The mining industry in Zambia has been and will continue being the cornerstone of the country’s economic and social development. It is a well know fact the economic development and social transformation of any nation is dependent upon the investment made in education and especially tertiary education. It is also a well established fact that the setting up of the School of Mines in 1973 was aimed at developing human resources that the mining industry in Zambia at the time critically needed. This has not changed today. In fact, the growth and expansion of the mining industry has created even more pressure in that the demand for skills has outstripped supply not only at tertiary level but also at lower levels. This has been made worse by lack of investment in infrastructure development at the University of Zambia.
The 2013-2017 UNZA Strategic Plan provides the general guide in terms of infrastructure development while this strategic plan, taken revitalizing the School of Mines infrastructure and quality of education and research.
This strategic plan has been developed with the assistance of First Quantum Minerals Plc through hiring of a consultant, Delloite and Tousch. I, on behalf of the School of Mines staff and indeed my own behalf, wish to take this opportunity to thank most sincerely. This is an example of how collaboration between academia and industry is expected to work. As a School we look forward to building on this collaboration in order to improve on the quality of our graduates through improved teaching and research infrastructure and enhanced research and development.