PRESS RELEASE: Higher Education Authority Clarification on Zambian Royal Medical University

Issued on 4th June, 2024

Issued by Mr. Birbal Boniface Musoba
Corporate Communications Officer
Higher Education Authority

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) would like to clarify some concerns regarding Zambian Royal Medical University, a private Higher Education Institution (HEI) of Registration No.: HEA/089:

  1. HEA inspected Zambian Royal Medical University and found deficiencies at the private university which the Authority directed the university to address by 31st March, 2024.  
  2. The deficiencies were found in the following areas:
    • Governance;
    • Teaching and learning spaces;
    • Unqualified lecturers;
    • Unregistered extended campus;
    • Erractic delivery of lessons; and
    • Overcrowding in learning spaces.
  3. In accordance with the provisions of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013, HEA directed the university to submit an improvement plan which would highlight how the HEI intended to address the highlighted deficiencies by 31st March, 2024.
  4. Zambian Royal Medical University complied and submitted the improvement plan. This led to HEA granting the university three (3) extra months to implement the improvement plan.
  5. Therefore, HEA will conduct an inspection of Zambian Royal Medical University on 12th June, 2024, to verify the status of implementation of the improvement plan. During the inspection HEA will investigate all allegations including public concerns circulating in the media about the university.
  6. The Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013, provides specific sanctions for contravention of its provisions and noncompliance to the Act which include deregistration of a private HEI.

The Authority assures the public that it is fulfilling its mandate of “Ensuring Quality in Higher Education.” Therefore, the public should have a sense of comfort knowing that all HEIs are being closely monitored by the Authority to ensure strict adherence to set quality standards, with no compromises.

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