Prof. Simukanga Honoured by ZAMREN

The Zambia Research and Education Network (ZAMREN) honoured the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Director General, Prof. Stephen Simukanga, at their last Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Prof. Simukanga was honoured at ZAMREN’s AGM held on 11th June, 2021, at Pamodzi International Hotel in Lusaka for his contribution to the founding of ZAMREN as one of three (3) founding Vice-Chancellors between 2010 – 2016. The award recognised the efforts that Prof. Simukanga put into establishing ZAMREN during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia (UNZA).

The other two (2) Vice-Chancellors honoured were Prof. Mutale Musonda, who was the Vice-Chancellor of Copperbelt University, and Prof. Vernon Chinene, who was Vice-Chancellor of Mulungushi University.

The Director General was presented with his award by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Kayula Siame, who was assisted by ZAMREN Board Chairperson and Mulungushi University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Hellecy Ng’ambi.

Prof. Simukanga gives a vote of thanks after accepting his award.

In giving a vote of thanks after accepting his award, Prof. Simukanga noted how humbling an experience it was for someone to be appreciated the way ZAMREN had appreciated him whilst he was still alive. He, in the same breathe, thanked the Permanent Secretary and ZAMREN for the great honour they had bestowed on him.

Prof. Simukanga further noted that ZAMREN had produced in himself a Chairperson of the Board of the UbuntuNet Alliance, the regional Research and Education Networking organisation for Eastern and Southern Africa which forms the regional backbone network that interconnects National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) like ZAMREN. Prof. Simukanga is serving his second term on the Board, on which Prof. Ng’ambi also serves as a Board member.

ZAMREN is an NREN that started its operation in 2012 and has grown to become one of the leading Internet Service Provider and ICT solutions for Higher Education and Public Research Institutions in Zambia. An NREN is a specialised ICT provider that exists in a country to provide internet and advanced ICT services to the country’s research and educational institutions.

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