UNIVERSITY of Zambia Chancellor Jacob Mwanza says he is pleased with the efforts that the university is making to enhancing quality education in an effort to improve the academic ranking of the university in the world.
According to the Webmetrics ranking of the world universities, UNZA is ranked number 66 in Africa and 3,970 in the world.
Dr Mwanza said during the 43rd graduation ceremony in Lusaka that he is delighted to learn that the university is already employing strategies to improve its ranking in the international community.
â€œThis graduation is already a reflection of the efforts by the institution towards attaining the top position in university ranking in Africa and the world,â€ he said.
Dr Mwanza said that the theme â€œEnhancing International Ranking of the University of Zambiaâ€ will help the university double efforts to improve the rankings.
He called on Government to take a bigger interest in the institution and fund it fully to enable it attain the highest spot in university rankings.
Dr Mwanza, who is also former UNZA vice chancellor, urged the graduates to apply themselves in their endeavours and demonstrate that they are coming from the highest learning institution in the land.
â€œI know there are serious challenges that the institution is facing but I still believe that you have been adequately trained to face any situation wherever you will go. By applying yourselves fully and positively, you will be contributing toward a higher ranking of the institution, remember you are the salt of this country,â€ Dr Mwanza said.
And UNZA vice chancellor Stephen Simukanga said the university is determined to reverse the trends so that the rightful ranking is regained.
Professor Simukanga said the institution will promote and maintain excellence in teaching, learning, research and consultancy in order to boost the quality of education.
A total of 5,664 students graduated this year as compared to 3,470 who graduated last year.
Out of that number, 406 are postgraduates as compared to 141 last year.
Undergraduates degrees are 3,032 as compared 2,470 last year while diploma graduates are 2,226 as compared to 1,800 last year..
Prof Simukanga said the institution has introduced a Master of Arts in Defence and Security Studies which graduated its first cohort of 32 defence and security officers.