Northrise University

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Northrise University
Northrise University Logo.jpg
Motto Being excellent at what is good!
Type Private - Christ-centered
Established 2003
President Dr. Moffat Zimba
Academic staff
Students 700
Location Ndola, Zambia
Colors Black, Burgundy, white and orange
Website Official website

Northrise University is a private, Christian, university in Ndola, Zambia in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was founded in 2003 by Dr Moffat Zimba and Mrs Doreen Zimba.[1][2][3][4]

NU has local and international students who receive training in academic disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While Northrise offers a nationally accredited [5] education that is founded upon Christian principles, the university accepts students of all faiths. Northrise University as at August 16, 2017 has 700 students and 77 academic faculty members. The university has produced a total of 314 graduates working in different sectors of Zambia's economy.

The university is in partnership with Dordt College [6] in Sioux Center, Iowa; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, United States; Shanghai Normal University, China; and Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and Baylor University in Waco, TX.

Academic programs[edit]

Northrise University offers two-year diplomas and both bachelor's and master's degrees from the Schools of Business and Theology.

School of Business[edit]

Postgraduate Programs

  • Master of Business Administration

Center for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)[edit]

The Center for ICT offers students with computer technology skills.

Faculty of Law[edit]

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)


Northrise University was founded in 2003. It was conceived in 1988 through the experiences of its founders Doreen and Moffat Zimba. Born in Zambia, Doreen and Moffat suffered from the lack of education opportunities for high school graduates that still characterize their country. Moffat and Doreen left Zambia to attend a Bible college in Australia. Upon completion, they went to Southern California where Moffat received his Doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary and Doreen received her MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.


Downtown Campus[edit]

Northrise University is in Ndola, Zambia. The campus, in the business centre of the town, is on Buteko Avenue in Caravelle House, opposite the Savoy Hotel.

Caravelle House, wholly owned by Northrise University, is a four-storey building able to cater for 300 students. The campus is 8 kilometers from town on the dual carriageway to Kitwe.

Main Campus[edit]

Northrise, having been provided with 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land, has embarked on a $10 million campus project. The construction of the Main Campus structures is underway and the university has completed its first phase that includes a student dormitory block with a capacity of 56 students.

The campus construction is taking place in phases. After completion it will be able to enroll 1000 students and a total capacity of 300 boarding places.


Northrise University Initiative[edit]

Northrise University Initiative is a [501(c) organization|501(c)3] California non-profit corporation established to support Northrise University in Zambia.

Student Sponsorship[edit]

Northrise University offers opportunities for donors to sponsor students, as most Zambians cannot afford full tuition on their own. Those who receive financial aid are required to contribute to their tuition, which gives students a greater sense of ownership and accomplishment.

Northrise Farms[edit]

Northrise Farms is a wholly owned agricultural unit of Northrise University. The farm provides farm produce for the NU community and the general public. Ultimately, the farm will contribute towards reducing the operating costs of the university, thereby providing an opportunity for students from poor families to attend Northrise University at affordable fees. The farm also provides employment to the community. The establishment of Northrise Farms serves as a foundation for the commencement of the Faculty of Agriculture at Northrise University. The farm provides food for students and staff.

The farm’s rich soil and high water table, as well as the region’s ideal climate, make it a solid foundation for a future Agricultural program. Through its strategic partnership with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Northrise will provide training to equip students for farming employment. The farm will serve as a working model and consulting center for Zambians looking to establish their own farms.

Northrise Services[edit]

Northrise Services is a company owned by Northrise University. Because of the poor state of the economy, most Zambians cannot afford to pay tuition to attend classes. Since tuition alone cannot fund University operations, Northrise has had to find additional sources of funding other than donations. Therefore, NS was created to help ensure that the university has the financial support it needs to continue.


  1. ^ "LIST OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES IN ZAMBIA 2015". Republic of Zambia Ministry of General Education. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ Bella Waters (1 September 2008). Zambia in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books. pp. 43–. ISBN 978-1-57505-955-6. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ Mwelwa C. Musambachime (7 April 2016). One Zambia, One Nation, One Country. Xlibris UK. pp. 571–. ISBN 978-1-5144-6228-7. Retrieved 27 October 2017.[self-published source]
  4. ^ D. Teferra (8 October 2013). Funding Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 307–. ISBN 978-1-137-34578-3. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Accreditation". Northrise University. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  6. ^ "The Andreas Center offers new opportunities. The Dordt Voice". The Dordt Voice. Retrieved 29 October 2009.

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