The core business of the university is teaching, research and public service. To realize this core business, recruitment, retention and inspiration of staff is critical. The Copperbelt University made a bold decision to use 10 per cent of Government funding on personal emoluments to support the Staff Development Programme. However, the support from government is not enough to meet the demands for staff development but the University’s commitment to ensure that it has qualified staff is encapsulated in the fact that it annually mobilises resources to sponsor its members of staff for further training and upgrading of their qualifications.
Management made a commitment to train its staff in all schools and units of the University. To this effect the University has trained 278 members of staff at PhD, Masters degrees and other levels under this programme since 2010 at the total cost of K22,902,000.00.
The current focus which is on, but not limited to the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, notwithstanding, CBU is scheduled to sponsor 14 Fellows for further studies during 2015 bringing the current total number of Fellowship Holders to 96 this year alone.