Thursday, 22 April, 2021
Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame said the Ministry of Higher Education has embarked on support to accelerate the upgrade of science and technology academic programs in universities especially with the view of the established science policy framework that provides for a practical roadmap to implementation and in realizing academic wide thoughtful ideas in various areas of science, technology, innovations and research activities.
Mrs. Siame said Government’s aspiration is to see universities tangibly accelerate on the 2030 vision in supporting the post-graduate science and technology programs upgrade to masters and PhD levels.
PS Siame called for the provision of quality training requisites as such quality laboratories and practical robust research programs that are key to meet university standards in defining solutions for the development of many areas in the economy.
Mrs. Siame assured the university that the Ministry was on course and supporting the transition process of Chalimbana university to be weaned and operate as a quality standalone institution of higher learning.
Mrs Siame was speaking today at Chalimbana university in Chongwe district during the verification of the science and technology enhancement program.
Acting Director Chalimbana university Dr. Tambulukani said the university appreciates science and technology hence chose the path to grow in the sphere especially with a backdrop of being a young Institute transforming from a college to the creation of a university scoring strides in improved academic structure by establishing seven academic schools that encompass vocational and practical skills, distance education inclusive science programs among others.
Dr. Tambulukani cited challenges in the science programs the university I’d offering on distance learning especially the practical aspects however he believed the learning platform is being supported by employing virtual platform enhancing on the pedagogy hands-on application in that area.
Dr. Tambulukani further called for upgrade support in science and technology academic staff qualifications and equally the overhaul of science laboratories.
And Director of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Ministry Jane Mubanga Chinkusu said the mission was specifically to support institutions migrate to post-graduate science and technology programs in universities.
Chanda Muwowo – MoHE Public Relations Office