2018 International Conference

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2018 International Conference

ZAPUC – Call for Paper


Concept Note

The Zambia Association of Public Universities and Colleges (ZAPUC) will be hosting an international conference from 29 April to 3 May 2018 in the Zambia’s tourist capital, Livingstone at Avani Hotel, located at the banks of the Victoria Falls. The conference will bring together educationists, researchers, policy makers, government officials and industry to reflect on the role of Universities and colleges in sustainable national development. The conference will give an opportunity to the participants to gauge how higher education could be a key contributor to the realization of the sustainable development goals with the Agenda 2030 and beyond. The conference is co-sponsored by various partners



The role of higher education in the socio-economic development of any nation cannot be overemphasized. Universities and colleges world over are viewed to be the major source of manpower to drive the nations’ development agendas. Universities and colleges are kind of global institutions that are durable and enduring. When wisely designed, governed and financed, they are unique entities which are neutral conveners, assemblers of talent, and unmatched idea factories where the creativity and idealism of great minds, young and old alike, can be applied to solve problems faced by society.

Most African countries are endowed with abundant natural resources but still remain amongst the poorest nations of the world. Zambia, for instance, is the 48th poorest nation in the world out of 189 countries captured according to the Global Financing Magazine of 13th February 2017. The Democratic Republic of Congo, rich in mineral resources, is the second poorest nation in the world. A lot of questions can be posed to find out where things are going wrong including questioning the calibre of manpower being trained to uplift the socio-economic status of respective nations and the type of research needed to provide lasting solutions, hence the need for this conference.


Conference Details

Objectives of the Conference

The main objective of the conference is to reflect on the role of higher education in sustainable national development with particular reference to the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected that the conference will bring out issues that our respective governments and higher learning institutions will consider for repositioning and transformation of higher education to effectively contribute to sustainable national development.

The theme of the conference is “Re-positioning the role of Universities and Colleges in Sustainable National Development”

Conference Guest of Honour

The Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Professor Nkandu Luo, MP.

Expected Benefits/ outcomes of the Conference

  1. Share, experiences, information, research results and collaborate in solving challenges that cross borders; in unlocking and harnessing new knowledge; in building cultural and political understanding; and in modeling environments that promote dialogue and debate and positively contribute to national development.
  2. Forge mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations among higher education institutions and with industry and government. The borderless partnerships keep growing in nature and increasing in number of activities yielding several benefits for the higher learning institutions. For example, the collaboration between Harvard and the government of Botswana has over a decade and a half made significant progress in AIDS prevention and treatment. One of its greatest successes has been in all but eliminating mother-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in a study population.

These benefits which enhances collaborations and partnering would provoke a new way of co-financing and undertaking projects thereby improving utility of the limited government funding.

Conference Modalities

We invite full papers for presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia from universities, colleges, government ministries, industry as well as other relevant stakeholders, addressing one of the following sub-themes:


1.The relationship between the higher education and industry

This will be discussed under the following thematic areas;

  • Linking Higher Education to Industry/Private Sector
  • Industry Integration with Higher Education
  • The Role of Research in Industry
  • Entrepreneurship in Higher Learning Institutions
  • Evaluation of the Impact of Industry on the Curricula of Higher Education
  • The role of Higher Education in Policy analysis and Development
  • Relevance of internship/attachment/practical training in skills acquisition
  • The role of Government in promoting collaboration and partnerships between industry and Higher Education


2.Repositioning the role of Universities and Colleges for Sustainable National Development

This will be discussed under the following thematic areas;

  • Investment and sustainability for research in HE
  • Curriculum for Sustainable Development in HE
  • Financing Models for HE
  • Public and Private Partnerships ( PPP) policy in HE
  • Innovation and patents for sustainable development in HE
  • Leadership in Higher Education transformation
  • Policy influence on Higher Education re-positioning


3. ICT in Higher Education

This will be discussed under the following thematic areas

  • ICT in Counterfeit Management (e.g. Plagiarism, Cyber crime)
  • ICT in governance Systems (e.g. Electronic Voting System)
  • Commercialization of ICT for starter ups for National Development
  • Using ICT software in teaching and learning

Guide for Authors

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of full papers by 20th January 2018. All full papers will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The dates below serve as a guideline for submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines. To submit the full paper please click on the link: SUBMIT YOUR PAPER

Paper & Registration Dates

Full paper Deadlines

Deadline of submission of full papers 2 March 2018 (Revised)

Notification of accepted paper to authors before 16 March 2018 (Revised)

Registration Deadlines

Early Registration 31st January 2018
Regular Registration 28th February 2018
Late Registration 31st March 2018

Conference registration is open. Click here to register

Format for Conference Paper submission

  1. Full length papers must be limited to six pages A4 single-line spacing (10 point font size minimum) and formatted following the IEEE conference paper format.

  2. Paper submission is via EDAS.

  3. Authors should access EDAS through the conference site for all submissions and by all means do not email papers directly to Track or Conference Chair persons as this makes reviewing of your papers messy and difficult.

  4. All papers submitted to the conference will be reviewed by at least two international reviewers.

  5. Papers which are registered and presented during the conference will be included in the conference proceedings with an ISBN to facilitate access and referencing.

Conference Registration fees

ZAPUC paid up members

  • Early registration $200

  • Late registration $250

Local and non ZAPUC members

  • Early registration $250

  • Late registration $300

International Participants

  • Early registration $300

  • Late registration $350

Conference Hotel Bookings

Please book with any of the following hotels and indicate or reference “ZAPUC” in order to get discounted conference rates

1.AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Click here to book discounted rates for AVANI hotel

2.Courtyard Hotel.
Contact: Mabel Zulu
Tel: +260 978 058014
Email: res@courtyardhotel.co.zm or mabel.courtyardhotelvicfalls@gmail.com
Click here to book with Courtyard Hotel

2.Oriental Swan Hotel
Contact: Manager
Tel: +260 969 900668 or +260 978 766668
Email: orientalswanltd@gmail.com
Click here to book with Oriental Swan Hotel

3.Chrismar Hotel Livingstone
Contact: Manager
Tel: +260 969 893728; 260213323141; +260 211 253036; +260 211 253605
Email: booklvn@chrismarhotels.com or book@chrismarhotels.com
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Contact Details /Organising Committee

Dr G Tambulukani

University of Zambia

PO Box 32379



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