CBU-TAZARA Mpika Campus Is Now In Full Swing

CBU-TAZARA Mpika Campus Is Now In Full Swing
Eng Bruno Chingandu (L) and Prof. Naison Ngoma (R) shaking hands after signing, looking on are Mr Marco Mabala (L) and Mr Paul Himoonga (R)

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) and the Copperbelt University (CBU) of Zambia have signed an Academic Business Partnership Agreement, officially operationalising the establishment of the CBU-TAZARA Mpika Campus at the TAZARA Training Centre, which has already begun offering skills development in railway related engineering and logistics academic programs at Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Master Degree and PhD levels.

Apart from setting up a unique relationship that creates unheralded value and opportunities for both the University and the railway industry, the partnership is an undertaking to position both institutions towards contributing to the planned African Integrated High Speed Railway Network (AIHSRN) in areas of human capital development and manufacturing of railway related products.

The African Integrated High Speed Railway Network (AIHSRN) is a flagship project of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, which has earmarked TAZARA’s Mpika Workshops as one of the centres to play a key role in the manufacture of components for the railway project.

The Business Agreement, which specifies the contributions and benefits of each party as well as dispute resolution mechanisms, was signed in Dar es Salaam, on 4 January 2020, by the two institutions’ Chief Executive Officers, Eng. Bruno Ching’andu, Managing Director of TAZARA, and Professor Naison Ngoma, the CBU Vice Chancellor, respectively.

Managing Director of TAZARA Eng. Ching’andu has hailed the signing of the Agreement, noting that -“We are delighted to be signing this Agreement, which signals the implementing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that we signed in 2017 to provide a framework for establishing a practical training institute that maximizes the utilisation of the already existing resources at TAZARA and CBU.

“I am positive that this Agreement will give impetus to our relationship and enable us to harness the knowledge and experience in the railway sector, which we should all apply to the benefit of the institutions and the countries in the region.”

The Vice Chancellor emphasised that the University was keen to see TAZARA benefit through the training of employees, knowledge exchange and economic value for the utilisation of the TAZARA infrastructure.

Prof Ngoma said, “I am particularly encouraged by the Southern African Railways Association's (SARA) welcoming of the partnership and recommendation that other member countries take leaf of our pioneering initiative to make use of the vast knowledge in the railway industry.”

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