UNZA Vice Chancellor thanks Japan for supporting the institution

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University of Zambia (UNZA) Vice Chancellor Stephen Simukanga says Zambia and UNZA in particular remains indebted to the Government of Japan for the construction of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Professor Simukanga says it is gratifying to note that Zambia and Japan have continued to share cordial bilateral relationships and fruitful collaboration in many areas of development.

The UNZA Vice Chancellor said this when visiting Japanese royal Prince Fumihito Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko visited the School of Veterinary Medicine at UNZA campus in Lusaka today.

He said the school project was aimed at addressing the critical shortage of qualified personnel in the professional skills relating to animal health and production for the purpose of improving the livestock industry in the country.

Professor Simukanga said prior to the establishment of the School of veterinary medicine, Zambia had only 10 veterinarians but that today the school has graduated over 300 veterinarians consisting of Zambians and students from foreign countries.

He called for further collaboration between the two countries.

The visited Japanese royal couple arrived in the country on Saturday to further strengthen diplomatic relations between Japan and Zambia.