Secretary to Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska says government will continue improving tertiary education to ensure that it gets the “right products” out of the system.
Speaking in Lusaka when he officiated at University of Lusaka’s 5th graduation ceremony under the theme ‘A decade of providing quality education anchored on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for wealth creation’, Dr Msisika said education standards needed to continually improve in order to have positive change.
He said UNILUS had remained an example as it had continued to live up to its vision of having graduates who contributed positively to national development.
“I would like to say that government will continue to improve education at tertiary level to ensure that we get the right products out of the system. Let me also say that the University of Lusaka has continued to live up to its vision and graduates have gone to make our standards must continually improve if there is to be positive change in our national economy and social wellbeing. meaningful positive impact on the national and region,” Dr Misiska said.
He advised graduates to unlock knowledge, skills and values within themselves that would allow them to create their own employment.
“For years, the expectation of students, upon graduating, has been to get a job that befits their qualifications. What the University has done is to guarantee your success in life by inculcating knowledge, skills and values that you need in life. To be successful in life you must unlock that knowledge within you and to do so, you must think outside the box,” said Dr Msiska.
And speaking at the same event, UNILUS vice-chancellor Professor Pinalo Chifwanakeni encouraged the graduates to apply themselves in a productive manner that allowed them to thrive and be resourceful.
“Allow me to turn to you graduates. I am encouraging you to apply yourselves in a productive manner. You must thrive and be resourceful,” said Prof Pinalo.
Professor Pinalo said the university would continue providing quality education in order to produce the best leaders that will participate in the development of Zambia.
1137 students graduated, 470 of which were at postgraduate level.