Deputy Mayor, Hon. Evaristo Chilufya (seated right) representing Kitwe Mayor, His Worship, Mr Christopher Kang'ombe with Ms Christine Kanyengo (seated left) representing UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba, pose for a group photo with UNZA staff during the official launch of computer laboratories at the Copperbelt Provincial Centre on Friday, 2nd June 2017 in Kitwe.

The Mayor of the City of Kitwe, His Worship, Mr Christopher Kang’ombe, who was represented by Deputy Mayor, Hon. Evaristo Chilufya, has hailed the University of Zambia (UNZA) for bring higher education close to the people of the Copperbelt province, particularly Kitwe district. He said this during the launch of the UNZA Copperbelt Provincial Centre Computer Laboratories on Kantanta Street on Friday, 2nd June 2017.

 Mr Kang’ombe commended UNZA Council and Management for approving the open distance learning policy which would enable people access higher education at their convenient time and place. He assured UNZA Management of the Kitwe City Council’s support in their effort to expand their operations in the district.

Meanwhile, UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba, who was represented by UNZA Librarian, Ms Christine Kanyengo, indicated the country’s number one institution of higher learning was committed to adopting information communication technology (ICT) innovation in its delivery of higher education to the people of Zambia and beyond its borders.

Prof. Mumba said that the new computer laboratories would enable learners and users to access instant vital information needed for their studies without physically travelling to head office in Lusaka. He said that UNZA would replicate these ICT facilities to all provincial centres in the country, starting with Livingstone.

And Dean, School of Education, Dr. Oswell Chakulimba, said that the Copperbelt Provincial Centre was a model of what was desired for all the other centres in the country.

He said that School of Education Adult Education and Extension Studies would continue to partner with UNZA Institute of Distance Education in upgrading facilities in the provincial centres in line of the university motto: ‘Service and Excellence’.

At the same function, Director, Institute of Distance Education, Prof. Boniface Namangala, said that the e-learning had transformed the way open and distance learning had been delivered as students were assisted to study at their convenient time by using ICT based gadgets.

He said that learners now had access to online library and other resources that they needed to research, write and submit assignments, register online as well as check for their results.

Giving a vote of thanks, UNZADESA Acting President, Ms Josephine Kapata, commended UNZA Management for setting the computer laboratories on the Copperbelt as it would reduce the cost of learning by extension studies and distance students who used to travel to Lusaka to register and submit assignments.

"Students will be able to register and submit assignments online here at the UNZA Copperbelt Provincial Centre laboratories. They will be able to research at their own time. Moreover, the two computer laboatories will decogest the IDE offices and reduce the long queues of students seeking to register, inquiry about their results, payments and collecting modules," Ms Kapata said.

The Copperbelt Provincial centre provides extension studies and distance education for students pursuing various courses with UNZA who cannot study on full-time basis. The centre caters for students from the Copperbelt province as well as surrounding ones. The newly launched computer laboratories will significantly help students meet their academic obligations such as assignments and research.

Deputy Mayor, Hon. Evaristo Chilufya (right) with Ms Christine Kanyengo (2nd left) , UNZA Dean of Student Affairs, Mr Fastone Zgambo (middle), Dean, School of Education, Dr Oswell Chakulimba (2nd left) and Director, Institute of Distance Education, Prof. Boniface Namangala (left) listen to the proceedings of the official launch of the Copperbelt Provincial Centre Computer Laboratories in Kitwe.