University of Zambia (UNZA) Vice Chancellor Professor Luke Mumba says the institution is determined to position its operations within a broader global system driven by advanced technology and demand driven research.

This was disclosed during the launch of the Norwegian funded FORTECASE project held at the university.

In a speech read on his behalf by Acting Vice Chancellor Michael Mulenga, Professor Mumba explained that UNZA has entered into partnership with Norwegian universities in a bid to bridge gaps and address capacity inadequacies.

Professor Mumba said the partnership and collaboration being undertaken in the School of Veterinary Medicine will enhance provision of unique and quality education.

The project encompasses postgraduate training which will facilitate for mobility of students to receive further advanced training in Norway.

Meanwhile, Professor Mumba said UNZA is aware of the current challenges in the country and that the learning institution remains a key enabler for human resource capacity building.

Professor Mumba said the World Bank has since committed itself to help establish African Centers of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animal (ACEIDHA) to promote strong alliances for postgraduate training.

He said the centre of excellence at the UNZA School of veterinary which is one of the World Bank recipients, has since attracted over 80 Master of Science and 22 Doctorate in Philosophy students from across Africa.

Dr. Mulenga said the university has noted with pride and satisfaction the progress recorded in the strategic areas of the school of veterinary medicine such as the development of prototypes for testing for Ebola virus, within a short period of time.