The aim of the MOU is to enhance collaboration in the areas of Academic training, Research, Support Services as well as Instruction Development. The University of Zambia (UNZA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Justo Mwale Theological University College (JMTUC) on the Bachelor of theology with Education and Master of Education in Religious Studies.
The aim of the MoU was to enhance collaboration in the areas of academic training, research, support services as well as instruction development.
UNZA Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Simukanga said the collaboration of Bachelor of Theology and Master of Education in Religious Studies was a welcome move.
He added that the signing of the MoU formalized the effort JMTUC has made over the years to work with the University of Zambia.
Prof. Simukanga further stated that the MOU was also a contribution of the strategic direction the University was actively pursuing to entrench its position as a center for excellence in research, training and community service through partnering with relevant organisations.
“This event is a culmination of a tested long standing working relationship which existed between the department of Religious Studies and Justo Mwale Theological University College” he noted.
Prof. Simukanga added, “Drawing lessons from the expertise and strength that Justo Mwale Theological University College has built, I am keen to see the School of Education at UNZA use this MoU to develop a degree in theology."
The Vice Chancellor said there were a lot of opportunities for UNZA and JMTUC to do more in articulating their research outputs and discussions that border on religious and theological issues in the nation.
He further advised UNZA and JMTUC to ensure that the MoU translated into specific agreements and action plans which could be tracked and reported annually.
He said this in a Speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Enala Mwase.
Meanwhile, JMTUC Rector Dr. Edwin Zulu said JMTUC had partnered with various Universities and Institutions outside the country among them were the University of the Free State in South Africa and Protestant Theological University in Netherlands adding that JMTUC was committed to contributing to the development of the education sector in Zambia.
He said the MoU was unique and significant in providing an opportunity for the development of both UNZA and JMTUC.