The Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges (ZAPUC) is a registered academic membership-based organisation comprising public universities and colleges in Zambia committed to quality service delivery to our students, government and other stakeholders by ensuring that our institutions follow ethical professional standards in the execution of their mandate. The objective of ZAPUC is to promote high academic standards and collaboration among member institutions to foster synergies in higher education. More information about how to apply for membership and membership fees are available on ZAPUC website (https://www.zapuc.edu.zm)
ZAPUC will be hosting the 3rd International Conference from 7th to 10th June 2023 in Zambia’s tourist capital, Livingstone at Radisson Blu Hotel, located at the banks of the Victoria Falls. The conference will bring together educationists, researchers, policy makers, government officials and industry to reflect on the role of Universities and Colleges in sustainable national development. The conference will give an opportunity to the participants to gauge how higher education could be a key contributor to the realization of the sustainable development goals with the Agenda 2030 and beyond. The conference is co-sponsored by various partners.
The quest for making the World a better place has been articulated through numerous global statements with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprehensively summarizing the areas that need attention and indeed suggesting what needs to be achieved within each Target area (s). The defined actions that need to be taken and the outcome(s) expected have allowed nations in the world to employ a myriad of different strategies (tactics) within their respective context. The African continent has laid out its Agenda 2063 ‘’The Africa We Want’’ that provided
‘’a shared strategic framework for inclusive growth and sustainable Development & a global strategy to optimize the use of Africa’s Resources for the benefit of all African’’.
Despite that most African countries are endowed with abundant natural resources, they still remain amongst the poorest nations of the world. Zambia, for instance, is the 48th poorest nation in the world out of 189 countries captured according to the Global Financing Magazine of 13th February 2017. The Democratic Republic of Congo, rich in mineral resources, is the second poorest nation in the world. The challenge realized is that of transforming this potential into definite economic development drivers.
The current changing global economic environment calls for institutions of higher education to up their game in terms of the quality of graduates and indeed the type of research and, therefore, the products from this sector to stimulate economic growth. Addressing the underlying factors to the challenges constitutes a first step in making the HEIs become key contributors to inclusive growth and sustainable development for all.
Global economic performance outlook as measured via Growth Domestic Product (GDP) since 2018 has shown Africa has been fairing relatively well compared to the world standing. This varied greatly within the continent with Zambia fairing below the Sub-Saharan Africa standing (The Global Financing Magazine of June 7th 2022), yet Zambia has been identified to have key growth parameters such as young population, fertile soil, mineral wealth and, a significant potential of hydroelectric power, among others to be able to aspire to the Africa Union Agenda 2063 The Global Financing Magazine of December 5th 2022 reports Zambia as being 18th of the 49 on the proprietary Operational Risk Index, which is deemed ‘’fairing relatively well’’. The prospects of taking advantage of this positive indications in the face of fast changing global economic environment lie with ensuring that all key sectors in the economy play their role
The changing environment has not spared the higher education institutions (HEIs) in terms of the quality of graduates and indeed the type of research and, therefore, the products from this sector to stimulate economic growth. Addressing the underlying factors to the challenges constitutes a first step in making the HEIs become key contributors to inclusive growth and sustainable development for all
This 3rd ZAPUC International Conference is being held to appreciate the efforts that HEIs are making in addressing the challenges alluded in the various strategic/development plans. The energy crisis that has become topical today requires some reflection, just as the innovations coming out of the HEIs and their partners.
The main objective of the conference is to take stock of the strides made within the HEIs to adapt to the paradigm shift of the role of these institutions in contributing to national economic development and people's well being. The reflection on emerging issues in energy, science and innovation to better deal with shocks associated with the changing environment shall be shared for repositioning and transformation of higher education to effectively contribute to sustainable national development.
The Theme of the Conference is Enhancing the Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Changing Economic Environment.
Conference Guest of Honour
The Minister of Education
Expected Benefits / outcomes of the Conference
Share, experiences, information, research results and collaborate in solving challenges that cross borders; in unlocking and harnessing new knowledge; in building cultural and political understanding; and in modeling environments that promote dialogue and debate and positively contribute to national development. The expected benefit can be summarized as follows;
We invite full papers for presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia from universities, colleges, government ministries, industry as well as other relevant stakeholders, addressing one of the following sub-themes:
Thematic Areas and Sub-themes:
Conference Theme: Enhancing the Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Changing Economic Environment.
We welcome expression of interest to exhibit at the 2023 ZAPUC International Conference about what you are doing as an institution. Please contact the Organizing Committee to confirm participation by 30th April 2023. The cost of exhibition is as follows:
We welcome the submission of full papers and these will be reviewed within two weeks after the deadline of submission. The dates below serve as a guide for submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines. To submit the full paper please click on the link: SUBMIT YOUR PAPER
Early Registration: 7th May 2023
Late Registration: 30th May 2023
Conference registration is open. Click here to register
ZAPUC paid up members
Local and non ZAPUC members
Please book with any of the following hotels and indicate or reference "ZAPUC" in order to get discounted conference rates
2. Courtyard Hotel.
Contact: Mabel Zulu
Tel: +260 978 058014
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Click here to book with Courtyard Hotel
Tel: +260 969 900668 or +260 978 766668
Tel: +260 969 893728; 260213323141; +260 211 253036; +260 211 253605 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Click here to book with Chrismar Hotel.
Other Hotels and Lodges
1. Victoria Falls Water Front
2. Fairmount Hotel
4. Roadside Lodge
5. Lilawmono Lodge
Dr G Tambulukani
University of Zambia
PO Box 32379 Lusaka
or Prof D Kunda
P.O. Box 35243 Lusaka