By Cynthia Chiyabu Ngwengwe
EIZ Vice President Policy, Public Relations and National Development Eng. Eugene Haazele said sponsoring student performance awards not only motivates students to high performance but also to develop human capital for engineers ready for industry.
Eng. Haazele said this is an opportunity for industries to contribute to national development through provision of quality education in Zambia.
Eng. Haazele said this during the University of Zambia School of Engineering 2018 prize giving ceremony where EIZ sponsored the prize for the best third year and best fourth year students in School of Engineering.
“We wish to state that this partnership between industry and academics will and should always continue and we appeal to other industry partners to join us in supporting the University of Zambia,” he said.
He urged the recipients of the awards to continue working even harder and encouraged those who had not won to emulate those who had won and strive to even do better.
And speaking earlier, UNZA Vice Chancellor Prof. Luke Mumba said there is need to nature the relationship between industry and academics in order to continue achieving excellence in academia.
Prof. Mumba said he was happy to note that most of the prizes/awards in the School of Engineering continue to be sponsored by private organisations.
“This is as it should be, to have a partnership between the manpower trainers and the end users of the trainees,” he said.
He went on to say that as a public institution, the university always values all the contributions which the private sectors offer to enhance the quality of education at the University of Zambia.
Prof. Mumba challenged all stakeholders to come on board in developing the engineering human resource that this country requires.
“As a reflection of its national standard, the School of Engineering attracts some of the best science students in the country and we take pride in the quality and relevance of teaching,” he said.
He said the school continues to improve its contribution to international development through regular curriculum reviews.
He went on to say that apart from Bachelor’s degrees, the institution also offers masters and PhDs degrees in Engineering and all the degrees are accepted by the Engineering institution of Zambia and others professional bodies to fulfil the requirements of entering the industry as professional engineers.
Dean of the School of Engineering Eng. Dr Mundia Muya thanked sponsors, parents and guardians for their continued support towards engineering.