By NCHIMUNYA MIYOBA
The University of Zambia (UNZA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese varsity Jiangsu University (JU) from the People’s Republic of China that will see the two universities collaborate in academic and joint research activities.
The bilateral agreement signed today has taken five years to implement.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at Western Plus Grand Hotel today, Minister of Higher Education Brian Mushimba assured the two universities of Government’s support and commitment towards the successful execution of the collaborative partnership.
And UNZA Vice-Chancellor Luke Mumba said the bilateral agreement entered into will allow the two universities to cooperate in the development, promotion of research, teaching and technological development.
Prof Mumba stated that the partnership would also allow easy exchange of academic staff, scholars and students.
“The collaboration will also promote cooperation in areas around sponsoring research seminars, training workshops and exchange of research publications and information,” Prof Mumba said.
The MOU is one of the many development agreements that have been signed between UNZA and the Chinese higher education institutions which include Jilin Agriculture University that operationalised the Agricultural Technology Development Demonstration Centre housed at Liempe farms, and Hubei School of Economics and Business Management which has seen the establishment as well as operationalisation of the Confucius Institute at UNZA’s Great East Road campus.
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