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Higher education is the driving force to development – UNZA VC

UNIVERSITY of Zambia (UNZA) Vice-Chancellor says Africa has lost more than three decades of development because of the neglect of higher education UNIVERSITY of Zambia (UNZA) Vice-Chancellor says Africa has lost more than three decades of development because of the neglect of higher education

Prof. Stephen Simukanga said if Africa was to continue developing, higher education must be the driving force.

“Despite numerous challenges that confront African Universities, a new vision has emerged that recognizes that higher education and development must go hand in hand and that Africa’s ability to generate and harness knowledge is critical…..this awareness accompanies an embrace of public policy reform, market principles and good governance,” he stated.

Prof. Simukanga said African Universities are today providing essential training for future leaders in the public and private sector by offering new found educational opportunities for both African men and women.

He explained that UNZA contributed to national development by providing quality skilled human resource, conducting research and providing service that was unmatched.

Prof. Simukanga added that the creation of more Universities and other tertiary institutions in Zambia had effectively contributed to national development as it embraced public policy reform, market principles and good governance.

He said this during the commemoration of the 2013 African University Day that was held under the theme ‘Changing Higher Education Landscape in Africa; Highlighting Success Stories’.
 

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