Zambian Open University
The Zambian Open University (ZAOU) is a private university and is the only open university in Zambia. It was registered in 2002 and began operations in 2005 when it admitted the first students. ZAOU’sgrowth has been phenomenal in terms of programmes, student population and staff.
ZAOU began with 369 students enrolled in two schools: the School of Education and the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. The University now has over 5,000 enrolled in six schools. At post graduate level, the University offers five masters and doctoral programmes compared to only one in 2006. The staff complement has grown from four to 136 full time and from 30 to 150 part time academic members of staff. Geographically, ZAOU has spread from one centre, the headquarters in Lusaka (the capital city of Zambia), to 10 provincial centres throughout the country.
The vision of the university is to be an internationally recognised open university providing quality education through distance learning. The university embraces five core values: PATRIOTISM; HONESTY; INDUSTRY or HARD WORK; GENEROSITY and SELF DIRECTEDNESS.
ZAOU is committed to the provision of high quality university education and has implemented a number of strategies that include attracting highly qualified and experienced academic members of staff, investment in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), infrastructure and ensuring that library acquisitions grow to meet the increasing student numbers. ZAOU has just seen the completion of a multimillion dollar Senate and Office block and students are able to use the moodle platform for learning purposes. Additionally, the university has expanded into new areas of need such as mathematical sciences, agricultural sciences, business studies and collaboration with other institutions in and outside the African continent. For example ZAOU is a member of the Association for Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities, African Council on Distance Education and International Association for University Presidents.
ZAOU is determined to be the leader in the provision of university education through open and distance learning mode in Zambia and will ensure that it maintains the highest level of integrity in its mission.