Copperbelt Minister Japhen Mwakalombe has commended management at the Copperbelt University (CBU) for its commitment to improving the living standards of people in the country.
Speaking when he officiated at the University’s 27th graduation ceremony at its main campus in Kitwe today, Mr Mwalombe stated that results are being noticed in the manner the institution is managing Kapasa Makasa University where communities in Northern, Luapula and Muchinga provinces are now engaging in Agro forest, aqua culture, wildlife and animal science.
Mr Mwakalombe noted that since the university was established, it has made fundamental contributions to both knowledge and improving the living standards of communities through its research works.
He mentioned that government has put up measures to make higher education accessible to all Zambians through the mechanism of loan repayment scheme.
He urged the graduating students at the university to partner with government on the exercise to enable other beneficiaries access the loan.
The Minister also urged the graduates to apply skills and knowledge acquired to contribute to the prosperity of society.
He expressed confidence that the pool of graduates offloaded by the university into the labour market will accelerate development with the skills obtained.
Meanwhile CBU Chancellor Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi described education sector as a key exit to social change.
Prof Mwanalunshi added that the sector is an engine that propels development by imparting skills on the human resource which is critical in the quest to develop the country’s economy.
He however bemoaned that the university is not producing graduates with an attitude to continue learning.
He noted that today’s graduates are content with qualifications attained upon graduating and the tendency did create a narrow mind which constituted into an obstacle.
Prof.Mwanalushi stressed the need to change the mindset and culture, if the graduates are to contribute meaningful to the development of the country in a sustainable manner.
He has since urged the graduates to ensure that they contribute to uplifting the living standards of communities they are coming from.
This year’s graduation theme was anchored on ‘Quest for Sustainability and Consolidation of Higher Education Idealism’.