THE Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood has launched the University of Zambia (UNZA) Graduate School of Business. THE Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Childhood has launched the University of Zambia (UNZA) Graduate School of Business.
Minster of Education Michael Kaingu said despite UNZA’s contribution towards training professionals in business courses been limited, he is hopeful that the graduate school will place UNZA in the spotlight in terms of providing quality education in business.
Dr. Kaingu said this in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Education deputy minister Sydney Mushanga.
“We need to recognize that bureaucracy and lack of customer focus will not work for the development and expansion of the graduate school of business … the graduate school will place UNZA in the spotlight and the corporate world will be keen to know how quick response to delivering tailored programs and market relevant content will be,” Dr. Kaingu stated.
He said UNZA being the nation’s leader in the provision of higher education should set itself on an aggressive incremental innovation and change management programme.
He explained; “We want to see a different UNZA … to an institution that is innovative and providing skills to meet the demand in Zambia’s modern industrial, commercial and financial sectors.”
Dr. Kaingu said the launch of the Graduate School of Business is an example of the kind of innovation that is ought to be seen at UNZA.
“It is also an important step towards the consolidation of the leadership of the University of Zambia in the higher education sector,” he added. “This new approach must include new approaches to pedagogy, premised on the benefits Information and Communication Technology (ICT).”
Dr. Kaingu challenged the UNZA to ensure that the Graduate School of Business goes on to become significant source of the university’s revenue and an answer to some financial challenges faced at the university.
And speaking at the same event, ZANACO Plc managing director Bruce Dick said learning institutions form a critical part of the foundation on which Zambia can develop.
“As individuals we are made more relevant to contribute to the sustainable development of our nation through education,” he said.
Mr. Dick said ZANACO had developed a loan scheme to support members of the UNZA Alumni pay their tuition and associated fees.
“This product which will have reasonable tenor of 24 months will be launched soon through which we hope to support students at UNZA Graduate School of Business to realize their potential,” he elaborated.