University of Zambia

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University of Zambia
Motto Service and Excellence
Established 1966
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Simukanga
Location Lusaka, Zambia
Campus Urban

The University of Zambia is Zambia's largest university, founded in 1966. It has a student population of about 10,000.


The University of Zambia is divided into the following faculties:


Its main campus—the Great East Road Campus—is on the Great East Road, about 7 km from Lusaka City. It also has the Ridgeway Campus within Lusaka City located at the University Teaching Hospital (famously called UTH); this campus specifically houses students pursuing medical and pharmacological courses.

Other facilities[edit]


  • UNZA radio


UNZA is a member of the Association of African Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Association of Universities.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Daddy Hezekiah, from Nkwerre in Imo State of Nigeria, founder and leader of Living Christ Mission Inc. and 1979 graduate.
  • Levy Mwanawasa, the late Zambian President studied Law at UNZA
  • Dr. Twange Kasoma, US-based media academician and professor of mass communications at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, USA.
  • Professor Muna Ndulo, dean of Law School at Cornell University
  • Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the opposition political party UPND studied Economics at UNZA.
  • Monica Nashandi, Namibian ambassador and 1983 graduate
  • Chitalu Chama, PhD Economics candidate at University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Prof Francis Peter Kasoma (late), Founder and Professor in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Zambia
  • Frank Chipusula
  • Edward Makuka Nkoloso, founder of the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy
  • Emmerson Mnangagwa, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs of Zimbabwe.
  • John Siame, Geologist, Denison Mines Zambia Limited
  • Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula, Deputy Governor for Administration, Bank of Zambia 2007 to present.

Notable research[edit]

The University of Zambia has a nanotechnology research center that was founded in 2001. The center was founded by Elijah Mwansa, who after graduating from the University of Zambia received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and was a professor at University of Heidelberg and Carnegie Mellon University. The center has several researchers from other African countries and Europe and is the only one of its kind on the African continent. It is financed by the government of Zambia as part of the Zambia 2020 initiative and grants from foreign science foundations.


Coordinates: 15°24′S 28°20′E / 15.400°S 28.333°E / -15.400; 28.333