UNZA USA Alumni Launched
The University of Zambia has officially launched the United States of America UNZA Alumni Relations Foundation in Washington DC. The Government of the District of Columbia through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Corporations Division issued the Certificate of Registration signed by Superintendent of Corporation Patricia Grays.
America UNZA Alumni chairperson Professor Kenneth Mwenda and Head of Alumni Relations and Advancement, Kennedy Msusa presented the Certificate to Zambia’s Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula, S.C., at the Embassy of Zambia in Washington D.C.
And Dr. Simbyakula has commended the UNZA U.S.A Alumni for their resourcefulness in successfully registering the foundation in the United States. He said the Alumni are an important vehicle that most universities in the western world use to raise funds for research, scholarship and infrastructure development.
“In fact we are way behind; nonetheless, it is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So this is a very significant step in formalizing the registration of the Alumni foundation so that those former UNZA students and other well-wishers in the USA can use this as a vehicle in supporting tertiary education in Zambia. As an Embassy we will do all we can to support this exercise. Well done!” said Dr. Simbyakula who is also an Alumnus of UNZA.
Meanwhile, Prof. Mwenda thanked the Embassy for facilitating the registration process of the association and appealed to former UNZA students in the U.S.A to come on board and render support to the institution.
And Mr Msusa who just returned from China to establish a similar Alumni chapter said UNZA Alumni body had five strategic directions that focus on strengthening its governance structures.
He said UNZA Vice Chancellor Professor Luke Evuta Mumba is also delighted for partnering with the Embassy of Zambia in Washington to build capacity for the higher learning institution in Zambia.
Mr. Msusa noted that there is need for strong governance systems within the Alumni framework to help push its agenda of research, scholarship and infrastructure development at the University of Zambia.
“This initiative exactly points to achieving these goals. The friends of the University of Zambia sit between individuals and corporate sector who will like to see how we are governed and build confidence in our activities,” Mr Msusa said.