Higher Education Systems and Institutions, Zambia

  • Sitwe Benson Mkandawire
  • Lynn IlonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_478-1

Higher Education System Development

The Republic of Zambia (Zambia), formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a tropical climate. It consists of plateaus with some hills and mountains, dissected by rivers and valleys with an area of 752,614 km2. The 2017 projected census indicated a population of 16,405,000 (Central Statistical Office Information 2018).

The economy of Zambia is centered on agriculture, mining, manufacturing, industry, commerce, trade, tourism, and transportation. Among the most important natural resources in Zambia include minerals such as uranium, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, and copper, which ranked Zambia on the fifth largest producer in the world (Masaiti and Mwale 2017, p. 468). Hydroelectric power, fertile land, wildlife, forests, abundant surface and ground water are other important natural resources of Zambia.

Zambia’s general education system follows a five-tier hierarchy: early childhood...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, Department of Language and Social Sciences EducationUniversity of ZambiaLusakaZambia
  2. 2.Bayoom HubHamyeolSouth Korea

Section editors and affiliations

  • Goolam Mohamedbhai
    • 1
  • Patricio Langa
    • 2
  1. 1.Rose-HillMauritius
  2. 2.Centre for Adult and Continuing EducationUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa