GOVERNMENT has signed an agreement of cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology with the Republic of Burundi.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, Higher Education minister Michael Kaingu observed that the agreement would enhance collaboration between the ministries of Higher Education of both countries.
Dr. Kaingu said it would bring about teamwork between higher education institutions by offering exchange visits and study opportunities by professors and lecturers at universities and colleges of both countries.
He said the two ministries would organize seminars and other academic activities in which specialists would share knowledge and ideas.
“The agreement will organize academic activities for lectures and professors at the universities of both parties. It will also enhance collaboration between research institutes involving exchange of researchers and joint implementation and coordination of research projects and programmes,” Dr. Kaingu said.
He indicated that the agreement would also exchange curriculum and programmes to compare and discuss the equivalent of academic degrees granted by the universities and other mid-level colleges.
“There will be exchange of publications, educational aids and curriculum in the fields of technical, vocation and industrial training. This will allow credit transfers which allow granting of recognized degrees among institutions in the two countries, ” he said.
Dr. Kaingu emphasized the need for both governments to ensure that the agreement was implemented for the betterment of the two nations for socio-economic development, through education and job creation.
And the University of Zambia and Rainbow Harmony Institute of Turkey have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
The MoU entails UNZA sending 12 lecturers to Turkey Universities as part of the cooperation.