Where we are
Role of the Unit
The Unit is responsible for advising University Management on Public Relations issues, both internal and external. Other functions include guiding the Institution in Fairs and all matters petaining to public events and publicity
UNZA made an impact at the 2014 international Zambia intarnational Trade Fair in Ndola
At the National Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka, UNZA emerged overall best educational institution.
The University of Zambia has two campuses, namely Great East Road Campus and Ridgeway Campus.
GREAT EAST ROAD CAMPUS
The Main University Campus is situated on the south side of the Great East Road about nine (9) kilometres from the city centre in Lusaka. With an area of about 290 hectares, the campus is on a fairly level site and much of the property has been brought into use for academic and residential purposes. The following schools are located at this main campus; School of Education, School of Law, School of Natural Sciences, School of Humanties and Social sciences, School of Engineering, School of Mines, School of Agricultural Sciences and Samora Machel School of Veterinary Medicine
ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Location: Central Administration Block
Great East Road Campus, Lusaka
Postal Address: P.O. Box 32379, Lusaka
Deputy Vice-ChancellorÂÂ +260-21-1-254408
Academic OfficeÂ +260-21-1-295220
THE RIDGEWAY CAMPUS
The Ridgeway Campus is situated near the University Teaching HospitalÂÂÂ on John Mbita Road, and is about nine hectares in extent. The Campus is about four kilometers from city centre in Lusaka and about seven kilometres from the Great East Road Campus.ÂÂÂ The School of Medicine is lacated here.
P.O. Box 50110, Lusaka
Telephones: Units, School of Medicine,
Dean and All Departments: +260-21-1-252641
Historical Background of UNZA
Some thought had been given in the early 1950s to the establishment of a University college in Lusaka, but such proposals as there may have been were abandoned in 1953 with the creation of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and the related political decision to establish a University college in Salisbury (now Harare). Almost ten years were to pass before the question of a University for the then Northern Rhodesia was formally re-opened. This was done by the government which came into power in December 1962, and which for the first time consisted of a majority from the two nationalist parties, the United National Independence Party and the African National Congress. In March 1963, this Government appointed a Commission under the Chairmanship of Sir John Lockwood, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, to advise on the development of a University. In its report, which was submitted in November 1963, the Lockwood Commission unanimously recommended the establishment of a University in Lusaka.
In January 1964, the Government signified that it accepted the recommendations of the Lockwood Commission and within four months there was an inaugural meeting of the Provisional Council of the University, the body charged with bringing the University into being.
In July 1964, the former Rhodes-Livingstone Institute, a research institute with an international reputation for scholarly research and publications in the field of social anthropology dating back to 1938, came under the jurisdiction of the Provisional Council. In July 1965, Dr D.G. Anglin, of Carleton University in Canada, was appointed as Vice-Chancellor. A month later, the Oppenheimer College of Social Service was incorporated into the University at a time when extensive additions to its premises in John Mbita Road, in the Ridgeway area of Lusaka, were already well under way.
In October 1965, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia gave his assent to Act Number 66 of 1965, and its commencement on 12 November 1965 of the same year brought the University of Zambia into legal existenced.
Under a reconstituted Provisional Council, recruitment of staff had been proceeding apace against the deadline set for the first intake of students, namely 17 March 1966. On that day the first academic session commenced at the Ridgeway Campus.
The President, Dr Kaunda was installed as Chancellor on 12 July 1966, in the presence of representatives of more than fifty other universities and some two thousand guests. The following day. The Chancellor laid the foundation stone for the University of Zambia on the Great East Road Campus.