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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Service and Excellence
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HEA
Established: 1965
No of Students: 30,000
No of Staff: 2,500
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba
Campuses: Great East Road & Ridgeway campuses
Ranking: 1st in Zambia (Webometrics Ranking)
Website: https://www.unza.zm/
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The University of Zambia (UNZA) is a public university located in Lusaka, Zambia. It is the largest education institution in Zambia, and the oldest. Although the thought of establishing a university college goes back to the early 1950s, it was not until 1963 that the government appointed a Commission to advise on the development of a University, under the chairmanship of Sir John Lockwood, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. .. more

The University of Zambia (UNZA) is a public university located in Lusaka, Zambia. It is the largest education institution in Zambia, and the oldest. Although the thought of establishing a university college goes back to the early 1950s, it was not until 1963 that the government appointed a Commission to advise on the development of a University, under the chairmanship of Sir John Lockwood, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. The report of the commission unanimously recommended the establishment of a University in Lusaka, and in 1964 the Provisional Council, charged with bringing the University into being, was inaugurated. In July 1964, the former Rhodes-Livingstone Institute came under the jurisdiction of the Provisional Council. In July 1965, Dr D.G. Anglin, of Carleton University in Canada, was appointed as Vice-Chancellor. A month later, the Oppenheimer College of Social Service was incorporated into the University at a time when extensive additions to its premises in the Ridgeway area of Lusaka were already well underway. The university was brought into legal existence in November 1965 following a presidential decree. The University counts 2 campuses – its main campus along the Great East Road, and the Ridgeway Campus.

The University of Zambia is the top-ranked university in Zambia according to Webometrics. The university prides itself on its history as the premier higher education institution of the country, in every sense of the word, and seeks to provide relevant, innovative and demand-driven higher education for socio-economic development. Some of its achievements include its Computer Science Department snagging first prize at the 21st International Collegiate Programming Contest, and the development of an asthma body spray prototype by one of its students. The University equally champions research and technological innovation. It has held workshops on renewable energy and partnered with China on matters of global economic governance. UNZA counts over 30000 students, with 28000 undergraduates and 2000 postgraduates. Its staff amounts to over 2500, including over 800 academic staff.

The University of Zambia offers several amenities and services to its staff and student, as well as several facilities for the university community. UNZA has accommodation for over 3000 students at its main campus, and over 400 at its Ridgeway campus. It equally offers dining and restaurant options on campus. the presence of the East Park Mall, just a few minutes away from the Main campus provides students with a variety of options for banking and groceries, as well as restaurants. The university champions the formation of clubs and student organisations, with several of these associated with the Student Union. The Ridgeway Campus of the University is located in the largest hospital in Zambia, that also doubles as a Teaching Hospital for medical and pharmacological students.
Notable alumni from UNZA include Edgar Lungu (President of Zambia), Emmerson Mnangagwa (President of the Republic of Zimbabwe), Ireen Mambilima (Chief Justice of Zambia), Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika (Zambian ambassador to the United States of America).

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The University of Zambia counts 13 Schools with several departments as listed below.

School of Agricultural Sciences

  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Education
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Department of Plant Sciencemore

The University of Zambia counts 13 Schools with several departments as listed below.

School of Agricultural Sciences

  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Education
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Department of Plant Science
  • Department of Soil Science

School of Education

  • Department of Adult Education and Extension Studies
  • Department of Advisory Unit for Colleges of Education
  • Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies
  • Department of Educational Psychology, Sociology and Special Education
  • Department of Library and Information Science
  • Department of Language and Social Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics and Science Education
  • Department of Primary Education
  • Department of Religious Studies

School of Engineering

  • Department of Agricultural Engineering
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Geomatic Engineering

School of Health Sciences

  • Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Physiotherapy

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Historical and Archaeological Studies
  • Department of Political and Administrative Studies
  • Department of Population Studies
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Philosophy and Applied Ethics
  • Department of Media and Communication Studies
  • Department of Literature and Languages
  • Department of Gender Studies
  • Department of Social Work and Sociology

School of Law

  • Department of Public Law
  • Department of Private Law

School of Medicine

  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Physiological Sciences
  • Department of Medical Education Development
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Department of Pathology and Microbiology
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Internal Medicine

School of Mines

  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Mining Engineering
  • Department of Metallurgy and Material Processing

School of Natural Sciences

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
  • Department of Computer Studies

School of Nursing Sciences

  • Department of Education, Management and Leadership
  • Department of Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Department of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
  • Department of Midwifery, Women’s and Child Health
  • Department of Public Health Nursing
  • Department of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

School of Public Health

  • Department of Environmental Health
  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Department of Health Promotion
  • Department of Population Studies

School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Department of Biomedical Studies
  • Department of Clinical Studies
  • Department of Disease Control
  • Department of Para-Clinical Studies
  • Department of Central Services and Supply

Graduate School of Business

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Admission Requirements
The University of Zambia offers admission into programmes at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Admission is subject to several requirements that differ per department. The university however provides general entry requirements as highlighted below:

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

School of Natural Sci.. more

Admission Requirements
The University of Zambia offers admission into programmes at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Admission is subject to several requirements that differ per department. The university however provides general entry requirements as highlighted below:

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

School of Natural Sciences

Subject Points OR Subject Points
English Language 6 or better English Language 6 or better
Mathematics 4 or better Mathematics 4 or better
Biology/Agric. Science 6 or better Biology/Agric. Science 6 or better
Chemistry 6 or better Physical Sciences 6 or better
Physics 6 or better Any other subject:
Commerce
Principles of Accounts
Zambian Language
History
Geography
Religious Education
Literature/Languages
Computer Studies
Civic Education
etc.
6 or better

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Subject Points
English Language 6 or better
Any two of the following:
Mathematics
Geography
History
6 or better
Anyone of the following:
Religious Education
Zambian Language
Literature in English
Commerce
Principles of Accounts
6 or better
Any Science 6 or better

School of Education
Degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information Studies, Bachelor of Arts with Education and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Subject Points
English Language 6 or better
Any four (4) subjects from the following:
History
Geography
French
English Literature
Mathematics
Zambian Language
Commerce or Economics
Additional Mathematics
Science or Physical Science or Biology or Agricultural Science
Religious Education
6 or better

Bachelor of Education (Special Education)

Subject Points
English Language 6 or better
Biology or Combined Science or Agricultural Science 6 or better
Any three (3) subjects from:
Mathematics,
English Literature,
French,
Zambian Language History,
Geography,
Commerce or Accounts,
Religious Education
6 or better

BED Education and BED Secondary (Mathematics and Science)

Subject Points
English Language 6 or better
Mathematics At least Grade B
Chemistry and Physics or Physical Science or Science 6 or better
Another approved Science subject 6 or better
Any other subject 6 or better

Bachelor of Education (Environmental Education)

Subject Points
English Language 6 or better
Any four (4) subjects from:
Mathematics,
Biology,
Science,
Agricultural Science,
English Literature,
French,
Zambian Language,
History Geography,
Commerce or Accounts,
Religious Education Human and Social Biology,
Physical Sciences,
Physics Chemistry,
Additional Mathematics,
Computer Studies Food and Nutrition,
Home Economics,
Art,
Physical Education Metal Work,
Geometrical and Building Drawing,
Civic Education
6 or better

 

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Diploma
A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited University in a subject or subjects relevant to the course applied for.

Master’s
A Bachelors’ degree or postgraduate diploma from an accredited University in a subject or subjects relevant to the course applied for.

DBA or PhD
Applicants must be holders of a Master’s degree or any other related programmes from a recognized University. Practitioner Experience: Applicants must have management experience of at least three years pre or post Masters.

The following faculties demand the following requirements: 

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

(a) Master of Arts in Defence and Security Studies (Taught)

The applicant must possess:

A Bachelor’s degree in any field from the University of Zambia or any recognized institution of higher learning;

A Prospective student may be interviewed and assessed by the relevant unit or department before being recommended to be Board of Graduate Studies for admission; and

A candidate may also be admitted on the basis of relevant military qualifications such as PSC (Passed Staff College) and Diploma in Defence and Security Studies which have been appropriately accredited by the Defence Services Command and Staff College provided that he/she has accumulated at least three years of relevant experience in the security sector.

 School of Education

(a) Master of Arts in Physical Education and Sport
The applicant must possess:
-A Bachelor’s degree with a Credit or better in Physical Education and Sport, or any other related with a credit or better. OR
-A Bachelor’s degree with Credit or better in any other field with at least 5 years of traceable experience in managing sport.

HOW TO APPLY

Undergraduate Application Process:
Between April and August application forms for admission are available at Academic Office at a fee and can also be accessed online from the university website.
Application forms may also be obtained in person or may be requested for in writing from the Academic Office, University of Zambia and University of Zambia offices situated at provincial centres.
Applicants may download the application form from the links above. For current application fees, check with the Academic Office.

**Closing Dates for Applications: As indicated on the application forms.

Applicants who wish to send the application fee by post should do so using telegraphic money orders or certified cheques and not cash. The telegraphic order or cheque must bear the applicant’s full names and address.
Send completed application letters to:

Assistant Registrar (Admissions)
The University of Zambia
Academic Office
Room 13
Great East Road Campus
P.O. Box 32379
Lusaka, Zambia
Tel: 260-1-295220: Fax 260-1253952
E-mail: Dregistrar-aca@unza.zm

Postgraduate Application Process
Application forms can be obtained from the Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies or downloaded from the university website.
Completed application forms should be accompanied by a payment of a non-refundable application fee of K150.00 for Zambians and US$60.00 for non-Zambians.

Postal and Money Orders are no longer accepted. Money should be deposited into DRGS Account number 0100110272200 Standard Chartered Main Branch Lusaka. Send original deposit slip to the undersigned:

The Director
Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies
University of Zambia
P. O. Box 32379
Lusaka
Zambia
Tel/Fax: +260-1-290258

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Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia. It is also the largest city in the country. It is located in the southern part of the country. Lusaka has a population of about 1.7 million. The city was the site of a village that stood near the current location of the Zambian National Assembly and bore the name of its Chief Lusaka. In the 1890s the area was taken over by the British South Africa Company a.. more

Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia. It is also the largest city in the country. It is located in the southern part of the country. Lusaka has a population of about 1.7 million. The city was the site of a village that stood near the current location of the Zambian National Assembly and bore the name of its Chief Lusaka. In the 1890s the area was taken over by the British South Africa Company as part of the formation of Northern Rhodesia. Control was handed over to the British Colonial Office in 1924, and in 1935 Lusaka became the capital of Northern Rhodesia, replacing Livingstone. In the years preceding the creation of the Republic of Zambia, Lusaka was a bastion of the independence movement; it was the location of the formation of the Northern Rhodesian Congress in 1948, and the centre of the civil disobedience movement of 1960 that led to the creation Zambia, with the city becoming its capital. Since then the city has grown to become the commercial and administrative centre of Zambia. English is the official language of the city, but Chewa and Bemba are commonly spoken on the streets. The city is home to a diverse foreign community, many of whom work as diplomats, representatives of religious organisations and business people.
Lusaka has a humid subtropical climate – it experiences five distinct seasons that vary between high humidity and heavy rainfalls, cold nights and sunny weather, and an increase in temperatures. Average annual temperatures go vary between 27.5 degrees Celsius and 13.7 degrees Celsius. The city is reliant on its agricultural environs and corn and tobacco collection, but it is also cement, textile, shoe manufacturing, and food processing hub.

Lusaka boasts several cultural attractions and museums like the Lusaka National Museum, the Political Museum, the Zintu Community Museum, the Freedom Statue, the Zambian National Assembly and the Agricultural Society Showgrounds that host an annual agricultural show. The city equally counts a pottery factory, a theatre, two cinemas, and the Munda Wanga Environmental Park, with a zoo and botanical gardens. Three of the largest shopping malls in Zambia are in Lusaka, with the Manda Hill shopping mall hosting international stores like Shoprite and Game and Woolworths. The city centre is home to several large markets. Lusaka is served by the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, which is used for both civil and military operations. Intracity transport is handled minibuses, although larger buses and shared taxis ply specific routes. Lusaka counts among its infrastructure several sports facilities like the Nkholoma Stadium, Sunset Stadium, the Olympic Youth Development Centre and the Lusaka Golf Club. It equally boasts a 60000-seat stadium built by China.
Lusaka is something of an education hotspot, as evidenced by the presence of several universities and colleges in the city, from private to public institutions, as well as national and international. With all this taken into consideration, Lusaka offers several options to people who envisage studying in the city.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Service and Excellence
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HEA
Established: 1965
No of Students: 30,000
No of Staff: 2,500
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba
Campuses: Great East Road & Ridgeway campuses
Ranking: 1st in Zambia (Webometrics Ranking)
Website: https://www.unza.zm/
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