Doctor(ates) without Borders: Teleos Consultants Go To Zambia

Recently, together with my Teleos colleague, Gretchen Schmelzer, Professor Barbara Okun of Northeastern University and intern Jessica Eisenbach, I visited Cavendish University Zambia (CUZ). We went at the invitation of the university to conduct a needs analysis for a PhD program. Zambian students interested in pursuing PhD studies must leave Zambia, because there is currently no PhD program in country.

During our visit, we were fortunate to meet with the first president of Zambia, his excellence, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the chancellor of the University. As a Zambian myself, I feel honoured each time I meet him and I have met him several times on my previous trips to Zambia. And this time was no exception. Each time I feel humbled by the unassuming nature of a man who has given and achieved so much—not only for his country but also for Africa. He is truly a model for African leaders that political and social change can occur without the unnecessary misery and suffering we have seen in other parts of the continent. Dr Kaunda is still serving Zambia, long after the end of his presidency. In addition to serving as CUZ Chancellor, he set up a foundation to address the tragedy of HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa. The Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation is an inspiration to all in helping to improve the lives of African children.

In the photo, from left to right: Ketrine Salati, Eddy Mwelwa, Frywell Chirwa, Gretchen Schmelzer, Kenneth Kaunda, Mr. Mfula, Barbara Okun, Professor Mulira, Jessica Eisenbach, Professor Seke Banda, Mwiche Sichone, Dr. Nicholas Lubaba

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4 Responses to Doctor(ates) without Borders: Teleos Consultants Go To Zambia

  1. Baluka Liz Mweru says:

    Establishing PhD programmes is a brilliant idea and also cost effective since interested students can then pursue the programmes within their own country and save on air tickets to other countries.

    It also strengthens the authority of the university in Zambia and Africa’s higher learning sector.

    Way to go Eddy Mwelwa and your team!! good job!

  2. Eddy Mwelwa says:

    Thank you for your wonderful comment. It is deeply appreciated. Eddy

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