KITWE, Thursday, 1st April 2021- Government recognises the important role of private universities.
Higher Education Minister Engineer Dr. Brian Mushimba said Government recognises and appreciates the partnership with private universities, he said the Government under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu through the Ministry of Higher Education embrace the role of the private universities supplementing Government efforts in educating the nation.
Dr. Mushimba said his office has in many years embarked on an open door policy to collectively engage universities on several fronts of important issues, he encouraged private universities to raise concerns and present submissions on the Higher Education Act.
Minister Mushimba hence emphasized the repositioning of universities by embracing the Higher Education Act.
Dr. Mushimba commended the university for the training it is offering that is based on Christian values.
Dr. Mushimba further added that the Government’s desire and policy direction in the future is to include private universities on scholarship participation. However, the impediment had been limited resources servicing the first University (UNZA) and later gradually extended to other public universities, he said the commitment of the Government is to extend the scholarship equally to private universities as the process is currently in progress.
Dr. Mushimba was speaking when he visited the Central African Baptist University (CABU) in Kitwe today.
And Central Africa Baptist University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Philip Hant said the university appreciates the partnership with the Government, he said the mission of the university was to train the next generation of students to remain upright.
Dr. Hant described the university employing higher education training as a tool to educate as many men and women with values of honesty and obedience and remain good servants, he added that the university has produced 140 graduates, across Africa, accredited with degrees in bible studies.
Central African Baptist University is also offering sign language and primary education programmes among others.
Speaking at the same event Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration Dr. Billy Sichone told the Minister that the university is a based wavy – training provider alongside international affiliations. He said the growth of the institution from a college to university level has seen a diverse pedagogy faith-based growth in various courses and currently reviewing qualification – upgrade to master programmes.
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