Proposed Jembo University Pays Courtesy Call on HEA

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) was paid a courtesy call by Proposed Jembo University that is being set up by the Wesleyan Church to be part of the rich faith-based private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Zambia.

Currently, HEA has registered over 18 faith-based HEIs out of the 54 registered private HEIs, accounting for 33% of registered private universities in Zambia.

Speaking when he met the Authority’s Director General, Dr. Henry Smith, the consultant for the Proposed Jembo University, expressed his gratitude to HEA for their warm reception, adding that the Wesleyan Church was eager to set up the university in order to provide a service that is highly needed in Southern Province specifically, and Zambia, in general.

Dr. Smith is also a Board Member and has worked for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for over 25years. HLC is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six (6) regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States.

And, speaking in an exclusive phone interview with HEA after the meeting, Bishop Dr. Alfred Kalembo, the Proposed Jembo University Vice-Chancellor Elect, stated that even though the Prospective Jembo University was conceived to be a university at Jembo Mission, which is located 21 Kilometres from Pemba Town in Southern Province, the university, when registered, would move its main campus to Choma, with the Jembo Mission campus remaining to operate as a campus.

“For better accessibility for the prospective students, we intend for the main campus to be in Choma with other campuses in Pemba, Zimba and Lusaka,” Bishop Dr. Kalembo said.

Bishop Dr. Kalembo, who retired as the Bishop of Pilgrim Wesleyan Church in October this year after 17years, said that Southern Province had not had the best share of universities in Zambia and, as such, the Proposed Jembo University is both the answer to this and the answer to the New Dawn Government’s call for public-private partnerships. “It is going to be more like 50-50 (in people being served by the university) because in a country like ours, there is no way that you can just look at the elite as some of the best brains are in the most vulnerable communities,” Bishop Dr. Kalembo said, adding, “the mandate of the church is to ensure that we are a blessing to everyone.”

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