University of Zambia

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University of Zambia
Motto Service and Excellence
Type Public
Established 12 July 1966
Chancellor Jacob Mwanza
Vice-Chancellor Professor Luke Evuta Mumba
Location Lusaka, Zambia
Campus 2 urban campuses

The University of Zambia (UNZA) is a public university located in Lusaka, Zambia. UNZA was established in 1965 and officially opened its doors to the public on July 12, 1966. It is the oldest public university in Zambia. The language of instruction is English.




The University of Zambia has over 157 degree and postgraduate degree programmes. 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.



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

Notable alumni[edit]

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.[citation needed]


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