THE University of Zambia (UNZA) and Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Swedish firm Asea Brown Boveri ABB to support Zambia’s.electrical engineering education.
Under this MoU, ABB will support the education of young Zambian engineers by providing high-tech equipment for a training substation of the School of Engineering at UNZA.
ABB will also work with the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) to support the initiative.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, UNZA acting deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Mick Mwala said the aim of the initiative was to maintain high quality in the engineering education.
Dr Mwala said the initiative would also build institutional capacity and quality to deliver employable skills in collaboration with local employers.
“We believe that through these efforts and partnerships, we can continue to offer quality education that will benefit industry and Zambia at large,” he said.
He said ABB support would complement Government’s effort to enhance teaching and learning quality at UNZA.
Dr Mwala expressed confidence that the MoU would translate into beneficial knowledge exchange and joint research activities by scientists from the two organisations.
He said the initiative was between the Copperbelt University (CBU), UNZA, University of Manchester and the Zambian industry.
Dr Mwala also said UNZA had over the last 50 years been actively involved in the development of the human capital that had been critical to sustainable development in Zambia. And ABB chief executive officer Ulrich Spiesshofer said his company would in the next five years drive profitable growth by shifting its centre of bravery towards high-growth end markets.
Mr Spiesshofer also said the initiative would enhance competitiveness and lowering risk on business models with an increased focus on Africa.
“We are very glad to support skills and development requirements in the field of electrical engineering education, knowing that the potential for growth in Zambia and Africa as a whole is huge,” he said. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.