The Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges (ZAPUC) will be hosting an international conference from 29 April to 3 May 2018 in the Zambia’s tourist capital, Livingstone at Avani Hotel, located at the banks of the Victoria Falls. The conference will bring together educationists, researchers, policy makers, government officials and industry to reflect on the role of Universities and colleges in sustainable national development. The conference will give an opportunity to the participants to gauge how higher education could be a key contributor to the realization of the sustainable development goals with the Agenda 2030 and beyond. The conference is co-sponsored by various partners
The role of higher education in the socio-economic development of any nation cannot be overemphasized. Universities and colleges world over are viewed to be the major source of manpower to drive the nations’ development agendas. Universities and colleges are kind of global institutions that are durable and enduring. When wisely designed, governed and financed, they are unique entities which are neutral conveners, assemblers of talent, and unmatched idea factories where the creativity and idealism of great minds, young and old alike, can be applied to solve problems faced by society.
Most African countries are endowed with abundant natural resources but still remain amongst the poorest nations of the world. Zambia, for instance, is the 48th poorest nation in the world out of 189 countries captured according to the Global Financing Magazine of 13th February 2017. The Democratic Republic of Congo, rich in mineral resources, is the second poorest nation in the world. A lot of questions can be posed to find out where things are going wrong including questioning the calibre of manpower being trained to uplift the socio-economic status of respective nations and the type of research needed to provide lasting solutions, hence the need for this conference.
Objectives of the Conference
The main objective of the conference is to reflect on the role of higher education in sustainable national development with particular reference to the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected that the conference will bring out issues that our respective governments and higher learning institutions will consider for repositioning and transformation of higher education to effectively contribute to sustainable national development.
The theme of the conference is “Re-positioning the role of Universities and Colleges in Sustainable National Development”
Conference Guest of Honour
The Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Professor Nkandu Luo, MP.
Expected Benefits/ outcomes of the Conference
1. Share, experiences, information, research results and collaborate in solving challenges that cross borders; in unlocking and harnessing new knowledge; in building cultural and political understanding; and in modeling environments that promote dialogue and debate and positively contribute to national development.
2. Forge mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations among higher education institutions and with industry and government. The borderless partnerships keep growing in nature and increasing in number of activities yielding several benefits for the higher learning institutions. For example, the collaboration between Harvard and the government of Botswana has over a decade and a half made significant progress in AIDS prevention and treatment. One of its greatest successes has been in all but eliminating mother-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in a study population.
These benefits which enhances collaborations and partnering would provoke a new way of co-financing and undertaking projects thereby improving utility of the limited government funding.
We invite full papers for presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia from universities, colleges, government ministries, industry as well as other relevant stakeholders, addressing one of the following sub-themes:
1. The relationship between the higher education and industry
This will be discussed under the following thematic areas;
2. Repositioning the role of Universities and Colleges for Sustainable National Development
This will be discussed under the following thematic areas;
3. ICT in Higher Education
This will be discussed under the following thematic areas
We welcome the submission of full papers by 20th January 2018. All full papers will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The dates below serve as a guideline for submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines. To submit the full paper please click on the link: SUBMIT YOUR PAPER
Full paper Deadlines
Deadline of submission of full papers 2 March 2018 (Revised)
Notification of accepted paper to authors before 16 March 2018 (Revised)
Early Registration 31st January 2018
Regular Registration 28th February 2018
Late Registration 31st March 2018
Conference registration is open. Click here to register
Format for Conference Paper submission
Full length papers must be limited to six pages A4 single-line spacing (10 point font size minimum) and formatted following the IEEE conference paper format.
Paper submission is via EDAS.
Authors should access EDAS through the conference site for all submissions and by all means do not email papers directly to Track or Conference Chair persons as this makes reviewing of your papers messy and difficult.
All papers submitted to the conference will be reviewed by at least two international reviewers.
Papers which are registered and presented during the conference will be included in the conference proceedings with an ISBN to facilitate access and referencing.
Conference Registration fees
ZAPUC paid up members
Early registration $200
Late registration $250
Local and non ZAPUC members
Early registration $250
Late registration $300
Early registration $300
Late registration $350
Conference Hotel Bookings
Please book with any of the following hotels and indicate or reference "ZAPUC" in order to get discounted conference rates
Contact Details /Organising Committee
Dr G Tambulukani
University of Zambia
PO Box 32379