PRESS RELEASE: HEA Set to Close Higher Education Institutions Operating Without a Certificate of Registration and Certificate of Accreditation of Learning Programmes

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) hereby informs all Higher Education Institution (HEI) that the Authority will close all institutions, campuses and centres operating without a certificate of registration by 31st December, 2023.

Furthermore, HEA directs all HEIs that are still offering unaccredited learning programmes to ensure that such programmes are submitted for accreditation by 30th November, 2023. The Authority will not allow any HEI, either public or private, to offer unaccredited learning programmes that will not be accredited by 31st December, 2023.

HEA is mandated to regulate HEIs by the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013. Read together with the Higher Education Amendment Act, 2021, the Higher Education Act requires all private HEIs, other than those that are regulated by the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA), to obtain a certificate of registration from the Authority before commencement of operations. Further, the Act requires that all HEIs, both public and private, apply for accreditation of their learning programmes before they can offer them.

HEA continues to warn the general public not to enrol at any private institution not registered with the Authority neither should they enrol in any learning programme from both private and public HEIs that has not been accredited as their qualifications will not be recognised.

To learn more about higher education in Zambia and the learning programmes accredited by HEA, the public is advised to regularly refer to the Authority’s website, or email, or call +260 211 227 084.