The Higher Education Authority (HEA) won big at the just ended 93rd Agricultural and Commercial Show by triumphing in the highly contested Best Regulatory Exhibit category.
HEA, which was operationalised in 2015, recorded its first exhibition triumph with its Third-Place finish in the Regulators category at this year’s show, which was held from 31st July – 5th August, 2019, in Lusaka under the theme, “Embracing Industrial Development.”
Speaking after being presented with a certificate and a specially made trophy by the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia (ACSZ) President, Mrs. Carolyne M. Silwamba, HEA Director General, Professor Stephen Simukanga, lauded the achievement, noting the giant strides the Authority has made within a short period of time in ensuring that its mandate is articulated clearly to the public.
“HEA strives to go beyond merely being a regulator in the higher education sector, but we also want to be a player in the sector and, as such, this means clearly articulating our mandate through our public relations so that the general public is able to discourse with us about the state of higher education in Zambia,” Professor Simukanga said.
The Director General noted that this achievement was an achievement that HEA shared with the four (4) institutions it exhibited with at Jubilee Gardens.
“We did not exhibit alone this year but we came together with our colleagues that are as heavily invested in higher education as we are, thus, we could not have achieved this triumph without them putting their best feet forward in representing the pedigree of quality that is inherent in higher education,” Professor Simukanga stated.
HEA exhibited together with Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE), Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA), Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA), and Higher Education Loans & Scholarships Board (HELSB).
Being institutions invested in ensuring quality in the higher education sector, the aforementioned institutions exhibited as a collective by domesticating the Show’s Theme under their combined theme interpretation, “Supporting Industrial Development Through Vocational Training and Higher Education.”
Professor Simukanga thanked the ACSZ for presenting HEA with a trophy days after the official prize giving ceremony was held during the main event of the Show.
“I am very grateful to the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia, its President, Mrs. Silwamba, and its General Manager, Mr. Mukamba, for presenting us with this trophy and according HEA the opportunity to continue the conversation on ensuring quality in higher education,” he said.
The Director General concluded that HEA will strive to achieve an even higher placing during next year’s Show’s competition.
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