The National Museums Board (NMB) and the University of Zambia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will allow strengthened ties between the two institutions in the line of research.
NMB Chairperson Prof. Francis Musonda said the MoU would rekindle the zeal to conduct more research in the country and beyond.
Prof. Musonda said Zambia needs research in many aspects of life and politicians, policy makers; development planners need to base their decisions on strong research foundation.
“Museums and Universities have a huge responsibility to generate new knowledge, which should be disseminated to consumers through exhibitions, lectures and publications,” Prof. Musonda said.
He said the MoU will lead to the introduction of new courses in Heritage Studies among the many Universities in the country.
And UNZA Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase said the MoU would go a long way in enriching the management of the country’s natural heritage for national development.
“It was pleasing to note that the two institutions have pledged to collaborate in areas of Research, Human Development, staff exchange, internships and exchange of academic publications,” said Prof. Mwase.
Prof. Mwase said the MoU signing ceremony was a milestone for the implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2021, specifically Strategic Direction Number (3) that stipulates the need to promote community outreach and beneficial partnerships.