Kwame Nkrumah University

Kwame Nkrumah University (KNU)
MottoTeaching for Excellence
Vice-ChancellorProf. Alfred M. Mwanza, PhD
Academic staff
74+ (2016)
Students6,000+ (2016)
14°26′41″S 28°28′02″E / 14.44472°S 28.46722°E / -14.44472; 28.46722Coordinates: 14°26′41″S 28°28′02″E / 14.44472°S 28.46722°E / -14.44472; 28.46722

Kwame Nkrumah University (KNU) is a public university in Zambia.[1]


The university's main campus is in the central business district of the city of Kabwe, approximately 155 kilometres (96 mi) by road north of Lusaka, the capital and largest city in Zambia.[2] The geographical coordinates of Kwame Nkrumah University are:14°26'41.0"S, 28°28'02.0"E (Latitude:-14.444722; Longitude:28.467222).[3]


The institution was opened in 1967, as Kabwe Teachers Training College. It trained junior secondary school teachers at its inception. Four years later, the president of Zambia at the time, Kenneth Kaunda, re-named the college Nkrumah Teachers College, in honor of Kwame Nkrumah, the first Prime Minister and first President of Ghana. During the period when Levy Mwanawasa was president (2002 to 2008), the college began transforming into a university, a process that concluded while Michael Sata was in office (2011 to 2014).[1]

Kwame Nkrumah University was established by Part IV, Section 14 of the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013. At its inception, the university could only accommodate 600 students, a number that has since increased to 6,000. As of August 2016, it employed 74 full-time academic staff. At that time, the university was undergoing a major infrastructure expansion, including four student hostels; each capable of accommodating 600 students. Hua Jiang Investment Limited, a Chinese construction firm, is carrying out the construction works, on which the government of Zambia had spent in excess of ZMW:57,518,410 (approx. US$5.68 million).[1]

The university held its first graduation ceremony under its own university letterheads in August 2015.[4]


Nkrumah University has three campus locations. The main campus — Munkoyo Street Campus — is about 3 km from the Kabwe city center. Nkrumah University has recently acquired the PAID-ESA campus along the same street (Previously the Pan African Institute for Development - East/Southern Africa); this campus will help expand the capacity of the university. The newest campus is the West Campus. It lies immediately to the left of Main Campus. Kwame Nkrumah University has a new state of the art Library which is located at the west Library. The new campus also houses the new lecture theatre. Other infrastructure are still under construction within the same vicinity.


The following undergraduate degree courses are offered by Kwame Nkrumah University:[5]


The Nkrumah University is divided into 4 schools:[citation needed]

  1. Life Sciences
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Mathematics and Statistics
  4. Physical Education
  1. Computing and Communication Technologies
  2. Accounting, Economics and Finance
  3. Marketing and Management Studies
  1. Psychology And Sociology
  2. Educational Administration and Policy Studies
  3. Languages and Social Sciences Education
  4. Mathematics and Science Education
  5. Special Education
  1. Social Sciences
  2. Languages
  3. Religious Studies
  4. Linguistics


The University Senate runs the university under the supervision of the University Council. There are four schools namely; the school of Natural Science, the school of Business Studies, the school of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the school of Education. There are two institutes; Institute of Open and Distance Learning, and the Centre for Information and Communication Technology.[6]

Care Taker Committee of Kwame Nkrumah University composed of Dr. Yusuf Ahmed (Chairperson), Mrs. Sherry Anne Thole (Vice Chairperson), Dr. Christopher Mazimba, Dr. Elizabeth Nkumbula, Mr. Felix A. Nkandu, Dr. Phoebe Albina Bwembya, Hon. Susan B. Kawandami, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Higher Education, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance (Budget). Prof Hellicy Ng'ambi Vice Chancellor and Dr. Judith C.N.Lungu (Deputy Vice Chancellor) of Kwame Nkrumah University [1]

Other facilities

  • The University Guest House and Lodge.

Student life


Press and radio

Nkruman Times Nkrumah University media

Students residences

  • Mulungushi hostel (gents)
  • Luapula hostel (gents)
  • Kafue hostel (gents)
  • PAID-ESA hostels (gents)
  • Liseli hostel (females)
  • Chimwemwe hostel (females)
  • Zambezi hostel (females)
  • Luangwa hostel (females)
  • Peririntwaya hostel (females)

Sports clubs

Netball, Football, Volleyball, Basketball


Nkrumah is a new member of the Association of African Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Football Association of Zambia and the International Association of Universities.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Nguni, Chambo (23 August 2016). "How Nkrumah University is transforming". Zambia Daily Mail. Lusaka. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ GFC (6 December 2017). "Distance between Lusaka Central, Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia and Kwame Nkrumah University, Kabwe, Zambia". (GFC). Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. ^ Google (6 December 2017). "Location of the Campus of Kwame Nkrumah University" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  4. ^ LTC (11 August 2015). "New Public Kwame Nkrumah University holds its first graduation ceremony". Lusaka Times (LTC). Lusaka. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  5. ^ KNU (6 December 2017). "Kwame Nkrumah University: Programmes of Study". Kabwe: Kwame Nkrumah University (KNU). Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Kwame Nkrumah University". Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  7. ^ "Kwame Nkrumah University". Retrieved 2020-05-28.

External links

  • Website of Kwame Nkrumah University
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