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The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) established the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) through an Act of Parliament No. 1 of 1989 (ZCAS Act) for the purpose of training accountants, promoting research and advancement of learning in accountancy, finance and related studies, providing advisory and consultancy services, and for related matters.
As an integral part of the mandate, the provision of advisory and consulting services has grown extensively. All training and advisory services are provided under the Research, Consultancy and Distance Education Department.
Initially, ZCAS received donor support from the European Union, NORAD and DANIDA. For the last ten years however, ZCAS has been fully self-supporting and reliant on the income received from its training and consulting services. ZCAS has achieved international recognition for the quality of the courses and programmes and the commitment and professionalism of its staff and the consultancy and advisory services provided.Despite being a Statutory Institution, ZCAS has managed to sustain its operations without any government grants. This is an excellent record which is indicative of the calibre of management and staff at ZCAS. The Centre is keen to see many more institutions learn from it and become self-sustaining. The Centre’s product portfolio is twofold:
1) Research and Consultancy Services in business management and ICT fields.
2) Short-term capacity building workshops and long-term study programmes including professional diplomas, undergraduate degrees. and postgraduate degrees. These run in full-time, part-time and distance education modes.