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Chalimbana University has been born from the original Jeanes School which was opened in 1939, as a Jeanes Training Centre for community teachers. It is located 57 km east of Lusaka in Chongwe district. In the 1950s the college was affiliated to the University of Salisbury – Southern Rhodesia as Chalimbana Teacher Training College; training both primary and secondary school teachers. The college became exclusively in-service in 1970 to service primary school teachers and administrators and was renamed NISTCOL. In 1975 Advanced Primary Course (APC) and Advanced Industrial Arts (AIA) were introduced. These were upgrading courses for primary school teachers who had the necessary school certificate qualifications. These were one-year courses. In 1989 Diploma in Basic Education for Science, Mathematics and English was introduced which was later in 1995 affiliated to the University of Zambia under the name of Secondary Teachers’ Diploma. In 2005 Diploma in Education Management by distance learning was introduced. This has continued to date as Education Leadership and Management course.
Chalimbana University’s vision is to be a university of Excellency in the provision of higher education.
The mission is “to provide appropriate higher education through teaching, research and service to humanity.”.
To provide quality professional and academic qualifications through short and long term programmes.
The major goals for the university are:
• To respond to the real needs of our country.
• On merit, win the respect and proper recognition of the university world.
• To provide an opportunity to research and encourage use of the research findings.
• To produce authentic, effective and efficient teachers, administrators and other professionals capable of contributing
to economic, political, social national and international development goals that protect and enrich human dignity.
• To train professional teachers for Early Childhood, primary and tertiary education.
• To equip education administrators with necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for the provision of leadership and management in education and also in their areas of specialisation.
• To equip teachers with necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for teaching.
• To enhance students’ research skills and career development.
• To develop professionals who will fit in the deferent sectors of our society
• To promote lifelong learning.