|Since its inception, the University of Zambia Press (UNZA Press) has pursued three main objectives:
- To stimulate and revitalise research within the University and the broader Zambian academic community and convey the results of such research to the world community of scholars, various organisational planners, administrators and individuals who may need such information in Zambia to bring development to the country;
- To exhibit high standards of book publishing and intellectual integrity, business ethics and soundness of design and manufacturing; and
- To boost morale within the university community by ending dependence on foreign books.
In pursuing the above objectives, UNZA Press publishes six officially recognised scholarly journals, a monograph and selected books of academic nature. Its publications also include the Inaugural Professorial Lecture series. The six journals include: Journal of Science and Technology, African Social Research, Zango, Journal of Humanities and Zambia Law Journal. The monograph is the Zambian Papers.
The journals and the monograph are produced by competent editorial boards of the University academics with appropriate qualifications. UNZA Press, on the other hand, apart from being a secretariat for the editorial boards, also handles the administrative and production part of other publications.
The Book Project
In recent years, UNZA Press had embarked on a Book Exhibition Project which saw the publication of three book titles namely:
- The Innocence of a Dog, a collection of short stories, by John R. Luangala.
- Perspectives for Teachers of English as a Second Language, by C.P. Chishimba.
- Language Teaching: Games and Activities, by P.C. Manchishi
Collaboration with High Schools and other Higher Institutions/Individuals
UNZA Press has been working with different Schools within the University, institutions as well as individuals outside the University in order to produce textbooks and course manuals. In order to enhance this process, UNZA Press has been encouraging academics to write scripts for tertiary, basic and high school levels in Zambia.
Currently, UNZA Press is in the process of publishing two major book titles, namely:
- On Torts: This book covers quite a number of torts. However, what makes it unique is not only its coverage of Zambian cases but also its coverage of intellectual property rights. Although this is an entire subject in its own right, we do endeavour to provide the reader with an overview of it, owing to the fact that Intellectual Property Law is an elective course here at the University of Zambia and at most other Law Schools around the world. Although this book is designed primarily for academics, law students and legal practitioners, it will also prove useful to practitioners in a cross section of professions such as medicine, accounts, mechanics, journalism etc.
- The Growth of Education in Zambia Since Independence: This is a revised edition by J.M. Mwanakatwe. This book starts off with a brief outline of Zambia’s colonial and missionary educational heritage and how it proved inadequate to meet the country’s manpower needs at independence.
The book covers the various educational systems the country has undertaken in order to re-align the educational system to meet the demands of national development.
This edition also includes recent developments in the education sector in line with the liberation policy the nation has undergone. Liberalisation has opened up the education sector and seen the coming up of numerous institutions at all levels of education system including university level.
It further describes how Zambia has over the years managed to rapidly expand and integrate its school system, and at the same time offered education that was relevant to Zambia’s unique educational needs.