A 73 year old student at the University of Lusaka (UNILUS) stole the limelight among over 1,200 students that graduated from various disciplines at the University’s 6th graduation ceremony, when she graduated top of her Master of Arts class.
Ms Tangu Mazaba, who is Lusaka Apex Medical University Registrar received rounds of applause from fellow graduates and the attending general public when she received her award for best student in Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Management.
And government says it will only support private Universities that are meeting the set standards in the provision of quality education in the country.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Ronald Chitotela said government wants to partner with credible private universities to develop a cadre of professional graduate workers to drive the country’s transformation agenda.
Mr Chitotela was speaking when he officiated at the University of Lusaka’s sixth graduation ceremony, held under the theme “Quality education for sustainable development”.
He urged private universities in the country to help change mindsets and produce graduates that can create jobs and wealth and not depend on government for jobs.
Quoting the late US President John F. Kennedy, the minister challenged graduates not to ask what Zambia can do for them, but rather question themselves what they can do to improve the socio-economic landscape of the country.
And UNILUS Chancellor Caleb Fundanga urged the graduates to use the skills obtained to help develop the country through job creation and wealth in order to contribute to the attainment of vision 2030.
Dr Fundanga said there is need for the country to use education to promote sustainable development.
The UNILUS Chancellor said his University has now positioned itself to contribute to global development and the well-being of humanity through the excellent educational programmes it provides to local and international students.