Copperbelt University

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The Copperbelt University
Motto Knowledge and Service
Type Public
Established 1987
Vice-Chancellor Prof: Naison Ngoma
Administrative staff
Students 11,000
Location Kitwe, Zambia
Campus River side/Ndola campus/Kapasa Makasa
Website Official website

Copperbelt University is a public university in Kitwe, Zambia. It is the second-largest public university in Zambia. The language of instruction at the university is English. [1][2][3][4]


The Copperbelt University is a public university of choice established through Act of Parliament No. 19 of 1987. It currently operates from four campuses: Jambo Drive Main Campus, Parklands Campus, Ndola Campus and Kapasa Makasa Campus. All these campuses provide an atmosphere conducive to learning, systematic inquiry and pedagogy. These campuses are located in suburban areas within reach of shopping malls and recreational facilities in the thriving cities of Kitwe, Ndola and Chinsali in the renowned Copperbelt and Muchinga Provinces of Zambia.

As a centre of excellence and scholarship, the University’s core business is to provide teaching, learning, research, consultancy and public service. These are carried out through its ten faculties:

  • School of Engineering
  • School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • School of Natural Resources
  • School of Business
  • School of the Built Environment
  • School of Information and Communication Technology
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Directorate of Distance Education and Open Learning (DDEOL)
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Mines and Mineral Sciences
  • Dag Hammarskjold Chair for Peace, Human Rights and Conflict Management

The Copperbelt University has about 15,900 students and produces an annual average of 1, 500 graduates who form a nucleus of experts in critical areas of national development. These include, but not limited to, the following: mining, banking, construction, environmental, agricultural, educational, medical, engineering and manufacturing sectors. The University has a rich culture of research and consultancy and through this has been and continues to be instrumental in providing expertise that has had positive impact in different critical sectors of the Zambian economy. As you reflect on attainment of higher education and engagement in research, we invite you to choose this dynamic and progressive University as a destination for achieving your dream. We are more than ready to partner with you on your scholarly and research voyage


The Copperbelt University is a Public University established through the Act of Parliament No. 19 of 1987. Prior to 1987, the University existed as a campus of the University of Zambia Federal System with two schools; namely: School of Business and Industrial Studies (SBIS) and School of Environmental Studies (SES). The campus was referred to as the University of Zambia at Ndola (UNZANDO) until 1 December 1987. As of 1 January 1989 the Zambia Institute of Technology (ZIT) was incorporated into the Copperbelt University to form the School of Technology. Since 1987, the University has significantly grown from only two faculties to ten by the end of 2013; it now provides very unique programmes that have not been replicated elsewhere. The total number of students in 2017 was 11,900 and having had over 54,000 students in the past 25 years. The University too is proud of its graduates who are holding key responsibilities in various sectors of the economy within the country and beyond. At its first graduation ceremony in 1992, the University had only 100 students then graduating from the various disciplines but graduating average of 1,500 as at 2017.

In 2014, the School of Medicine received US$1 million in donation from the Council of Zambian Jewry, of the African Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Felix C Mutati, the current Minister of Finance studied Accountancy at CBU (UNZANDO)
  • Christopher Kang'ombe, the current Mayor of the City of Kitwe studied Engineering at CBU
  • Cholwe M. Cholwe, the Founder and President of the Gospel Envoys studied Business Administration at CBU


Association of Commonwealth Universities; Association of African Universities; African Council for Distance Education; Southern African Regional Universities and is a signatory to the SADC Protocol on Higher Education.


  1. ^ Godfrey Mwakikagile (2010). Zambia: Life in an African Country. New Africa Press. pp. 170–. ISBN 978-9987-16-011-2. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Njuguna Ng'ethe; George Subotzky; George Afeti (1 January 2008). Differentiation and Articulation in Tertiary Education Systems: A Study of Twelve African Countries. World Bank Publications. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-0-8213-7547-1. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  3. ^ D. Teferra (8 October 2013). Funding Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 298–. ISBN 978-1-137-34578-3. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "LIST OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES IN ZAMBIA 2015". Republic of Zambia Ministry of General Education. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Zambian Jews support one of Zambia's medical schools with a generous donation, World Jewish Congress, April 18, 2014

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Coordinates: 12°48′20″S 28°14′25″E / 12.80556°S 28.24028°E / -12.80556; 28.24028