The Spanish National Research Council has ranked The University of Zambia (UNZA) as the best University in Zambia for the year 2019.
According to data published by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities a research group belonging to the Spanish National Research council, UNZA has consistently held the number one position since 2015 when the ranking website launched its Africa research component.
The leading research council states that the aim of the ranking is to promote academic web presence reflective of university activities, supporting open access initiatives for increasing significant transfer of scientific and cultural knowledge and promote excellence of universities worldwide.
The research council follows an independent, objective, free, and open scientific exercise carried out twice a year. It provides reliable multi-dimensional, updated and useful information about the performance of universities from all over the world based on their impact and web presence which are reflective of the universities.
Meanwhile, UNZA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba, said the best ranking status reflects UNZA’S commitment to its role as a premier university of choice in Zambia.
Prof. Mumba said UNZA’s outstanding track record in teaching, learning, research, consultancy and community engagement have demonstrated to the nation and the world at large, the values of educational programmes in the higher education sector.
“UNZA’s continued dominance in the provision of higher education can never be possible without the effort of men and women that tirelessly dedicate their lives to finding solutions to societal problems through teaching and research,” said Prof. Mumba.
UNZA is the first university in Zambia established by the University of Zambia Act Number 66 of 1965 and consequently opened in 1966. The University boasts of over 300 undergraduate academic programme offerings in its 13 schools.
UNZA also has industry tailored post graduate programmes aimed at instilling in scholars a critical and engaged mind and essential for problem solving skills.
The University further has a cadre of qualified and experienced lectures and researchers that produce and churn out cutting edge research that has over the decades contributed to making Zambia, Africa and the world a better place.
This is according to a statement issued by UNZA Spokesperson Ms. Brenda Bukowa.