The President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left), being shown where his name appears in the UNZA Graduates Directory by Deputy Registrar, Administration, Ms Mubanga Mulenga (centre) while Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba (right), looks on during the 1st UNZA Alumni and Advancement Fundraising Gala Dinner on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka.

“There are over 30,000 UNZA alumni since its inception in 1966. These intellectuals have shaped the future of this country while some of them are contributing to the development of the African continent and the world at large,” The President of Zambia, His Excellency, Alumnus Edgar Chagwa Lungu said during The First University of Zambia Alumni and Advancement Fundraising Gala Dinner that was held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre on Saturday, 2nd December 2017.

He said that universities had a big role to play in the successful implementation of The Seventh National Development Plan. They needed to supply the country with the necessary human capital to complement existing workforce.

“Our commitment to expanding access to higher education is in line with our policy to archive the country’s economic transformation,” President Lungu said.

President Lungu flagged off the fundraising dinner by making a commitment of allocating through the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development budget funds amounting to K90 Million, and made a personal contribution of K1 Million towards the construction of the Multi-Purpose Teaching and Learning Centre at the Great East Road campus in Lusaka.

And Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Prof. Nkandu Luo, MP, was grateful that the President joined his fellow alumni who had been calling on the Government do something to help the university, said that everyone should do something about assisting UNZA become the world class university it was meant to be.

Prof. Luo said that her ministry was working towards a policy to make it a mandate for the Alumni to contribute to the institutions from which they attained their higher education.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Interim Committee of Council of the University of Zambia, Ms Namuchana Musiwa, said, “If our university has to rise to platinum standard, we must have the vision and commitment to invest in it. What is needed to achieve this is cutting-edge technologies, learning, teaching and research technologies.”

At the same function, Chairperson of the UNZA Alumni Relations and Advancement Board, Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula, said that the era when graduation meant goodbye to UNZA was now over as we have entered a phase where we would cherish a life-long relationship with all our Alumni of UNZA.

She said that to achieve the idea of a world class university, the UNZA Alumni Relations and Advancement operations focused on promoting infrastructure, development, research and scholarships.

UNZA Chancellor, Dr. Jacob Mwanza, said that UNZA deserved not only to be a flag carrier of excellency and the leading university in the country, but a world class university to match recommendations of other universities like Harvard University, Yale University and Cambridge University, to mention a few.

Dr. Mwanza said that the above-named universities had very strong alumni associations that contributed materially as well as scientifically to the growth of universities which in turn led to their strong reputations.

Meantime, UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba, said that an investment in education was an investment in the mind and ultimately, was an investment into our future.

Prof. Mumba said it was time for Zambia to continue investing in education as it was the only way to plan for the next 100 years.

He furthered commended President Lungu through his government for the 51% increment towards education in the national budget for 2018 and for the help rendered in the liquidation of the combined debt of UNZA, Mulungushi University and Copperbelt University which stood at K3.5 billion.

The event brought together over 680 UNZA alumni, partners and friends of the university to network and fundraise for the construction of the Multi-purpose Teaching and Learning Centre to be built at UNZA’s Great East Road campus in Lusaka

Read the full Speech by the President here.

DANCING WITH THE PRESIDENT: Independent Kantanshi Member of Parliament, Mr Anthony Chanda Mumba (right), bids K120,000 to dance with President Lungu (2nd left). He is joined by Chairperson, Interim Committee of UNZA Council, Ms Namuchana Musiwa (right),  and Chairperson, UNZA Alumni Relations and Advancement Board, Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula (centre, in blue dress), during the 1st UNZA Alumni and Advancement Fundraising Gala Dinner on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka.

 

By Maxwell Moono Jnr. (UNZA Student)