The US Embassy team made a courtesy call on Vice Chancellor Prof. Inyambo Mwanawina when they visited the University of Barotseland today, July 19, 2022 at the Administration Campus. The team comprised of Mr. Austin Ngoma, Cultural Affairs Specialist; Ms. Sandra Banda, Cultural Affairs Assistant; and Mr. Brian Moonga, Information Assistant. The Vice Chancellor met the team in the accompany of Dean of the School of Education, Mr. Mukelabai Mwanambuyu; Registrar, Dr. Neberty Makomani; and Senior Administrative Officer, Mr. Kaywala Mulonda.
Prof. Mwanawina warmly welcomed the team to the university and saw the visitation as a catalyst to increased engagement and collaboration between the University of Barotseland and United States universities with respect to learning, research and exchange programs for both staff and students, and for the benefit of the community at large. The team, led by Mr. Ngoma, was happy to visit UBL as part of their outreach program to communities outside the line of rail. The outreach program is meant to allow a wider spectrum of scholars, students, professionals and communities benefit from the US Department of State sponsored and supported educational programs, fellowships and other opportunities.
After the courtesy call, the team met some students, despite UBL being on end-semester recess. The students were informed of the various opportunities being provided by the US on student exchange programs, studying in the US for Masters and PhD programs, and community support initiatives. Students thanked the Embassy for visiting UBL and meeting them. They saw the visit as an opportunity for them and the youth within western Zambia to benefit from US support. Students and staff were invited to attend a grant proposal writing session to be held at Mongu Library at 14:30 hrs on July 20, 2022. The invitation was extended to all interested stakeholders.