Accreditation

accreitationAll subjects, courses and programs offered by Rusangu University are approved by the Ministry of Education and/or such other body in charge of higher education in Zambia.  This means that the programs of study are reviewed regularly and subjected to rigorous quality assurance controls to guarantee their relevance and quality.  This further means that high standards are followed to monitor the performance of both students and faculty.

A system of external examiners and visiting professors is part of the validation of Rusangu University’s academic standards.   For each course in major or minor field; the lecturers go through an “internal defence” procedure in which the questions and expected marking keys of the final examinations are presented to colleagues and professional peers before they are given to students.  After the examinations, the corrected examination papers and grades are scrutinized by external “examiners” to ensure fairness in grading and that all standards and regulations of the Ministry of Education’s Board of Higher Education are met.  The procedure is carried for the first five years of each program’s operation at the discretion of the Ministry of Education.  However the University Council and its senate being the highest final administrative and academic bodies will ensure that the set academic standards are met.

 The University is also in the process of meeting the relevant professional association requirements for recognition of its various programmes.

 A formal service agreement between Rusangu University and some African and/or American Universities and Colleges will be signed.  These agreements will be explained and they cover the major areas of academic assistance: 

– Professor exchange and joint research programmes
– Curriculum and course development

Validation of academic standards

Rusangu University is and registered by the Government of the Republic of Zambia.   It is in the processes of being accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities in Washington DC-USA and by the Commission of Education at the Southern African Indian Ocean Division (SID) of the General conference of Seventh-day Adventist in Harare-Zimbabwe.  The University is one of the more than 90 Colleges and Universities in a private system of higher education operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church world-wide.  Some of these are: Bugema University-Uganda; Andrews University-USA; Babcock University-Nigeria; Loma Linda University-USA; Oakwood College-USA; Adventist University of Central Africa-Rwanda; Newbold College-England.  Furthermore, the university hopes to be a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

 Finally, Rusangu University is to be a Chartered Institution of Higher Learning in Zambia.