University of Zambia deputy vice chancellor Professor Enala Mwase says military personnel must have a holistic approach to defence and security matters in order for them to be relevant in their field.
Speaking when she officiated at the 8th defence and security graduation ceremony held at the Zambia National Service (ZNS) officer’s mess in Chamba Velley on today, Professor Mwase says military should expand their knowledge through studies.
“We believe that even for the military to be relevant to the field today, one needs not only military aspect of training, but one must also have a holistic approach to defence and security matters,” Prof Mwase said.
“Through the diploma in defence and security studies, we have attempted to expand the scope of knowledge and technical skills for the military service and as a result, I can say we confident that we are now developing military personnel with capacity to serve society better, ” she explained.
Professor Mwase said the program would equip the military with an understanding of issues from various fields such as economics, peace and conflict resolutions.
“The programme will equip the military with understanding in economic, peace and conflict resolutions, development, public administration, sociology, political science, psychology, ethics, history, law among other professional fields,” said Prof Mwase.
And commandant defence services command and staff college Brigadier
General Sitali Alibuzwi said UNZA had helped to impart knowledge in military personnel.
“Vice Chancellor, I want to say this relationship has helped in imparting knowledge in our military in this country. Let me also say congratulations to all the graduating students for braving the pressure and making it. As a college, we are proud of you all and will therefore take keen interest in monitoring your performance as you continue with work,” said Brig Gen Alibuzwi.
12 out of 63 grandaunts were students from other African countries.