2018 ZAPUC International Conference Call for Papers

The Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges (ZAPUC) will be hosting an international conference from 29thApril to 3rdMay 2018 at Avani Hotel, located at the banks of the Victoria Falls in Zambia’s tourist capital, Livingstone. The conference will bring together educationalists, researchers, policy makers, government officials and industry executives to reflect on the role of Universities and colleges in fostering sustainable national development. The conference will avail the participants the opportunity to gauge how higher education could be harnessed into being a key contributor to the realization of the sustainable development goals within the Agenda 2030 and beyond.


The main objective of the conference is to provide a platform and stimulate discussion on the role of higher education in sustainable national development with particular reference to the Sub-Saharan Africa region. It is expected that the conference will bring out issues that our respective governments and higher institutions of learning need to consider for the repositioning and transformation of higher education to effectively contribute to sustainable national development.The theme of the conference is “Repositioning the role of Universities and Colleges in Sustainable National Development”

Expected outcomes of the Conference

1. Enhanced sharing of good practices, research results and collaboration initiatives in solving challenges that cross borders through the unlocking and harnessing of new knowledge as well as building cultural and political understanding resulting in the modelling of environments that promote dialogue and debate and positively contribute to national development.
2. Forging of mutually beneficial partnerships and collaboration networks among higher education institutions and with industry and government resulting in the adoption of new initiatives for co-financing of higher education and implementation of projects thereby complementing the limited government funding.


ZAPUC invites academics, practitioners, consultants, researchers and policy makers with different backgrounds and experiences in higher education to present their papers in the conference and to discuss their experiences, new ideas, research results, as well as any practical challenges encountered and/or the solutions adopted during their work.The Conference committee would like to encourage postgraduate students to present their research findings under any of the three sub-themes of the conference at special subsidised registration fees.


We invite abstracts, proposals and papers, from universities, colleges, government ministries, industry as well as other relevant stakeholders, for presentation through plenary workshop sittings, posters or break-away sessions. The presentations should address any of the following sub-themes:

1. The relationship between higher education and industry

This will be discussed under the following thematic areas:

•    Linking Higher Education to Industry/Private Sector
•    Industry Integration with Higher Education
•    The Role of Research in Industry
•    Entrepreneurship in Higher Learning Institutions
•    Evaluation of the Impact of Industry on the Curricula of Higher Education
•    The role of Higher Education in Policy Development and Analysis
•    Relevance of Internship/Attachment/Practical Training in Skills Acquisition
•    The Role of Government in Promoting Collaboration and Partnerships Between Industry and Higher Education

2. Transformation of Higher Education for Sustainable National Development

This will be discussed under the following thematic areas:

•    Investment and Sustainability for Research in HE
•    Curriculum for Sustainable Development in HE
•    Financing Models for HE
•    Public and Private Partnerships (PPP) Policy in HE
•    Innovation and Patents for Sustainable Development in HE
•    Leadership in Higher Education Transformation
•    Policy influence on Higher Education Re-positioning

3. ICT in Higher Education

This will be discussed under the following thematic areas:

•    ICT in Counterfeit Management (e.g. Plagiarism, Cyber crime)
•    ICT in Governance Systems (e.g. Electronic Voting System)
•    Commercialization of ICT for Starter Ups for National Development
•    Using ICT Software in Teaching and Learning


Important Dates

We welcome the submission of full papers by 2nd March 2018. All full papers will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The dates below serve as a guideline for submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines. To submit the full paper please click on the link:  SUBMIT YOUR PAPER
Paper Submission Deadlines and Registration Dates
Full Paper Submission Deadlines
Deadline of submission of full papers 2nd March 2018
Notification of accepted paper to authors 16th March 2018

Registration Deadlines

Early Registration 31st January 2018
Regular Registration 28th February 2018
Late Registration 31st March 2018

Format for Conference Paper submission

•    Full length papers must be limited to six pages A4 single-line spacing (10 point font size minimum) and formatted following the IEEE conference paper format.
•    Paper submission is via EDAS.
•    Authors should access EDAS through the conference site for all submissions and by all means do not email papers directly to Track or Conference Chair persons as this makes reviewing of your papers messy and difficult.
•    All papers submitted to the conference will be reviewed by at least two international reviewers.
•    Papers which are registered and presented during the conference will be included in the conference proceedings with an ISBN to facilitate access and referencing.

Organising Committee Contact Details

Dr. G. K.Tambulukani
University of Zambia
PO Box 32379
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration Fees

ZAPUC paid up members

•    Early registration $200
•    Regular Registration $250
•    Late registration $300

Local Non ZAPUC members

•    Early registration $250
•    Regular Registration $300
•    Late registration $350

International Participants

•    Early registration $300
•    Regular Registration $350
•    Late registration $400

Postgraduate Students (local and SADC) 

•    Early registration $....
•    Regular Registration $….
•    Late registration $.....

Postgraduate Students (non-SADC)

•    Early registration $....
•    Regular Registration $….
•    Late registration $.....

Please refer to the ZAPUC website on: for more information on ZAPU, suitable lodging facilities and other details.  For conference registration the banking details are:

Bank:                     STANBIC
Account number:    9130000373528
Account Name:       Zambia association of Public Universities and Colleges
Account Type:        Cheque
Branch:                  Kabwe

For further details on the Conference, please contact the Conference Organising Committee Chairperson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the ZAPUC Chairperson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges (ZAPUC) a registered academic membership-based organisation comprising public universities and colleges in Zambia committed to quality service delivery to our students, government and other stakeholders by ensuring that our institutions follow ethical professional standards in the execution of their mandate.


The objective of ZAPUC is to promote high academic standards and collaboration among member institutions to foster synergies in higher education.


ZAPUC activities include, but are not limited to the following:

(i)    Undertaking staff and student exchange programmes to promote high academic standards;
(ii)    Enhancing quality assurance in academic programmes;
(iii)    Engaging in joint research and consultancy projects;
(iv)    Promoting and participating in inter-institutional sports and Open days;
(v)    Holding joint activities in the promotion of culture, music, etc
(vi)    Promoting and participating in joint activities in the community outreach programmes;
(vii)    Promoting and holding annual conferences for information sharing on new developments and innovations; and
(viii)    Participating in relevant regional and international meetings and conferences.


Both full and associate membership is open to all public and private higher institutions of learning, respectively, which are accredited by the Higher Education Authority.

Membership fees:

Full membership:         K10,000.00 per annum
Associate membership:    K5,000.00 per annum


ZAPUC Secretariat
University of Zambia
Great East Road Campus
P.O. Box 32379