University of Zambia (UNZA) Chancellor Jacob Mwanza says there is need to improve the international ranking of the institution in order to attract foreign attention.
Dr. Mwanza, who was speaking in Lusaka today during the 43rd UNZA graduation ceremony, said improving the university’s ranking would have a lot of benefits that can help enhance the image of the tertiary education institution.
He said UNZA should expedite the process of establishing a quality assurance unit that will work towards improving the ranking of the highest institution of learning in the country.
And speaking earlier, UNZA Vice Chancellor Stephen Simukanga bemoaned the university’s low ranking at both global and African levels.
Professor Simukanga disclosed that the Webmetrics ranking of world universities ranked UNZA 66th (how many countries are in Africa) in Africa and 3,970 in the world.
He said the university senate was determined to reverse the trend so that the school can occupy a respectable place on the international scene.
Prof. Simukanga said UNZA has embarked on a strategic plan aimed at enhancing the university’s ranking.
He said among other things, the university will promote and maintain excellence in teaching, learning, research and consultancy.
Prof. Simukanga said the physical infrastructure will also be improved while information and communication technology will take centre stage in the development of higher education.
And in her vote of thanks, Oma Lumamba, a graduate, asked government to address the difficulties UNZA is faced with.