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THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY

OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

 

ADDRESS BY

 THE ACTING VICE- CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR PAUL CHISALE

ON THE OCCASION OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE 30TH GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY AT RIVERSIDE CAMPUS

Friday, 22ND APRIL 2022

 

THEME:  “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATION

 

 

SALUTATIONS

 

IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE AS ACTING VICE CHANCELLOR TO WELCOME YOU TO THIS SECOND SESSION OF THE 30TH GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY.

GUEST OF HONOUR SIR, TODAY THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY IS PRESENTING TWO THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-ONE (2, 241) GRADUANDS FOR THE AWARD OF VAROUS DEGREES – WHICH IS A 10.5% INCREASE COMPARED TO THE 29TH GRADUATION CEREMONY.

THE BREAKDOWN OF GRADUANDS IS AS FOLLOWS:

 

GUEST OF HONOUR SIR, THIS 30TH GRADUATION CEREMONY IS BEING CELEBRATED UNDER THE THEME “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATION”. INNOVATION HAS INDEED BECOME A BUZZWORD ACROSS THE GLOBE. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENTS, CORPORATES, ACADEMIA AND INDEED CIVIL SOCIETY SEE IT AS THE ANSWER TO MAJOR CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES.

GUEST OF HONOUR SIR, I AM AWARE THAT THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SETS A BROAD AND AMBITIOUS AGENDA PREMISED ON INNOVATION IN AS THE country develops TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS in agenda 2030, NEW MODALITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT ARE REQUIRED, INCLUDING BRINGING INNOVATIONS INTO THE FOREGROUND IN ALL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES.

 GUEST OF HONOUR SIR, COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY HAS EMBRACED INNOVATION AND INDUSTRIALIZATION AS PART OF ITS CORE MANDATE IN LINE WITH THE NEW PARADIGM OF EDUCATION FIVE POINT ZERO. THE UNIVERSITY HAS NOT ONLY EMBRACED THIS SHIFT BUT HAS ENSHRISHED IT AS ITS MISSION WHICH STATES TO BE A PREMIER INSTITUTION IN TEACHING, RESEARCH, AND INNOVATION FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT”.

GUEST OF HONOUR, FOR US AS COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY, INNOVATION IS OUR FORCUS IN PROMOTING INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIALIZATION. THE KEY QUESTIONS IS NOT HOW TO ENCOURAGE MORE INNOVATIONS IN THE UNIVERSITY, BUT WHICH KINDS OF INNOVATIONS NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY BELIEVE IT IS TIME TO RESPOND TO LOCAL PROBLEMS BY UTILIZING LOCAL SOLUTIONS. AND THUS THE UNIVERSITY PLACES EMPHASIS ON PROMOTION OF INNOVATION AIMED AT SOLVING COMPLEX SOCIETAL CHALLENGES. ‘THIS IS AT THE CORE OF THE UNIVERSITY’S RELEVENACE IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT’.

 

GUEST OF HONOUR, I AM AWARE OF THE MANY INNOVATIONS AND INVENTIONS THAT THE CBU HAS DONE. AMONG THE MANY ARE:

  1. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TAX-ONLINE SYSTEM, A CUSTOMS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND INSTALLATION OF A VEHICLE TRACKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS DONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ZAMBIA REVENUE AUTHORITY. THE SYSTEMS ARE TO PROVIDE FOR EFFICIENT, RELIABLE AND SIMPLIFIED BUSINESS SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO ENHANCE TAX COMPLIANCE, AND ARE THUS A HUGE MILESTONE IN PROVIDING HOMEGROWN TAX ADMINISTRATION SYSTEMS.
  2. DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST EVER AUTOMATED WALK-IN SANITIZING SYSTEM (AWISS), A SOLAR POWERED AUTOMATED HAND WASH STATION, HAND SANITIZERS AND LIQUID SOAP SOLUTIONS WHICH ARE RESPONSES TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19.
  3. DEVELOPMENT OF A VIDEO CONFERENCING SYSTEM WHICH IS BEING PILOTED FOR CONDUCTING ONLINE INTERACTIONS, MEETINGS AND LEARNING. THE SYSTEM IS MEANT TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH ONLINE LEARNING.
  4. TISSUE CULTURING OF VARIOUS INDEGINOUS PLANTS AND TREES INCLUDING THE MUKULA TREE, EUCALYPTUS TREE, MUMBU PLANTS, BUSALA PLANTS AND BANANAS MEANT TO COMMERCIALISE THESE PLANTS AS WELL AS PREVENT THEIR EXTINCTION.
  5. CBU HAS ALSO DEVELOPED SIMPLIFIED HYDRAULIC BRICK MAKING MACHINES AND MAIZE SHELLING MACHINES THAT USE SIMPLE TECHNOLOGIES AND CAN BE USED IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES.

GUEST OF HONOUR SIR, WE BELIEVE THAT THE POTENTIAL FOR ZAMBIA TO BENEFIT IN TERMS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS LIKELY TO BE GREATER WHEN THERE IS EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF THESE INNOVATIONS AT VARIOUS LEVELS AND A POSITIVE ENABLING ENVIRONMENT THAT BRINGS TOGETHER PHYSICAL CAPITAL AS WELL AS HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENTS, INVESTMENT IN R&D, POLICY AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, AMONG OTHERS. HOWEVER TODAY, GUEST OF HONOUR, WE BEMOAN THE LOW UPTAKE OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATIONS OUTPUTS FROM THE UNIVERSITIES BY INDUSTRY. WE EARNSTLY CALL UPON THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PARTNER WITH US TO PRODUCE IMPLEMENTABLE INNOVATIONS AND SOLUTIONS THAT WILL ENABLE THE NATION ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

 

 

 

REMARKS TO GRADUANDS

TO OUR GRADUANDS, MANY OF YOU THAT ARE GRADUATING WITH BACHELORS AND POSTGRADUATE DEGREES YOU WILL HAVE AN ACUTE SENSE OF YOUR UNIVERSITY BEING AT THE FOREFRONT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, THE FOREFRONT OF RESEARCH, THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION AND A UNIVERSITY THAT TRANSLATES KNOWLEDGE OF THE AGES AND THE FRESH DISCOVERIES, INTO PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE VIBRANT, WHICH ARE RELEVANT, WHICH ARE EXCITING AND WHICH HAVE MADE YOU THE PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE TODAY.

WHAT OF WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

OF COURSE YOU ARE GRADUATING INTO A WORLD OF CHALLENGES

OF COURSE YOU ARE GRADUATING INTO A WORLD OF CHANGE

OF COURSE YOU ARE GRADUATING AT A MOMENT WHEN THE COUNTRY IS AT CROSSROADS DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC  

BUT IN THESE CHALLENGING AND IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES, YOU NEED TO HOLD FAST AND BE CERTAIN THAT YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSONS THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSONS THAT INDUSTRY AND THE NATION NEED TODAY, AND YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSON WHICH WILL PUSH FOR NEW FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE, NEW METHODS, IDEAS AND PROUCTS TO BUILD A BETTER AND RESILIENT FUTURE.

 

SO WHATEVER THAT NEXT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIFE TAKES YOU TO, BE ASSURED THAT THE CONFIDENCE THAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY IN THE FIRST PLACE, IS NOT AND WAS NOT, MISPLACED. IT’S A CONFIDENCE IN YOUR PAST ACHIEVEMENT, ITS YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THE CBU DEGREE, BUT IT’S A CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF AND IT’S A CONFIDENCE IN YOUR FUTURE

SO, THE THAT NEXT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIVES, IT MIGHT HAVE SOME UNCERTANITY, IT MIGHT TAKE YOU INTO NEW AND CHALLENGING TERRITORIES, BUT AS IT DOES, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT YOU WILL MEET THOSE CHALLENGES THAT WILL BUILD ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS THUS FAR AND THAT WILL BE A KEY AND A CRUCIAL PART OF BUILDING THAT BETTER FUTURE FOR US ALL

SO AS YOU MOVE ON FROM CBU, REMEMBER ALL THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THIS UNIVERSITY, REMEMBER ALL THAT YOU HAVE GAINED FROM THIS UNIVERSITY, CONTINUE TO BE PART OF THE GREAT FAMILY, THAT GREAT FAMILY OF OVER 30,000 ALUMNI GRADUATES OF THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY. REMEMBER TOO THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR FUTURE ACHIEVEMENTS AS WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN YOUR ACHIEVEMENT THIS FAR.

LET ME ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS THAT HAVE SUPPORTED US IN VARIOUS WAYS – IN THE PRODUCTION OF MATERIALS, FINANCIAL, SPONSORSHIP OF AWARDS AND HUMAN RESOURCES - WITHOUT WHOM THE ACHEIVEMENTS OF TODAY WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUANDS

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL

I THANK YOU!