UNZA Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase, (2nd left) with Commandant, Defence Services Command & Staff College, Brigadier General Sitali Alibuzwi (left), confer the Diploma in Defence and Security at the first session of the 47th Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, 29th November 2017.

“For the military to be relevant to the field today, one needs not only military aspects of training, but one must also have a holistic approach to defense and security matters.” The University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase, said on Wednesday, 29th November 2017 at the first session of the 47th Graduation Ceremony of the University of Zambia held at Zambia National Service (ZNS) Chamba Valley Hall.

This marked the 8th Graduation Ceremony for the Diploma in Defence and Security Studies Programme. This year UNZA conferred the Diploma of Defence and Security to 63 graduands, 12 of whom were international students.

Prof. Tembo-Mwase further said that through the Diploma in Security and Defence studies, UNZA was attempting to expand the scope of knowledge and technical skills for the military service as well as developing military personnel with capacity to serve society better.

She encouraged the graduands to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll for bachelor’s degree programmes and, ultimately, the postgraduate degree programmes currently on offer.

The programme is designed to equip students with an understanding of issues from various disciplines such as Economics, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Development, Public Administration and Public Policy, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Ethics, History and Law.

UNZA’s co-operation with the Defence Services Command and Staff College dates as far back as 2010 when the programme was introduced in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of UNZA. Other special programmes UNZA offers through this school include the Diploma in Intelligence and Security Studies, Master of Arts in Defence and Security, and the Master of Arts in Economic Policy Management which targets the general public but with a bias towards Economics. These programmes have continued to attract students from several countries on the African continent. UNZA is also in talks with the Zambia Police Service and plans are underway to introduce a programme tailored for the service.

Graduands celebrate their graduation on Wednesday, 29th November 2017 at the ZNS Chamba Valley Hall.

 

By Maxwell Moono Jnr. (UNZA Student)