The Copperbelt University – CBU has signed a memorandum of understanding – MOU with RUDN University of Russia for the Copperbelt based Zambian university to start offering Russian language courses. This is the first regional cluster MOU to be created and CBU was chosen as the Center which will cover other countries that include the likes of Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola.
This deal when fully implemented will result in CBU attracting regional students from the above countries who want to pursue courses and university programs in Russia. Zambia will become the regional cluster offering Russian language and this initiative is expected to boost what is termed as infinity exports as well as bring in the much needed foreign exchange into the country.
RUDN University chose CBU in particular to be the regional center for in the Russian Language in Africa. The Cluster approach, admittedly is a new concept in the African continent done in this way. The concept pulls together intellectuals, technical expertise and creative individuals for a common goal in areas of common academic and political interest.
Speaking at the MOU signing event, CBU Vice Chancellor professor Naison Ngoma expressed happiness that the Russian colleagues had taken a step of coming to Zambia and that shows that their relationship between the two Universities will be stronger.
Prof. Ngoma further disclosed that what was discussed in the last meeting was very much considered by the Zambian government to an extent that the minister of higher education in Zambia, Prof Nkandu Luo followed it up when she visited Moscow. “You must note that CBU is not as well endowed in infrastructure as RUDN university is but we are very keen to see positive results”, Prof. Ngoma said.
Prof. Ngoma further said that with the inspiration they got when the toured the medical school as well as the Engineering school at RUDN University which is very much impressive, CBU is glad to announce that it will be opening other new school at about 100 km at Mpika district from here on Monday.
“We felt it was important for us to open this campus looking at the new infrastructure of TAZARA and we believe that with the coming on board of our colleagues, we believe and hope that our Russian colleagues will be helping to ensure our engineering facilities are upgraded”, prof Ngoma said.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same event was Dr. Lousa Atremova who is RUDN university Vice Director for international Affairs who said that RUDN university is here as a bridge to ensure both Zambia and Russia connect in all different areas. RUDN University will send in their specialist to help develop the University in this new project.
Dr. Lousa further said that RUDN University will be sending in their specialists to come and help develop the university in this new language project and that there is a need to come up with a text book of the Russian language as a foreign language taking into consideration the specifics of the African region especially the Zambian students.
“The project between the two universities is not large but we would like it to develop. As we know that the priority in Zambia now is the demand for specialists in the building of roads and railways. Even though our university doesn’t have these specialists at the moment, we plan on talking to the ministry of transport, railways and the Universities in Russia to see if we can set up these project as well”, Dr. Lousa said.
The University was founded on 5th February, 1960 by the USSR Government. On 22nd February, 1961, the RUDN University was named after Patrice Lumumba, one of the symbols of the African peoples’ fight for independence. Students and academics at this university were free to pursue their learning, teaching, and research activities without being subject to political context, but firmly directed to the grand principles of friendship and mutual support. On February 5, 1992, by the decision of the Government of Russia, the University was renamed to Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.