where practical education and ongoing research is done to ensure that hacking of systems is prevented. It is impossible to hack into Israel’s ICT systems. It’s laughable that our Ministry of Finance had the entire system crash, probably as an organised crime by the corrupt elements in government. My jaw dropped when I was given rare access to the simulation centre! High-tech applications for real simulations about every aspect of life are such as I have never ever seen in my life, not even what I saw in Georgia, USA.”
Dr Chishimba said, “UPP is continuing to get ready for government on day one when we shall win the next elections. All recycled “politicians” who have transformed politics into a get rich quickly enterprise shall not be recycled. We continue to invite young Zambians, women and professionals at home and in the diaspora to join UPP and intensify efforts to organise for real change in 2021.”