The University of Zambia says it will soon introduce new post graduate programmes through open distance learning.
University of Zambia Acting Vice Chancellor Enala Mwase says the institution in conjuction with Zimbabwe Open University plans to introduce new programmes and expand on the already existing ones.
Professor MWASE says the move follows the high demand arising from the marketing survey conducted recently.
She was speaking at the official opening of the joint University of Zambia and Zimbabwe Open University implementation review workshop in Siavonga on Tuesday morning.
Professor Mwase said distance education is at the centre of the two universities ‘ remodelling agenda.
The Acting Vice Chancellor is optimistic that the education partnership initiative between the two universities will build the much needed human capital to stimulate socio-economic development in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Earlier, Zimbabwe Open University Acting Vice Chancellor Alfred Ncube called for the expansion of the partnership between the University of Zambia and Zimbabwe Open University to other areas of cooperation.
Professor Ncube is of the view that the two universities could explore the possibility of having an exchange programme where lecturers can teach either at the University of Zambia and vice versa.
And University of Zambia Institute of Distance Education Director Professor Boniface Namangala who gave a Zambian perspective said the institution has so far not recorded any examination malpractice for post graduate programme.
The University of Zambia in partnership with Zimbabwe Open University currently offers five post graduate programmes through distance learning.
The two universities have been offering post graduate programmes through distance education for three years now.
Cavendish University Zambia has dismissed media reports suggesting that the university has been shut down.
According to newspaper reports, the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority -TEVETA – deregistered Cavendish University for not complying with TEVETA standards.
But Cavendish University Vice Chancellor, Professor Mutale Musonda says the university does not offer technical or vocational programmes and is therefore not regulated by TEVETA.
Professor Musonda says the university is registered under the Higher Education Authority and not TEVETA.
He has advised all students that the university will resume residential classes for distant students on July 10 while full and part time students will resume lessons on July 24,2017.
Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo says the state of infrastructure in most colleges does not befit the levels of tertiary institutions.
Professor Luo says some infrastructure in colleges and higher learning are in very poor state.
The Minister said this after touring Nkumbi International College in Mkushi district in Central province.
The minister has since given management a one week ultimatum to improve the sanitary conditions.
And College Principal Joseph Musonda complained that the college has inadequate accommodation for the students.
Government has bought Information and Communication Technology -(ICT)- equipment for three public universities and 5 TEVET institutions.
This is under the 35 Million U.S Dollar Support to Science, Technical and Education Project –STEP- financed by the African Development Bank-ADB.
Ministry of Higher Education Acting Permanent Secretary Muzanu Simumba disclosed this in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.
Mr. Simumba further disclosed that three thousand students have been given money for work based and Entrepreneurship trainings under the project.
He said the fund is also being used to help Lecturers upgrade their qualifications from diplomas to degree level.
Mr. Simumba said progress has been made under the four-year project ending in 2018.
One of India’s leading private Universities, Shimla has given Zambia 150 scholarships.
Shimla University Director Admissions Ajit Nedungadi says 50 are 100 percent scholarships while 100 are at 50 percent support.
Dr. Nedungadi says the scholarships are specifically for tuition fees while students should cater for their own air tickets, accommodation and state government administrative costs, all estimated at 1500 US Dollars per year.
He says the scholarships are in the fields of engineering, management, fashion design, hospitality, law, journalism, architecture, and applied sciences.
Dr. Nedungadi announced this when he called on Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga at her residence in New Delhi, India.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga has praised the Government of India and Shimla University for providing support to students from Africa and Zambia in particular.
This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Navilley.