Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Prof. Nkandu Luo (centre) launched the Africa Centres of Excellence on Wednesday, 25th April 2018 with Acting UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase (right) and Acting CBU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Shadreck Chama (left). 

Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Prof. Nkandu Luo, says that the Zambian Government is delighted with the University of Zambia (UNZA) and Copperbelt University (CBU) for their efforts to obtain funding for research through competitive business proposals from cooperating partners. She assured the two universities of government support in their pursuit of excellence in research and teaching which would be used to uplift the citizens’ living standards and ultimately contribute to sustainable national development.

Prof. Luo said this during the launch of the World Bank Group-funded Africa Centre of Excellence to be based at UNZA and CBU on Wednesday, 25th April 2018 at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka.

She said that the Africa Centre of Excellence of Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (UNZA ACE IDHA) would provide resourceful research findings which would be used in prevention and treatment of diseases which affect both man and animals. And the Africa Centre of excellence for Sustainable Mining (CBU ACE-SM) would carry out research which would improve mineral extraction processes and effective management of mining waste such as waste rock and tailing dams.

And Acting UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase, thanked Government and World Bank Group for funding the establishment of the UNZA ACE IDHA which would assist in seeking academic excellence in research and teaching, in line with the University’s motto: “Service and Excellence”. Prof. Tembo-Mwase called upon all academic and administrative departments to support the UNZA ACE-IDHA initiative.

Meanwhile, Acting CBU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Shadreck Chama, said that CBU ACE-SM would be focused on a multi-disciplinary approach and enhanced linkages between academia and industry in tackling a long list of challenges such as high energy and water consumption, land disturbances and protected areas, waste and excavations, soil, water and air pollution, health and safety, poverty, land conflicts, human rights and governance, etc.

He said that the centre would provide leadership in re-orienting existing degree programmes and develop new masters, doctoral and post-doctoral education, teaching and research programmes to address sustainable mining in the country.

The UNZA ACE IDHA, which is housed the in the School of Veterinary Sciences, will provide the opportunity to develop the research capacity and training of academic staff and students. The main focus will be on research into infectious diseases which affect both humans and animals such as bird flu, ebola, tapeworms, avian flu, Brucellosis, Anthrax, etc.

The CBU ACE SM will be focused on promoting sustainable mining through research on many mining-related issues such as land, water and air pollution, land recovery in mined areas and tailing dams etc. 

The two centres of excellence are part of the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence which is a consortium of 24 Africa Centres of Excellence in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The two centres of excellence bring regional and international recognition and prestige to the two universities and the country at large.

Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Prof. Nkandu Luo, takes a group photo with invited guests during the launch of the Africa Centres of Excellence at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka.