Our Mission

To contribute to the development and sustenance of the well-being of the people of Zambia and the world through the provision of flexible, innovative, entrepreneurial, and inclusive programmes of teaching, learning, research and service

Our Vision

To become an Africa Centre of Excellence that develops human and institutional capacity to identify research and development problems, and provide solutions and entrepreneurs for sustainable mining nationally and regionally

Our Thematic Areas

1. Occupational health and vulnerabilities and risks to communities in mining environments, Restoration of mined and derelict environments and waste management 2. Energy use, Process and Mining Design, 3. Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility 4. Monitoring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Impacts


The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project (ACE II) is an initiative of the World Bank in collaboration with the Governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Aim of this project is to establish and strengthen specialization and collaboration among a network of selected higher education institutions across the sub-region. These institutions are designated as African Centres of Excellence (ACEs).

The Copperbelt University Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining

The Copperbelt University was selected by the World Bank to be the Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining (CBU ACESM). CBU ACESM focuses on delivering excellence in education, training, and research in five thematic


    areas identified as strategic to improving the sustainability of the mining industry in Zambia and beyond and these are:
  • 1.
    Occupational health and community vulnerability in mining environments.
  • 2.
    Restoration of mined and derelict environments and waste management.
  • 3.
    Energy use, mining and process design.
  • 4.
    Monitoring Biodiversity and ecosystem impacts.
  • 5.
    Livelihoods, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.



The CBU ACESM is designed on the basis of a participatory action-oriented methodology to ensure that the ACESM together with its partners tackle the developmental challenge to the fullest extent. It will use multidisciplinary research approach in conducting demand-driven applied research.

Research under the CBU ACESM will seek to engage in viable public- private partnerships (PPPs) with various partners to enhance involvement of industrial partners and other stakeholders in postgraduate training and research. The project will prioritise staff development and improving of staff competences through short-term international trainings, workshops and conferences. This will build both the capacity of staff as well as institutional collaborations. The training of MSc. and PhD will build on trans-disciplinary research approach and involve internships, workshops and conferences. CBU ACESM will establish applied research programs to enable scientists pursue high-impact projects that will contribute to national, regional and global understanding and improvement of sustainable mining for enhanced human wellbeing and environmental management.

  • Short Course


    Environmental challenges are adversely affecting Africa’s forest resources. The continent’s forest’s cover is estimated at 23% of total land area, offering a number of ecosystem services. Challenges affecting the forests also affect the services that these resources provide, subsequently affecting the continent’s economy and people’s livelihoods. Dendrochronology is one field of science that can help solve some of the environmental challenges.

    CBU-ACESM offers scheduled Dendrochronology short course training. The impart scientific knowledge on the techniques and application of tree-ring science to understand various environmental problems affecting the forests. The trainings focus on imparting skills in sample collection, preparation, tree-ring measurements, cross-dating, chronology building, and interpretation of results.

    Summer School Training 2023

    The CBU-ACESM through the Monitoring and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Impacts (MBEI) Thematic Area now running the summer school training from 24th July – 2nd August, 2023. More details here

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CBU-ACESM Center Supported Programmes

  • 1
    Master of Science(MSc)

    With specialization in any of the following fields: Environmental Engineering Monitoring and Management, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, ICT, Occupational Hygiene, Applied Epidermiology, Project Management, Natural Resources Management or Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Management.

  • 2
    Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

    With specialization in any of the following fields: Environmental Engineering Monitoring and Management, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, ICT, Occupational Hygiene, Project Management, Natural Resources Management or Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Management.

  • 3
    Master in Business Administration

    Master in Business Administration (General)

  • 4
    Doctor of Philosophy(PhD)

    in any of the following: Natural Resources Management, Tropical Ecology and and Biodiversity Management, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, ICT, Occupational Hygiene Project Management, Mining, Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering, Geomatics, Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering, Monitoring and Management.

    More Information about CBU School of Graduate Studies
  • 5
    Doctor of Business Administration

    Doctor of Business Administration (General)




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