The initiative forms part of the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) project, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in cooperation with the governments of Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia.
Titled, SASSCAL Task 303, the project is the first of its kind and aims to address the national and regional needs for capacity building in management and analysis of the region’s natural and built environments and systems.
Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the partnership, Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, emphasised the multiple benefits of the project. “This collaborative arrangement will foster student and faculty exchange, cooperative research and participation within relevant GIS initiatives to enhance top quality research and innovation,” he said.
The Rector said that the curriculum that will be developed through the project will serve as a catalyst for internationalising coursework and co-curricular activities. It will also support partner faculties, infusing global knowledge, awareness and cross cultural competence throughout the learning cycle.
Prof Enala Mwase, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia, lauded the initiative and said it will enable the respective institutions to realise a joint effort to respond to regional challenges such as the implications of climate change, particularly on agriculture and food security, as well as the general challenge of environmental degradation.