Lusaka, August, 18, 2014—The University of Zambia (UNZA) in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) has launched post graduate programmes for Masters Degrees and Doctorate in Philosophy through the Institute of Distance Education. UNZA Vice Chancellor Stephen Simukanga disclosed that the key programmes include Master of Science in Peace, Leadership and Conflict Resolution, Master of Business Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy. Professor Simukanga said the partnership is anchored within the open and distance education framework for the two universities to promote research and consultancy. He said the development is in line with the university’s vision of providing relevant higher education through teaching, research and community service. The Professor said the university was delighted to join hands with its sister university ZOU, for the benefit of the people in their respective countries. He stated the role to be played by UNZA in the partnership includes recruitment of prospective students and tutors, provision of learner support and administration of examinations while ZOU is providing curricula modules examiners. Professor Simukanga said this in a speech read for him by his deputy Professor Enala Tembo. And ZOU Acting Vice Chancellor Alfred Ncube expressed happiness that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed four years ago with a view of offering post graduate programmes to the Zambian community has finally come into fruition. Dr Ncube said ZOU was looking forward to expanding programmes for the benefit of the people.