There are nine (9) Public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Zambia. These are:
- University of Zambia (UNZA)
- Copperbelt University (CBU)
- Mulungushi University (MU)
- Chalimbana University
- Kwame Nkrumah University
- Mukuba University
- Robert Kapasa Makasa University
- Levy Mwanawasa Medical University
- Palabana University
In accordance with the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 Part IV Section 14 (1), the Minister may, by statutory instrument, establish or declare an educational institution as a public higher education institution.
University of Zambia (UNZA)
UNZA was established by Act of Parliament, the University of Zambia Act, No. 66 of 1965. The first intake of students took place on 17th March 1966.
It is situated in Lusaka on two campuses. The main campus is the Great East Road Campus and it is situated on the Great East Road, 6km from the town centre. The other campus is the Ridgeway Campus catering for the Medical School. It is situated on John Mbita Road, 4km South East of Lusaka, opposite the University Teaching Hospital.
Vice Chancellor: Professor Luke Evuta Mumba, PhD (Camb), MSc (Wales), BSc (UNZA)
Central Administration Block Great East Road Campus, Lusaka
P.O. Box 32379, Lusaka
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: +260-21-1-254408
Academic Office: +260-21-1-295220
Telex: UNZALU ZA 44370
The Ridgeway Campus
UNZA Ridgeway Campus
P.O. Box 50110, Lusaka
Units, School of Medicine,
Dean and All Departments: +260-21-1-252641
Copperbelt University (CBU)
In 1987, the University of Zambia Act of 1965 was repealed and replaced with the Universities Acts No. 19 and 20. Thus, through Act No. 20, CBU was established. The university, as a seat of learning, represents knowledge, and the tertiary-level education it offers to students is itself a direct service to the students as individual persons, and to society, in so far as students are members of the human species.
CBU currently operates from three campuses: Jambo Drive Main Campus, Parklands Campus and Ndola Campus.
Vice Chancellor: Professor Naison Ngoma, PhD (Western Cape), MA (Western Cape), BA-Econ (UNZA)
Jambo Drive, Riverside
P.O. Box 21692, Kitwe, Zambia
260 212 290 899, 260 212 290 828, 260 212 290 829
Mulungushi University (MU)
MU was established on 1st January 2008 as is a multi-level curriculum university offering a wide range of degree, diploma and certificate programmes in its nine (9) academic faculties.
MU comprises of two (2) campuses; the Great North Road Campus located 26 kilometers North of Kabwe, on the banks of Mulungushi River; and the Kabwe Town Campus located along Mubanga Road, off Munkoyo Street in the heart of Kabwe town.
Vice Chancellor: Professor Hellicy C. Ng'ambi, DBL (Unisa), MSc (USF, USA), MBA (BSU, USA), BA-Econ (UNZA)
P.O Box 80415, Kabwe, Zambia
260 215 222 141/2
Chalimbana University was born from the original Jeanes School which was opened in 1939, as a Jeanes Training Centre for community teachers. It is located 57 km east of Lusaka in Chongwe district.
Private Bag E1, Lusaka.
260 977 700 161
260 977 538 523
260 977 400 191
Kwame Nkrumah University
Nkrumah University was established in March 1967. It was initially was called Kabwe Teachers’ College, the name derived from the town in which it is located in Zambia. In April 1971, the college was officially opened by the first Zambian President David Kaunda and the name was changed to Nkrumah Teachers’ College in recognition and honour of the late first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.
The college was designed to offer courses to pre-service students who specialise in any two teaching subjects at Grade 8 – 12 level at diploma level. In an effort to develop human resources in the education sector, the government of Zambia in 2008 upgraded the college to a university to offer degrees in the teaching subjects.
Kwame Nkrumah University
P.O. Box 80404, Kabwe, Zambia
260 215 223 223, 260 953 909 031, 260 973 726 579
Mukuba University was established as Copperbelt Secondary Teachers College (COSETCO) in 1974 by the Ministry of Education to train Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Home Economics for the nation's secondary schools. The College began as a Secondary School built in 1958 by the Franciscans and originally called St Francis Secondary School.
In 1969 there was a major of role when the school was taken over by the Zambia Bishop's Conference, in order to start a programme of training teachers for the Church's Secondary School in Zambia. The Government however, assumed control of the college upon realisation that there was an urgent need for a specialist teacher training programme of to produce teachers of Science , Mathematics and Home Economics, of which there was a considerable shortfall as a result of the rapid expansion of the Secondary School sector then. This marked the beginning of the key role the college has played since then in providing the bulk of the Science, Mathematics and Home Economics Teachers at both Junior and Senior Secondary Schools. Currently Mukuba University is offering Bachelor Programmes in Natural Sciences that is Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Also Diploma in Home Economics.
Itimpi, off Chingola Road
P.O. Box 20382, Kitwe, Zambia
260 955 239 003