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Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Independent Zambia, laid the foundation for the modern education system. He understood the importance of education and framed policies to ensure primary education for children irrespective of their economic backgrounds. To meet the growing demand for qualified professionals the African nation ensures everyone gets equal access to quality education. TAU launched the Kenneth Kaunda – TAU Scholarship program worth 1.3 million ZMW with an aim to encourage meritorious students to pursue education in healthcare and management fields. The scholarship is awarded to students gaining admission to BBA, MBA, MPH, BSN, BPharm, HPFP, and MBChB programs.
“Ambition never comes to an end”
-Dr. Kenneth Kaunda
Dearly known as KK, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda is the Zambian freedom fighter, African liberator, and the first-ever President of Independent Zambia. From fighting for the freedom of the African country to bringing in policies for the overall development of Zambia, he has stood as the pillar of present-day Zambia. In the honor of this fine leader who laid the foundation for a modern education system in Independent Zambia, Texila American University has launched the Kenneth Kaunda – TAU Scholarship.
The Educational System in Zambia
Since its independence, Zambia has made considerable progress in the educational sector. It has achieved almost universal primary school enrolment and completion. Apart from developing professional standards for teaching the Government of Zambia is allocating more resources to the education sector. The aim is to increase access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education sectors.
The UN reported that “More than half of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa. The population of sub-Saharan Africa is projected to double by 2050”. With this rapidly growing population, there is a huge demand for medical specialization in the African continent altogether. The population is growing at the rate of 1.58% a year. Both the public and private sectors that form the two-tiered healthcare system are working towards providing better health care facilities to the entire population.
The health care system has seen a motivated growth with the establishments of hospitals or clinics, in-country manufacturing, rising options for micro-insurance, enhancement in health care delivery, increased number of solutions for serving POC health care, and intense focus on home diagnostics. With rapid population growth, there is rapid urbanization that results in job opportunities in the IT sector. Business professionals are highly valued for the overall economic growth of the country.
The leader who was at the forefront of Zambia’s struggle for independence from the British Empire, Kenneth Kaunda is also credited with revamping the education system in Zambia. He was the first and the longest-serving President of Independent Zambia. A former teacher, he understood the importance of education in building a strong nation and securing the future of a rich country.
He instituted a policy that enabled every child, irrespective of their economic background, to get primary education. The policy that he introduced provided children with free school supplies ensuring that every child attended school. The University of Zambia was opened during KK’s Presidential period. Other tertiary level institutions that opened during his Presidential period focused on vocational skills.
Zambia is facing a high demand for qualified professionals in all sectors. The nation’s goal right now is to meet this demand by ensuring everyone gets equal access to a world-class education. Inspired by Kenneth Kaunda’s zeal that has driven the nation to the present state, in terms of education, Texila American University has launched a Scholarship.
The Kenneth Kaunda-Texila American University Scholarship 2019 is worth 1.3 million ZMW. It is aimed to encourage meritorious and hardworking students to take up education in health care and management fields. In an effort to contribute to Zambia’s aim to increase the quality of healthcare and administrative force, we encourage students from Zambia to enroll in the programs in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public health, and Business Administration offered at Texila American University, Zambia.
Established in 2015, TAU is a private medical university in Zambia. We are also known for advanced infrastructure and curricula designed exclusively to build qualified professionals in healthcare and administrative fields.
The 1.3 million ZMW Scholarship is offered for the following programs:
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
The BBA program is designed to provide a solid base in the field of business and administration. Students gain an opportunity to work in various fields ranging from marketing to education.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The MBA program enables you to work in sectors such as finance & marketing, management, sales, and education, etc. Students can hone their leadership and critical thinking skills through our detailed and intensive curriculum.
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
This program enables students to develop innovative solutions to complex health challenges, including chronic and communicable diseases. It makes them capable of creating a healthier environment.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Students who graduate from this program will function as educators, administrators, clinicians, and researchers.
- Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm)
This program prepares graduates for the crucial role of the pharmacist in society ensuring that patients optimize medication usage.
- Health Professionals Foundation Program (HFPF)
A foundation program, it has been designed to prepare students for the MBChB course.
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
This program trains students to become competent doctors with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude to succeed in a dynamic environment.
This initiative is Texila American University’s attempt to contribute to the growth of Zambia. By creating opportunities for citizens to serve their nation as skilled professionals we are doing our small bit in building a better world.